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New technologies, new opportunities…

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New technologies, new opportunities…

Every entrepreneur wants to be associated with a successful businesses; Mpesa is just one of them. Since its Launch in 2007 by Safaricom and Vodacom, MPESA has been considered a global success. Researchers show that more than two Thirds of adults in Kenya use MPESA for their transactions, this research further states that MPESA  does about 8 million transactions daily. Mpesa can be used for Shopping, Utility bills, Taxi ride, Deposits and many other uses. Currently Mpesa has about 85,000 agents countrywide and Janet Gesare is one of...

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Where laughs are shared: Shiku’s Salon

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Where laughs are shared: Shiku’s Salon

In a nice single room, a lady stood busily braiding a young customer’s hair as they engaged in a serious conversation spiced with laughter. You could tell the conversation was friendly and the relationship built between them was cordial and respectful. On the shelves of the room were well-organized beauty products, a picture of the president of Kenya, and the business license from the county government. The eyes turn to us as we enter the room and it’s all smiles as she motions us in, saying karibu…. welcome to the Jackline Wanjiru...

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Business thriving…

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Business thriving…

“Sometimes life beats you so hard, you just have to fight on, the sun rises each morning as a sign of hope, you have to find any ounce of energy in you to keep trying. ” Jane Machari narrates her story. Jane’s story is of determination, hard work and hope. Struggling as a single mother of two children she has toiled to make sure they attend school by working in any job menial jobs she could find. “I learnt to braid hair since I was very young” Jane continues “ I wanted to get training on using different hair products and different...

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Empowering with a business!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Empowering with a business!

Lucy is a mother of three children, a girl and two boys, she resides in Ngong, Kenya. She is the backbone of the family when it comes to financial support.  Lucy used to run a small business but fell on tough times and used the funds to support her family needs. When she wanted to start again, she went from bank to bank seeking for a loan but she couldn’t, as she didn’t have any collateral.  She was sharing her frustration with a close friend when the friend referred her to talk to Opening Village Doors team in Kenya. Lucy received...

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A Day of the Girl Child

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. It is a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The UN in their assessment states “There is overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm...

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Africa’s Pulse

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Africa’s Pulse

Twice a year, the World Bank issues a report entitled: Africa’s Pulse: An analysis of issues shaping Africa’s economic future. Just this month of October 2013 the bank released the report and here are a few highlights; Global economic activity remains subdued, and despite signs of strengthening in high-income countries, significant downside risks persist. Economic activity remains strong in much of Sub-Saharan Africa, underpinned by robust domestic demand. The economic outlook for the region is positive, although the region is...

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We can end extreme poverty by 2030

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We can end extreme poverty by 2030

On October 1st, the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim called for a “ social movement to end poverty” and declaring that “we can end extreme poverty by 2030”. The speech highlighted a shifting change and recognition that the bank and all of us need to “partner with the private sector to use their expertise and capital to fight poverty, invest in women and girls and the youth in general to change villages, communities and reducing and eventually eliminating poverty. Opening Village Doors has embarked on this journey.  We have...

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Potential Made Possible by You!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Potential Made Possible by You!

There is a swahili saying that states ” haba na haba hujaza kibaba” meaning, ‘little by little fills up the measure.’ I use this saying to answer a question that I have been getting of late expressing willingness to help sponsor a project to empower a family out of poverty in Kenya. Below are some examples on how to help Opening Village Doors Foundation empower more individuals through capital to start businesses, training and mentoring. Here are ways you can help. Does your business have a jeans day or sponsor...

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Help with Getting a Job

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Help with Getting a Job

Patrick Onyancha moved from his rural village in Kisii to Nairobi to look for work as it is customary for many rural youth as they finish high school. It was very difficult to “get a job” Patrick recalls. It took several months doing any menial job that he could find to support himself and his family back in the village. It wasn’t long before he was told of an opportunity to be a watchman at a local church, which he promptly applied and got. Patrick has been working there for over 3 years now making less than $60 a...

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Mama Kapante

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mama Kapante

Two years ago Mama Kapante did not have anywhere to turn to, with her son in college, a sick husband whose medication had wiped out the family’s little savings they had, Mama Kapante started going door to door asking if anyone had any menial job so she can work for them to get some cash to support her family. “The situation was bad, I had some days we slept hungry and my son was sent home from school” Mama Kapante stated. It so happened in the same year, OVDF was starting operations in her area; she approached the team in...

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