The Conrad N. Hilton funded Sisters’ Blended Value Project began the first module of the Social Enterprise Programme for participants who are in the early stages of their social enterprise or have ministries that have the potential to be converted to sustainable social enterprises. This course is relevant for Catholic Sisters who have a ministry, charity or social enterprise start-up and are interested in contributing to change in their communities and congregations, and those who are struggling with questions of how to run their enterprise in a sustainable manner.
The first cohort began the capacity development sessions at Strathmore University Business School, Nairobi, on 26th April 2022 with 23 participants from eight congregations attending the four day in-person sessions. Participants will be taken through four modules delivered through in-person learning, coaching and mentoring spread throughout a period of eight months. The participants are from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia.
Teaching methodologies vary from lectures, case studies, field visits, guest speaker sessions, and videos. Following the first module, participants will be taken through six sessions of coaching to help them develop a comprehensive social enterprise plan that will clearly show how the identified areas of weaknesses have been addressed, and the plan can be submitted for grant and/or seed capital application. Participants will be supported in the process of working on their projects from learning how to prepare a social enterprise plan and being coached during the process to the final output. Action learning projects are an essential part of the Social Enterprise Program, allowing participants to gain valuable coaching time after the completion of every module. These projects will go towards the overall eligibility of a participant’s social enterprise plan for grant and/or seed capital.
The first cohort from Tanzania began their training on 3rd May 2022. They will be followed by Zambia and Uganda in the coming weeks before the commencement of the second, more advanced level of the Social Enterprise Programme, which will focus on growth aspects of an already established social enterprise.
Article by Katherine Keango
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