SOUND HER NIGERIA
Explain your idea in details:
Sound Her Nigeria is a new sole proprietary business in Kaduna, Nigeria. This business provides basic education, vocational skills and leadership training for girls and women that missed the opportunity of attending school. I combine basic math and literacy classes with vocational skills like sewing, knitting, tailoring, soap making and pomade making, local custard production and baking. This is meant to provide a solid foundation upon which girls can learn to support themselves. Sound Her Nigeria is dedicated to improving the lives of youth particularly marginalized girls in Northern Nigeria. The main objectives of Sound Her Nigeria are to improve basic education through greater access to classes via non-traditional methods, to create a sense of self worth among young girls, to instill in youths leadership and entrepreneurial skills, a sense of social responsibility and a commitment to helping others. The basic mathematics and literacy classes run from Monday to Thursdays in addition to a 2 hour skills acquisition sections. There is little enrollment charges per participant for a session. These fees are meant to sustain this venture and profits from here is reinvested into the center. Each academic session have 4 months each; a total of 3 sessions are used for training. Each participant is given start up kits upon graduation to encourage them to start a business and to also employ others. A follow up process will be done to make sure they start doing something. For girls that want to go back to school, I also help provide scholarship opportunities through partnering with Kaduna State Scholarship Board, 3 non-governmental organizations that will not only understand but also master the art of providing all the necessary skills or education to my training center.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Impact of Sound Her Nigeria on the sustainable development According to the national summary of primary school statistics (2015), Kaduna state records girls' completion rates as low as 7.8%. Factors such as parents unwillingness to send their daughters to school due to the position of girls in the family, accounted for this. Although it is the duty of government to provide basic education but I feel the government should not be left to do it alone. So I decided that it was a wake up call for Sound Her Nigeria to do more by providing alternatives to basic education and skills to young girls that were denied the opportunity of attending school. I use education and training to create productive employment which is vital for economic and social development in Nigeria My main target audiences are youths particularly girls in Kaduna State that were not given the privilege of attending school. There are girls who have passed the age of attending primary school. For example, no school will want to admit a teenager in primary 1, this is where Sound Her Nigeria comes in, to make provision of mathematics and literacy classes as well as vocational skills that will equip these girls to face global challenges. Sound Her Nigeria is expected to generate 6 thousand dollars in a year from 200 customers. So I will compare the number of customers gotten through social media and the amount of sales made. The measurement is as follows: Facebook: I am expecting 60 customers from facebook; I will track the total number of fans for my brand page. In addition, review the number of friends from those who became fans during a promotion and those who commented on or liked my posts to identify potential monthly Facebook reach. Facebook Insights provides value here.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
My business rented a hall in Kaduna South for the business operations because this is where 75% of my target customers are located. Recruitment and training of teachers follow immediately after renting of the training center. In- house training of teachers will be done continuously as the business grows. I will place adverts for in print and electronic media, use word of mouth advertisement etc to bring customers to my point of sale. Enrollment fee is $30 paid at three installments for the one year training. Upon graduation at the end of the year, each student is given either sewing machine, local oven, soap and pomade ingredients or recipe book to start their own small businesses. The maximum number of students this training center will train in a year will be 200 which will give us total revenue of $6000. The estimated cost for this business is $1480 and gross profit is $4520. I use my personal savings, money from friends and families and other grant issuing ventures to finance this project. I also partner with the Federation of Muslim Women and Christian Women Association of Nigeria, two major non-governmental organizations that support any project on girl child education. To ensure the long-term sustainability of this project, Sound Her Nigeria will have yearly training in proposal writing and to learn how to access future funding to support our girls’ education activities. Also, I use part of the profits to reinvest in the business and part of is used as scholarships for the girls that want to further their education. This will attract more females to our training center and this implies more revenue coming in that will help sustain this business.
Alero is a citizen of Nigeria and she was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is a successful 21st Century Educationist with over 10 years of teaching experience. She has a Diploma in Education from Ahmadu Bello University, Business Administration in view ,Certificates in School ownership, Girl Child Education training and Business Management and Entrepreneurship from African Management Initiative, Nairobi, Kenya. Alero had also worked with LauraStephens School Lagos, Nigeria where she won a Long Service Staff Award. Alero became a teacher for marginalized girls and women for a simple reason - she wants to make a difference. While there are many fields in which she could accomplish this goal, she feels that educating and training these girls is the one in which she can have the greatest impact. Every day, girls in Northern Nigeria are being told that they are not good enough, or that they just cannot. As a teacher, she feels she has a positive platform from which to dispel this fallacy. She grew up in a family of seven - her parents, her 4 older brothers and herself. Because of her large family, she has grown to appreciate working with others to create a common consensus, though she has also grown to value individualism. She has worked in many different settings with children of all ages, abilities, interests and backgrounds. Alero is also a skilled communicator; able to maintain cultural sensitivity, establish rapport with members of diverse groups, and promote team cohesiveness. At Michell's Tender Day Care and After School she was given an award of Best Staff of The year 2017. She is also a 2017 YALI West African Fellow. She has all it takes to run this business and make it successful. She is a disciplined and dedicated administrator who sees challenges as a