Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Empowering Parents, Thriving Children
Explain your idea in details:
Having a child with a neuro-developmental-developmental disorder as a parent comes with a lot of responsibilities, early medical intervention, social intervention and educational intervention. Finance becomes a yardstick to support that child and the rest of the family. That is why we partnered with the Let Cerebral palsy Kids Foundation who will be responsible for the screening and nomination of 10 low income mothers of cerebral palsy across Nigeria. The parents will be trained on Business Model Canvas, Digital marketing including Facebook and Instagram tools, Budgeting, Financial management,Financial reporting, Raising fund, Business development planning and marketing and pricing strategies and Business Pitch. While the children undergo creative art skills on paining, bead making and jigsaw mathematics concurrently with their parents to social life skills and experiences needed for their physical and mental well-being. During the course of Business master class for the parents, parents will be awarded small enterprise grants to start up small enterprises after scrutinized business pitch exercise. On the long run after the training, parents will undergo regularly mentoring and M&E exercises to enable them achieve their commitment to their business goals and developmental milestone of their children.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The impact of this idea is focused solely on the special needs community which consists of the parents particularly the mothers who because of unequal opportunities to funding and primary health schemes for their Cerebral Palsy children are not accessing decent works for economic empowerment. Secondly our target is children living with Cerebral Palsy who are not underprivileged to attend mainstream schools and be enriched with formal and informal education. This solution is offered for their future readiness to discover their passion in creative arts and start making subconscious efforts to pursue a career path in what they have been taught. Our project will be evaluated through the constant mentorship and technical support we provide for the Cerebral Palsy children and their parents, through the monitoring and evaluation exercises we conduct for their parents in becoming financially independent, through the success stories we get of each parent trained on financial literacy and is already running a full fleshed business to support her home, lastly through added technical and financial sponsorship that we get from the trajectory we incur from the pilot phase of this project.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our source of income will come from primary and secondary sponsors and partners. This cuts across financial inclusion organizations, grants, companies with Corporate Social Responsibility in disabilities and financial inclusion. Our customers are mothers with special needs children. Our product is providing financial literacy and entrepreneurial opportunities for the social and economic uplift of low income mothers and their special needs children. After each training they are either given a grant to support their small enterprise to scale or they are linked to career opportunities in organizations and companies within their career spheres. After these women have added seed grant into their enterprise and broken even with their businesses, they will be taught to start small investments with our organizations where they save 10 to 20% of their profit to collect back with an interest at a particular period of time. On the other hand, as we collect their saving investment, we shall plunge it to other areas of residual income streams that will help us run our organization on a daily basis until their saving investment matures for it to be claimed. This will aid our operations cost for our organization as well as support the women in financially investing in their future. Our collaborators will be governmental and non governmental organizations, financial inclusion organizations, fin tech companies and private organizations within and outside Nigeria.
My name is Racheal Inegbedion . I hail from Lagos state, Nigeria. I am a social advocate that uses technology, entrepreneurship, mentorship and capacity development to advocate for women, teenagers and Persons with mental and physical challenges. I currently run a digital technology company known as ARPG Tech that empowers women and teenagers to maximize their productivity in STEM, Education and Business. To continue to feed my passion to advocate for People living with disabilities, I co-founded a non profit known as Initiative for National Growth Africa where in partnership with skilled professionals, corporate organizations and youth led organizations, I organize training in entrepreneurship, career development and health outreach for PWD's, caregivers of disabled homes,management of institutions and foundations,and parents of PWDs. In 2018, I was was awarded the Young African Leaders Initiative Spirit Awards during Regional Leadership Congress of Cohort 4 in Accra, Ghana. I also was awarded the Conference of Emerging Entrepreneurs award for my contribution to entrepreneurship and mentorship for budding entrepreneurs in December 2018 organized by the United State Consulate Lagos state in collaboration with the Field of Skills and Dreams in Lagos state, Nigeria. Moreover, I have shown traction in fabricating STEM products And Services related to 3D Printing, Robotics , VR, AR and Educational blogging in order to improve the learning capacity of teenagers between the ages of 5- 18 years in the areas of Mathematics, physics, geography and technology. I believe that empowering women, teenagers and people living with disabilities in the Nigerian society will increase employable skills and also encourage a strong positioning for them in the society to fight for poverty alleviation for themselves and their families and enable them safe and prosperous.