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.
Social enterprise business for the marginalized street youths.
Explain your idea in details:
The aim of this project idea is to create decent jobs for street families and youths in specific. Entrepreneurship plays a pivotal role in creating a long-lasting sustainable communities. Poverty, stigma, drugs and sexual assault are some of the threads that knit together what life is like for women and youths or children living in the streets. Basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and health care are luxuries that are often too expensive to afford for them. Some of the objectives of the project idea are; to create decent jobs through entrepreneurship, end poverty, reduce injustices committed in the streets and have peace, and providing business training to street youths. Some of the activities will include vulnerability mapping of street families, pre-selection, verification of commitment and motivation to work, and training. Business monitoring, evaluation and documentation, focus group meetings every month and weekly record checking for business turnover in terms of profits or loses and get solutions to any challenges the youths face. All the support is to make average informal business owners such as restaurants, hairstylists, Eggs or vegetable sellers, second-hand clothes sellers among others. If these youths are engaged positively then they can be very hardworking and productive workforce but no one has trusted them to even give an opportunity to work for a wage. Most people treat them with disgust and rejection and I want to change that attitude towards them. By the end of the year 2020, my idea is targeting to have supported at least 500 street youths (survivors) in Mombasa to start and manage small businesses so that they are able to leave the streets and lead decent productive lives.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This project is focused on entrepreneurship and business in general which makes it very crucial in supporting the sustainable development goals mainly sdg 8: Decent work and Economic growth by giving street youths a decent and legal way to earn a living and have financial freedom. The other being SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by giving the street youths an opportunity to do business will move them away from harmful activities such as stealing, drug abuse, radicalization and other injustices committed in the streets; making them productive people in the community. Apart from the sustainable development goals stated above, this project will also be looking to solve the challenges such as; Bad health through improving the health and nutrition conditions of people who live in the streets, Education If they are able to support themselves financially then they can support their children to school and poverty alleviation through improving the economy and having good living standards.The project will impact the community positively and be inclusive of all the marginalized people living in the streets by enabling them to be in a position to do small business. Alongside being measurable in terms of how many youths will be able to start and run small successful businesses, profit turnover, job opportunities created. Overall is to make the community at large to change their views and negative attitude towards people living in the streets(Survivors) and be more willing to help and support them as they change their lives for the better.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The project idea Social enterprise business for the marginalized street youths aims to provide a sustainable solution. In this regard, we all know that handling businesses requires prior knowledge thus calling for training on entrepreneurship. During the start of implementation, extensive training is required for at least two weeks so as to cover all aspects of business such as record keeping, planning, how come up with ideas/business solutions, profits/losses, managing and presentation. This leaves a long lasting impact on the street survivors such that they can use the knowledge obtained for their own good or teach it to others even long after the project ends. Also as their small business grow, they will be creating job opportunities for their fellow survivors and others from the community. There will be monthly generation of reports on the businesses. We can document the project activities through taking photos, videos, creating a website, posting on social media and writing reports. Financial support will be solicited from donors/grants, sponsorship from individuals, institutions, NGOs and government for sustainability. It is important to engage the community at large for this project idea to be successful and I plan engage them through social media platforms, Television /radio talk shows, getting some survivors to tell their stories, using images and local newspapers so as to gain their support. I also believe in team work and will be looking to collaborate with individuals or organizations working with street families, education institutions and the government for effective and efficient implementation of this project idea to benefit all survivors in major cities in Kenya, East Africa and globally.
I am Mercyline Onwonga a 24 year old Kenyan project manager. A graduate in the field of Project planning and management from Karatina University. I was born and raised in Mombasa County, Kenya; where most youths have opted to live in the streets due poverty and unemployment thus making it a base for my project. I have volunteered with many different organizations that deal with poverty alleviation (Volunteer Services Overseas), Gender inequality(Global Peace Women Kenya), Peace Advocacy (Peace Ambassadors Integration organization), and Mentorship programs. My motivation started when my younger brother disappeared earlier this year and we had to go around in the streets looking for him. In the process I got to meet so many street youths who are passionate to improve their lives positively. Most of their opportunities are limited to what they can hassle out of people's pockets in terms of borrowing or a forced job. ( They prefer to be called "Survivors") After interacting with them at a personal level, I got to know that Many of these street youths are witty, talented and some educated too. What they lack most is opportunity and understanding. People to change their hurdles into possibility. This would curb cases of insecurity and radicalization that we currently associate them with. Business is what I have been supporting myself with through campus and even after even though I have not been formally employed, it has not been a problem. This is what I want all youths to have starting from the streets to reduce the suffering and injustices.