Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Bibieandrea Services Venture
Explain your project in details:
Bibieandrea Services Venture is borne out of scientific research study, following a dissertation on (The Causes of Reduced Workers Productivity and Incentives: A Case Study on Sub-Saharan African Organisations). Bibieandrea is into Education and Training. Our Mission/Goal is to keep striving to promote and build a healthy foundation for students, job seekers, entrepreneurs and professionals by creating employment and quality educational opportunity for the people by 30%. Since Bibieandrea inception in 2018, we have successfully impacted, trained and equipped 150 people onsite and 500 individuals via our social media channels through (seminars and workshops) and helped 20 persons secure a job through our constant job posting, the job interview and career coaching. We have equally supported 3 youth entrepreneurs and 2 out of school children in the rural/peri-urban community to further their education through a grant from our projected revenue. For example, our project helped David a 14-year-old boy in 2018 from South-West Nigeria to go back to school to finish his secondary education. And now, David has passed his Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam, and he is currently processing admission into University. The end-benefit for using our education and training service(s) is that they assist the people to develop themselves both personally and professionally and to advance and/or grow their careers. As a social enterprise, what makes our service offering unique/different from other competitors is that we make education and training opportunity affordable; at a fraction of the main cost for the people. Finally, we take education and training opportunity to the doorstep of the people specifically in rural/peri-urban community and/or the most abandoned of places in Nigeria where training and education is a scarce commodity free of cost to the underprivileged people. Our team of professionals are best placed to solve this problem as a result of their education and skills in resolving an educational social issue.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
According to the UN Statistics Division SDI datasets visualize 2030, quality education for all has not been evenly promoted and provided for and as such, has not been diversified. The educational system around the world especially the developing and the underdeveloped nations has shown great fluctuation. Research estimate suggests that over 260 million people in the developing and underdeveloped world are not learning and not in school and over 33 million people that are in school cannot afford to train and/or send their children to school. The problem of poor-quality education is a challenge in Nigeria and the most affected is the girl child. 50% of girls in the rural/peri-urban community cannot afford to pay for quality education and/or lacked the necessary funds to go to school; seeing many girls drop out of school before the end of their primary or secondary education. Another pertinent problem includes poor teacher quality, school fees challenge, etc. To create a lasting solution to decreasing poor quality education challenge, our venture is committed to improving peoples lives by 30% by proving access to affordable quality educational opportunity, training and enlightenment facility whereby the people can be more educated and to widen access through which the people can develop their skills, grow their careers and to generate jobs via the UN Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 8. In doing this, our business measures the success of our impact outcome on this solution through pre/post surveys and feedback evaluation form which is a key indicator for us to measure the areas where this project is making a successful impact and/or not so successful influence. Through this project design tools, we have made an attempt to reduce the poor quality education gap in the rural and peri-urban community by 30%. Our project mission is to give more out of school children in rural/peri-urban community access to quality education and this is directly pertinent to SDG indicator 4.1 net primary school enrolment rate of (64.1%). To ensure our project is directly providing access to quality education by reducing the 50% gap of out of school children in a rural and peri-urban community in Nigeria, this project is providing the (tuition fees) to further 2 out of school children education annually thereby contributing to SDG indicator 4.1 net primary rate of (64.1%). Also, our project mission and/or objective is to decrease the unemployment rate in Nigerian graduates. The SDG indicator that best describes this initiative is indicator 8.1 unemployment rate of (7%). To show this project is directly contributing to SDG 8, Bibieandrea is committed to train, equip and empower 300 youths annually thereby contributing to SDG indicator 8.1 of the unemployment rate of (7%). Thus, the project is contributing positively in a beneficial way to Sustainability Development Goals 4 and 8. This is relevant because it allows us to access where the project is making both positive and negative impacts. (Indicator Source: SDG Index and Dashboards (SDSN).
Sustainability and future plans
$5,000.01 USD was raised in 2018 by our project of which $1,500.00 USD was used to support 2 out of school children education in a rural and peri-urban community in Nigeria, which means at least one (1) year of basic schooling for a child currently out of school. With additional funding requested, we would be able to raise $10,000.00 USD more, thus put at least 4 number of more children in school for at least one (1) year. In 2018, we trained at about 150 people onsite and up to 500 people online through our education and training program. We also assisted in securing a job for at least 20 people through our constant job posting, career and job interview coaching and counselling sessions. As such, we partnered with one (1) organisation to get our business known and deliver our services through their network. With additional funding requested, we would be able to partner with at least one (1) more educational and training consulting business. This will ensure our business is noticed by more people and will get to our target customers/audience, and as a result, been showcased to more individuals who are in dire need of our services. The key milestones both (commercial, marketing and technical) for our venture in the next 12 months is achieving service/market fit for the business, that is, having more customers/clients accept our business in the market which is all summed up in maintaining good customer relationship, key partners, value proposition and cost structure. Another key milestone for our venture in the next 12 months is Finance, such as gaining market traction through the constant generation of revenue for the business via our education and training service. This is relevant in other for us to establish a good marketing roadmap for growth and scalability for Bibieandrea Services Venture. Last, of all, in all of these elements, having an effective team to accomplish these milestones is key. Having secured a consistent revenue model for the business, another step is hiring qualified and suitable candidate that is best placed to deliver on our services via the business core values, identity and culture. These cited factors are key indicators for our business to achieving successful commercial, marketing and technical key milestones in the next 12 months that are needed to be implemented. The following tools and processes will be used to measure whether or not our project is achieving its goals and expected results. The pre/post surveys will be used to measure how effective our project is achieving its goals and expected outcomes. This will be accomplished by sending out the pre-surveys during the start of any event or program and post-surveys after the end of the event to evaluate how impactful the project met the customers/students expectations. The person in charge of overseeing this project effectiveness during and after every event of the organisation will be the Administrative Team.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Blessing is born on July 2nd, 1987 to the family of Mr Christopher I. Ikiseh and Mrs Anthonia I. Ikiseh. She is a Human Resource Professional/Organisational Psychologist. She has 6 years of experience in accounting, human resources, education and training, leadership in business, entrepreneurship, and administrative roles. She is a final year masters degree student of the School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies at the University of South Wales, UK (online study) majoring in Business Psychology in the field of Industrial-Organisational Psychology. The reason for her choosing this field (work) stems from an intellectual curiosity to understand the psychology of human behaviour as it pertains to workplace settings and business and more importantly in life. Blessing has the ability of a good leader, and a gift for order and priority and a strong passion for youth development and education. She was recognised by the Honor Society Organization, U.S.A in 2018 for an outstanding Graduate Achiever and Community Service Award. She is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), U.S.A. Aside from working full time with Main One as the Human Resource Manager for the company, Blessing runs the Education and Training initiative BIbieandrea Services Venture with a major focus of creating a quality educational opportunity for the people in her community. This initiative is motivated by the poor-quality educational opportunity available to the people specifically in the rural/peri-urban community in Nigeria. Our venture exists to widen access to affordable quality educational opportunity and to create employment for the people in her community by 30%.