The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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.

Bead art by Jane

Your title/position Founder
Type of Enterprise informal program/project
Year the ngo or company was founded 2013
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Explain your project in details:

In regards to Social Development Goal (sdg) goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; My objective is to help youth and community to be creative with artistic ideas that can turn into successful social enterprises to eradicate poverty, unemployment and improve innovation. Bead Art making is a unique, creative way of developing innovative goods by handcraft pieces such as servietteboxes, tablemats and other extraodinary vintage treasures. Why I consider this idea is innovative and generally new in the market because from tradition people have been using plastic bags or mats to store their tissues. This Bead art skill will eliminate tradition, including plastics which are harmful to the environment. Innovative for those who want to customized and accessorizes their homes, cars, events, offices and even hotel dining. Also the Hand crafted beaded boxes is customized to ones colour, design and its beautiful accessory unlike the existing norm of wrapped paper. Another Best thing with this art piece can be used as gifts, which from experience people have bought from me to gift their loved ones. Social occasions and some hotels use glasses when presenting the serviettes which are easily breakable, this Bead art product is durable because the material used is plastic and thus lasts longer saving cost. The product is also light in weight - The product is a multipurpose. It can be used as a jewelry box and also a decoration which bring about a sense of beauty which brightens up moods.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Through bead making I have managed to sell over 500 pieces of serviettes and table mats one on one on friends, relatives and colleagues and referrals from 2013. Also Online marketing have assisted me. The major one being an online market in Kenya with wider market. I have also sold many country flagged serviette boxes abroad by friends buying from me and selling them in their respective diffrent country of residence. I have trained not less than 10 Youths the art and they have benefited them financially and talent wise. Emotionally Bead art reduces low self esteem. When you see people use your products you feel proud. Bead making is key in curbing challenges related Sustainable development goals (SDGs) mainly SDG Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth will it benefit youth by extension because bead work provides financial sustainability. This is because when they sell the product they get income. This will be enabled by selfemploying one self instead of relying on employment which is scarce in these modern days. Social isolation ,Social Life is improved because its available for sharing and easy to learn. When a group of youths identify themselves in the beading art interest they can meet and train each other new skills and thus socializing. SDG Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Many youths dont know what their talents are and by doing hard crafts they realize they have a talent and utilize it to come up with a different innovative product .Youths will have an extra curriculum activity instead of involving themselves in bad or harmful practices, activities and groups. E.g. drug abuse, sexual immoralities, robbery etc thus creating a better community. Through exports, an international market will be introduced thus industry and growth of the country.

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Sustainability and future plans

The aim is to make a thousand pieces annually of serviette boxes for local and global exports to different countries. The boxes are tourist attraction and in our country Kenya we have African markets like Masaai Market. We shall also market to event companies e.g. weddings, and to local hotels industry where we can customize as required. A curio shop will also work Assisted by word of mouth that is one on one marketing and also online marketing like jumia, Olx, Facebook,intagram, and finally global online market like etsy, amazon, and ebay. Currently i fund my business. In the near future so as the business to grow; am working hard to get international and local youth grants by involving myself in innovative youth challenges. Bead art by jane future growth will be enhanced by Tourist when on vacation do shopping in our African markets called Masaai Market and Kariokor Market where the main aim is to sell there. Another future growth Is opening a curio shop, involve in local Exhibitions, expos and trade fairs, and show grounds, training and employing youths and finally creating a global export sales. Finally in the near future i want to enroll in art school and learn other different kind of arts which will widen my skills.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Am from Kenya and have proffesionally studied Business management from St. Pauls University. I have been an admirer of art and beading hobby being my main motivating factor, i do beading as a Parttime time job where am a vendor in kenya online market company called Jumia where i sell my beaded crafts and other decorative items. I have managed to sell over 500pieces. I have also sold many country flaggedserviette boxes. I have also trained not less than 10 youths. The Art requires hard work and a lot of dedication, not once have I slept late to finish orders. Without dedication and hardwork I wouldnt have made the Beaded Boxes I have made so far. Not everyone ill appreciate the art of making the Bead products and so is sometimes an emotional rollercoaster. By this I learnt to not always will close friends, family, relatives and some clients will appreciate what you do, but self-drive, confidence, prayers for God to bless the work of your hands and hardwork is the only way which will keep you emotionally stable and happy. No short cuts in life you have to work to sustain your income. Beading like any other Art Pays back even if its not equal to the labour work done. Also there is no art that is not financially sustainable even if its small. It will find its client No one will pay you for sick leaves, days off or leave so you better work hard and be obedient all the time even if you are your own boss. Bead art have really helped me to plan my budget. It pains a lot to waste money you have really worked hard for manually unlike salary.

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May 19, 2019 20:09

This initiative us awesome!empowering youth through handcraft would reduce unemployment in a nation and also empower a nation.i hope to to see this project get more expansion.keep up the good work of helping the economy financially.

May 19, 2019 16:23

The bead art is awesome. I like the idea behind it. Continue doing the noble work of helping youths to create self employment instead of waiting to be employed. All the best and you will get the award.

Cyrus njenga

May 19, 2019 11:42

The bead art is awesome. I like the idea behind it. Continue doing the noble work of helping youths to create self employment instead of waiting to be employed. All the best and you will get the award.

May 19, 2019 10:49

A good project as it creates jobs, eliminates plastic, developes brain and makes one creative.
hope u have a success.

Your idea is good and it looks it would have a great impact on society. I would appreciate it if you could vote and comment on my idea as well

May 19, 2019 09:33

Hi ndungu, I am following your work keenly.
Love that you are selling on jumia already. What are some of the things you make?? Can you share the photos? My phone number is 0724094472. How will you handle mass production? My own project is ripe for roll out, the mass production bit is what am still working on. How to ensure I can handle the vast market. You can comment on or vote for mine using the following link

Gynfer Kui

May 17, 2019 18:03

Good work Jane.I sincerely admire your approaches to impact other youths, it is one of the ways to eradicate poverty from the society. that will also go a long way and even increase youth outputs. B blessed and all the best

May 17, 2019 13:00

Incredible Project there Jane,lets be job creators and not job seekers,your work is a motivation to all youths.
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May 17, 2019 12:13

This is incredible work Jane. You surely have a talent and this is a motivation to all youths.

May you achieve your dream and win the global entrepreneurship award.

All the best girl.

May 17, 2019 09:46

Hi Jane, great one once more, you are doing great. Please do vote for me and also drop a comment on what you think of my idea.

Check the link here!


May 17, 2019 04:29

Hello I have voted for you do vote for me too kindly go to search for my project name Agribility and consider me win the competition. Do not relent keep soaring


May 17, 2019 04:16

Beautiful work you are doing over thea gal, continue doing what you love but most importantly empowering youths. They need to bevome young entreprenuers in this world of unemployment. Kudos and may u win the awards and may God take you to higher heights


May 17, 2019 03:35

This is a good idea which needs to be supported. The future is youths and its starts with a step. Continue doing what you doing and God will reward you. Cant wait for that award to land on. Great and b blessed


May 16, 2019 19:48

Noble work you are doing. Youths needs something like this to help them become occupied instead of engaging involving in bad activities, also training them will enable them create sustainable income

May 16, 2019 18:03

Good work Jane. I was once a bead maker, I learnt the skills when I was doing my Youth Service in my country and find it more interesting. I sincerely admire your approaches to impact other youths, it is one of the ways to eradicate poverty from the society. But more to that, I will advise you to organise an impacting training for your students in Kenya, that will also go a long way and even increase your outputs and even serve as one of your corporate social responsibilities. More grace!


May 16, 2019 17:14

Wow jane thIs is amazing .Great wotk which is an inspiration to many youths in the country . With such initiative it will encourage many youths .may God bless your work

Stephen Mwaura

May 16, 2019 15:33

This is incredible, have read your project and I can see how the hobby turns into a vision of helping youths, amazing work, continue the working hard, and all the best.


May 16, 2019 14:23

Your bead art is so amazing,i love it. Such an inspiration to the young generation. This is the Kenyan youth we aspire for the growth of the economy. May God bless the work of your hands and may you soar higher heights. Go girl go girl.


May 16, 2019 10:54

.ahmmmmazing.what a captivating excellence from you Jane.On spot.keep it up,you are such an inspiration to the youth.may God bless you and the work of work.Let the sky be your lower limit.


May 16, 2019 09:31

Wow jane am super excited for you on your achievements This is such an inspiration to many to many youths and on this stage may God bless you and open more doors for you.


May 16, 2019 09:16

Jane am happy for your achievement on the global youth empowerment.may your work be blessed and continue doing what you love.this is an inspiration to many youths out there..God bless


May 16, 2019 08:06

Jane am happy for your achievement and congratulations. May you continue doing your best and am sure soo many people have been inspired and With God everything is possible. God bless


May 16, 2019 07:51

Dear Jane am super excited for your achievements..I am happy for you for empowering youth and make one see there are many opportunities for youth out there ..may God bless you always


May 16, 2019 06:52

Go go Jane. Such an excellent project you have right there especially with youth development on mind. Keep up the amazing work. I wish you all the very best and God bless you.

Teresia Ndungu

May 16, 2019 06:19

First of all I really want to want to congratulate you on your achievements.. You are empowering many you out there and and this is an inspiration for me and and for many people especially the you. May God keep blessing you

Jane M

May 16, 2019 05:39

This is a good initiative to help young people. Continue doing the good work. I like the vision and idea ahead. All the best and may you get tthis award. We are here to support you.


May 16, 2019 02:59

Bids art, beautiful pieces you make Jane. This a reminder to never underestimate a Hobby, for look where you are!!Congratulations for the far you have come and may God continue blessing the work of your hands.

Michael G Njenga

May 16, 2019 02:07

Go go Jane. Such an excellent project you have right there especially with youth development on mind. Keep up the amazing work. I wish you all the very best and God bless you.

Betty nyaanga nyakarathis

May 15, 2019 22:09

This is good work Jane, its inspiring to our young youth also you have created employment. Your innovative
. we would like to see your work more out there globally. Am sure you will go far and I wish you all the best.


May 15, 2019 20:40

Congrats Jane, this is a good initiative and passion to help youths, am happy for you, you are going far, I love everything about your art, the journey of a thousand miles start with one step. Go go go bring this award home, nice work.

priscillah Ndungu

May 15, 2019 20:37

Wow..This is such an inspiration to young people...I am so impressed for the far you have come & sure you are going far....Indeed you have overcome many challenges & your determination is admirable..
All the best Jane and many oppotunities are on the way...

Teresia Ndungu

May 15, 2019 20:35

Your work is wonderful and am soo proud of you
Congrats and I pray you win this award You are an inspiration to many youth. You are going far. You will God\\\'s speed and all the best.

David Wachu

May 15, 2019 20:22

Very impressed by your work Jane...keep it up you are going far.
I hope and wish as youth we can learn and leap from good examples like this one here.Thanks for also showing fabulous example.
All the best dear and keepup the good work....kudos


May 15, 2019 19:26

Am impressed by your project. For your project to be nominated that's hardworking gal, keep doing what you love. Great job, congrats and hoping you get the award


May 15, 2019 19:26

Am impressed by your project. For your project to be nominated that's hardworking gal, keep doing what you love. Great job, congrats and hoping you get the award


May 15, 2019 19:14

Your work is beautiful, this is encouraging especially to the young youths who are looking for jobs which are scarce, you are going far Jane, congratulations and hope you win this award. All the best


May 15, 2019 18:51

A very noble idea which needs to be supported and facilitated...
Its also good to know that you have managed to involve other youths to learn and share in this idea which is both economically beneficial and will also help to keep them busy and avoid other actions which might endanger their lives
Congratulations Jane, God bless