Best Projects 2020 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.
Yida Garments Koyonzo
Published on September 17, 2020 um 09:31
Type of Enterprise
informal program/project , other
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
Yida garment is a social business that supports vulnerable village based communities by empowering youth and women through skills training in tailoring and screen printing. We use tailoring as a business and empowerment because of its simplicity and ease in knowledge transfer. We focus on local markets for both its clients and beneficiaries. The tailoring market in koyonzo is faced with the challenge of high production costs due to lack of local factories and suppliers to obtain textiles and relevant equipment. High level of unemployment which is compounded by high levels of semi-literacy and lack of employ-ability. Lack of adequate skills and technical know-how in running tailoring business within the target community. Yida garments provides business opportunities for local tailors through selling of subsidized textile merchandise while at the same time providing platform for networking, business growth and training for them, In addition, we organized training workshops to provide basic tailoring and screen printing education at a low cost. This is innovative because it addresses a missing need in the market where manufacturing capacity is low and unemployment is high The business further provides a working space for skills exchange and knowledge transfer for aspiring tailors and those that need support.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Two thirds of the youth and young women in Koyonzo are unemployed with at least half of them being school dropouts. The market consists of unskilled youths and few trained tailors with few resources like sewing machines and fashionable materials. The target market comprises of more than five hundred schools, welfare societies and hospitals. These are ready markets for businesses in hospitals/school textile merchandise. We are reducing the importation of products that can be acquired locally. Currently we are serving more than two hundred customers on a daily basis. We have changed the way youth and young women think about self-employment by creating a working culture among the youth. More than one hundred young women have been able to employ themselves in tailoring businesses directly and more than three hundred indirectly. Seven youths are now running their screen printing businesses in different towns. We have seen consideration of locally made products from ten schools and three hospitals, within the community with the population of ten thousand and five hundred respectively.
Sustainability and future plans
Yida garments Koyonzo generate revenue from the retail sale of clothing, training fee and other textile merchandise. 2020 sales are projected to be $2800 due to COVID-19, and we expect sales to surpass $12,000 yearly by the end of 2025. We will achieve month-to-month profitability when things return to normalcy. Yida garments requires $10,000 to expand on the facility and inventory, We are currently seeking additional funding from outside angel investors, business grants and loans. Our goal is to empower more than five hundred youths every month. I believe entrepreneurship campus will help me reach the right network, making this possible by amplifying my growth. Our future plan is to see Yida garment expanding to other countries. We want to create employment for many youths through tailoring and screen printing, and matching them with skills as well as creating business networks and above all becoming self-sufficient.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Shafi graduated from Kenyatta University with Bsc Microbiology in 2016, He is 29 years old,Being an entrepreneur with extensive experience in rural settings. Shafi is passionate about developing communities that are self-sustaining and self-dependent, by providing alternatives for decent work and economic growth. He provides solutions targeting Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) challenges. Being the Co-founder and managing Director at Yida Garments Koyonzo, he is in charge of coming up with projects and programs. His passion in promoting peace through art (screen printing) has enabled him to create employment for several youths. Shafi has participated in Africa YES program in 2019, where he gained knowledge on Leadership and social entrepreneurship. He attended a four week workshop on executive assist training by Executive assist Africa LTD. In 2012 and 2013, he participated in a volunteer clean up at Mbagathi Hospital and Kenyatta national hospital.