Best Projects 2022 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.

MaBinti

Your title/position Founder
Type of Enterprise informal program/project
Year the ngo or company was founded 2022
Website N/A

Explain your project in details:

MaBinti will aim to support adolescent girls and young women to achieve the below; Regain employment and be re-trained for new opportunities. Set up/evolve micro and small businesses, including seed funding, training, or the adaptation of existing businesses to focus on new products or services. Expand young womens and girls representation, voice, and decision-making influence in their communities or at the workplace. Develop skills that will allow girls and women to earn a living and put these to use in the job market or through entrepreneurship, including boosting engagement with STEM subjects. Increase access to girl-friendly information and services about sexual and reproductive health and rights, including proper nutrition, family planning and mental health. Ensure adolescent girls and young women increase their financial literacy and can access financial information, products and services that cater to their specific needs. Create role models and give adolescent girls and young women a support network. Address the disproportionate burden of unpaid work on girls and women, ensuring that they can attend school or other training opportunities, take part in paid work and participate in social and community-building activities. Ensure that adolescent girls and young women have the agency and independence to move freely and safely. Ensure adolescent girls and young women have the right to live free from violence. This includes domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, infanticide, early & forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and sexual exploitation and assault.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

This would be divided into these three sections that would be measurable and recorded to track performance and impacts. Me to Me - Phase 1 'Welcome to Authentically Me' sessions girls learn the laws of the body, the seat of social and reproductive functions; the principles and practices of nurturing a family; and women's place in society. Me to Others - Phase 2, during which late-adolescent girls and boys acquire the logic of the things which go together: human procreation, marriage and a household, and other fertile potentialities. Others to Me - Phase 3, young people learn broad community values, law, and the political principles that have long united vast nations of African people. Beadwork and other material and body arts feature in women's presentation of themselves, as do choreographies.

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Sustainability and future plans

Our model is fee for service and subscription model where the parents, guardians and donors contribute to as the main finance source. We plan to expand by inviting other collaborators who share the same core values as we do.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

We are 40yr old awakening African women, single mothers, educated to graduate level, professionals in Finance, Permaculture, transformational coaching and filmmaking. Our motivation comes from remembering some African societies used to practice girls' initiation, although not as commonly as for boys as Female Genital Mutilation is now illegal compared to ancient times. Female puberty is far easier to recognise than male because of the onset of menstruation. This important moment is accompanied by guidance offered by a girl's mother or other closely related women. The period of adolescence has been described as a period of storm and stress arising out of, among other factors, the dramatic physical maturation processes. The experience of pubertal changes may be associated with excitement, anxiety, distress and other psychological problems depending on the expectations and understanding of what the changes signify and mean.

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