We are thrilled to introduce our new Rafiki Social manager Simon, pictured with our wonderful Outreach manager Jacqui. Rafiki Social, a social enterprise program, provides our young men and women, who have turned 18 and moved back into their communities, with work experience in local businesses and vocational training.
The business venture also assists families in our Outreach program who live in horrendous poverty, which puts their children at risk. The families are given training and tools, such as sewing machines and weighing scales, to help them set up small businesses. They are empowered to support their families and break the cycle of poverty and abuse.
Based in Nakuru, Kenya, we asked Simon why he wanted to work for Rafiki Mwema.
“I want to work on the Rafiki Social program so that I can restore a lost happy smile to the needy in our society. I was working in microfinance for the last two years. I felt the kind of impact that I was making was not the desired one, since I was dealing with members of society who had means of paying the loans. I had to leave out the most needy, since the company was not willing to take any risk on them. Rafiki Mwema was offering a chance to deal with those who I was feeling were needing help, but the gap was always being left unfilled.
“Bringing a happy smile to a face that has long forgotten about it, is so awesome.”
We look forward to seeing Rafiki Social grow under Simon’s leadership, meeting the needs of many more young adults and families. If you would like to learn more about this amazing social enterprise head over to our projects page: 👉https://rafikimwema.com/projects/rafiki-social/