Young Entrepreneurs (YE) is a 6-month business program for girls living in the Kawangware and Mathare slums. The girls attend weekly classes through which they learn the skills they need to start their own businesses. They develop a business plan and are divided into experiential business groups. They are challenged to do what they love while also helping their community.

Each time they attend class, the girls receive money which they save to cover their start-up costs. At the end of the program, they present their businesses to a panel of judges who may award them the funds necessary to continue. They also celebrate through a special graduation ceremony where they receive their Young Entrepreneurs certificate—a weighty achievement to add to their résumés.

When the girls are at YE, they say it’s like they don’t even live in a slum anymore. Maybe one day, they won’t have to.

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Next Steps
    • “Follow” YE on Blogger []—The girls have access to the blog and would love some encouragement. Go ahead and leave them a comment!
    • Pray for the girls—The ladies of Cohort 1 are finalizing their business plans for presentation. They will meet with the judges within the next 2 weeks. The ladies of Cohort 2 are ready to being their experiential businesses. Understandably, they’re all a little anxious.
    • Encourage a girl in your own life—Remind her that she’s beautiful and talented and really can change her world!
    Next Steps

About the Author: Jocelyn is a freelance photojournalist with World Next Door. She studied Creative Writing and Missions at Concordia University Irvine. She enjoys reading, writing and traveling. She also likes butterflies.

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  1. Pam said... 


    July 30th, 2011 at 2:35 pm  

    “Maybe one day they won’t have to…” <3

  2. LeAnne Hardy said... 


    August 6th, 2011 at 7:19 pm  

    Beautiful story told in pictures. Thank you.

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