PROJECT ROOM - OVERVIEW OF THE VILLAGE &

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Fountain Youth Group takes this opportunity to wish all the neighbors and volunteers prosperous 2011. We like to extend a warm welcome to all those who have expressed interest in the work of Fountain Youth Group - Githurai - Kenya.

Fountain Youth Group - Githurai village take this opportunity to kindly request all neighbors and volunteers to introduce themselves highlighting their home area, skills, talents, hobbies, experience and how they plan to participate in Githurai village projects. Through this we will know more about each other and contribute effectively towards the village projects.

Fountain Youth Group kindly welcomes all of you! KARIBU KENYA ! KARIBU GITHURAI !!

Thanks Josephat, I look forward to reading it

Mary

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Hi,

Am very grateful for the assistance, this is a practical thing that can happen if we get this amount. The bank loans you have to be in position to have a collateral asset and sincerely we have no asset because since our establishment we have concentrated on serving community with social services.

Will work on the business plan and send to you then we can post it after you have gone through.

This project will offer transform the local youths from being dependent and indulging in social vices to
positive engagement in community development hence being self sustainable as a group and for individuals.
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josephat bwire

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Hi Josephat

I completely agree with you that the long term aim should be to be self-sustaining - otherwise you are dependent on outside donors forever. And, as you are running a programme that teaches business skills and creates small businesses, it sounds sensible to find ways to make money for FYG through this too.

I was quite surprised by the figures - you say that if you are able to get $2000, you will then be able to make a profit of $1000 per month. That seems very high.

If it is accurate, I would imagine that you would be able to get a business loan rather than looking for donations.

Any potential source of finance (be that a local loan, a grant from a local/international non-profit or business) will want to see a clear breakdown of setup/running costs and income.

How much detailed planning have you done? Are you able to post those plans here as it will help volunteers to get a clearer idea of what you are doing. If this is an area where you are looking for assistance (practical as well as fundraising) I would suggest setting up a separate task for it.

Mary

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Hi Mary,

The two projects that we have started requires finance hence depending on external factors makes the project sometimes not achieve its goals hence in line with our strategic plan , Fountain Youth Group has to be self sustainable by August 2012 hence we want to utilise the local youths through offering them with life skills then establish incubator social enterprise where the group can have its our funds from the project. After members establish franchise they still contribute some fund to the group. As per now the group has conducted one training where youths were trained on making detergent and selling while some using it for the incubator project that was launched in November 2010. This has not been easy because the services are of high demand by the community hence the incubator has limited resources to invest in the business to ensure the group has stable income.

If by any chance the group secures 2000 dollars then the group will be in position to purchase all the materials, employ twenty youths and offer quality services hence we will be in position to get 1000 dollars per month net which will assist Fountain Youth Group to be self sustainable and offer assistance to other villages.

Through the margin the group will train more youths in different skills and establish more incubators hence franchises thus the local community undergoing development and assisting other villages. Starting is hard because very few people can't see about future but see the past and present. Kindly advise the group on how to raise the above funds and improve on the project. Please advise.Good day
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josephat bwire

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Hi Josephat

Under the volunteer-finding task you wrote "Kindly continue to advise the community on the way forward to sustain the projects."

From reading your volunteer document I know that lack of money is an issue. So what have you done so far to try and resolve this? Do you hope to become completely independent of outside financial support?

You run primary schools in partnership with two other local organisations. Who is responsible for these - you or those other local groups? How do the schools cover basic running costs at the moment?

You also run a project for young people: "Fountain Youth Group has started training the local youths with some various life skills and entrepreneurship skills like making detergent, mats, toys, fuel briquette and event decorations and other relevant life skills. Then the group establishes social enterprises incubators for the trained skills where the local youths are employed in incubators as they produce the various products which are sold. After gaining experience the youths are assisted to establish own social enterprises as franchise of the group incubator in the other part of the city.". As well as providing training and employment, do these small businesses make any money for Fountain Youth Group? If not, are there ways to make that happen?

Quite a few questions! I am trying to get a better idea of what the situation is now, and where you want to be in the future.

Mary

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Hi Josephat

I have posted this here as its not really part of the 'find volunteers' task.

If you go to https://docs.google.com/View?docid=dgs9fnp6_0g5zp8p3n and click on ONLINE FUNDRAISING, you will find a list of sites where you can raise money online. They all work in slightly different ways e.g. some do not pass on donations until you have raised the full amount, have their own rules about who can register etc.

Being listed on a site does NOT guarantee that anyone will donate to you. My experience with other Nabuur projects is that the majority raise very little money this way. If you decide to go ahead, I would suggest that you start by requesting only relatively small amounts of money. You also need to find ways to create publicity e.g. via your own website if you have one.

There are a variety of other things on this list - organisations that give grants, donate books, school partnerships etc. I add to it as I find things.

Mary

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I think this is a better idea and i strongly support it.

Mulambe Tonny
Mawoito village.

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