March 29, 2018

Our Strategy1

The strategy is to raise funds abroad in nations like Canada, USA, Europe, Asia etc which will then be channeled into an approved and Government endorsed training program for single mothers in Kenya. Neloshan International will provides a well-balanced avenue for individuals and businesses to donate finances and services to projects that alleviate the plight of single mums. It is a trustworthy avenue for donors to show compassion, provide finances, assistance and volunteer their services for the poor and needy single mums. Neloshan is built on the solid ethics of integrity, compassion, stewardship, transparency, accountability and sound governance.

Many of the problems associated with urban poverty are related to a lack of income. The urban poor do not have the income they require to meet their immediate basic needs for food, cooking fuel (firewood, charcoal, gasoline) passenger fare to and from their meagre menial jobs, water, shelter and essential health care services. Lack of income means that their diet is insufficient for good health and that it is difficult to pay for families to invest in the education and training which might enable them to obtain higher wages. Lack of income also means it is difficult to save and secure assets, rendering single mums households particularly vulnerable to crises

Neloshan through its empowerment cycle will mobilize “single mums” (participants) from low-income urban areas. They will be grouped into cohorts of at least 20-25 and each cohort will be encouraged to form a group, not only for organizational purposes; but also, as a social support mechanism for the women. In these groups, the participants will begin a 10-week mentorship/discipleship program, which will serve as the spiritual foundation course. Halfway through the discipleship course the women will be taken through an individual gifts and talents assessment, geared towards helping them identify a viable income-generating venture/business that they can embark on to support their families.

Depending on the outcome of the gifts-and-talents assessments the single mums will then commence their vocational skills training.  It is anticipated that the vocational skills training will take approximately 6-9 months depending on the trade which will include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Food Production/Basic catering
  2. Hair dressing
  3. Beautician/(for Manicure, pedicure facials and skin care concerns)
  4. Tailoring

Training on Agricultural techniques(on organic farming in view of high quality improved products, Market linkage for maximized profits from sales)

In addition to the vocational skills training the participants (single mums) will be expected to undertake a mandatory business management component, where topics such as business planning and money management will be covered.

Upon completion of both the spiritual foundation course, the vocational skills and the business management training, the participants will go through a business incubation period. They will start-up their own small businesses with business start-up grants (approximately 200 US dollars per person) and a 2-month one-on-one business mentorship support from Neloshan. The cohort of participants will then graduate and will be bonded to Neloshan for a short period as they pay-it-forward to the next cohort of participants. The pay-it-forward could include mentoring other participants and leading sessions of the spiritual foundation course for future Neloshan groups, amidst others.

It is worthwhile noting that over 90% of these single mums in urban areas are employed either as domestic workers or casual laborer in homes or retail. In order to supplement the meagre income from the casual jobs they engage in depraved night lives activities and expose themselves to all manner of risks. If the skills training programs were to be successful, Neloshan will be compelled to bridge the gap for the duration of the training and an additional one month after training and pending start-up businesses. This will mean factoring in a small allowance to cater for the minimum basic cost of living to sustain them till they complete the skills training. This will amount to at least a bare minimum of approximately US$300 per month per single-mum-family comprising of: $100 for accommodation, $150 for food for an average family of 3-4, and $50 public transportation fare to the learning institution