"I am proud of what I have been able to do for my family." - Benta, Kenyan entrepreneur & Zawadisha member
On January 4th 2015, 12 students from Presidio Graduate School's International Sustainability Club (ISC) will be traveling to Kenya with Zawadisha, a non-profit working to alleviate poverty through micro-lending, healthcare, and education.
Zawadisha gives Benta and other women the capital and life-saving tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. They are building a stronger world, one in which women are successful and self-sufficient.
Presidio Graduate School (PGS) aims to transform business and public policy by educating a new generation of leaders pursuing a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world.
We will apply business and policy skills learned in the classroom to strengthen the livelihoods of female entrepreneurs in rural Kenya. Through full cultural immersion, the students will gain understanding of these women's needs, and also increase their awareness to address similar challenges around the world. The work will be on a one-on-one basis with local business owners to assess the economic, environmental and social benefits of eco-loans, and potentially help shift the micro-finance industry to be more sustainable for both lenders and borrowers.
What We Need & What You Get
Following are the detailed expenses of our trip (per student), which will be paid for by this campaign, additional fundraising efforts, and our own contributions:
Zawadisha Support: $200
Airfare + Travel Insurance: $1,933Cost per Student: $3,333 (x 12 students)
Total Cost: $40,000
By reaching our goal, we will have raised 50% of the total costs for the trip. As you can see the costs of the trip are substantial, so any funds we can raise through this campaign above and beyond our goal will help us to further finance our trip.
If we do not reach our goal your contribution will still go to our campaign, reducing our costs for our trip.
Presidio Graduate School is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization so your donation is tax-deductible.
We are really excited about our perks! We know you donate to support our trip and our work, so we are not spending money on meaningless swag that will collect dust under your bed. However, we are offering authentic Kenyan jewelry made by Masai women, and we will spend the time to create some meaningful mementos of our trip so you can share in our journey. Here are some of our campaign offerings: Masai bracelets, business showcase, digital scrapbooks and trip journals, and even a photo safari to South Africa! And no donations will go unnoticed; each contribution will be recognized (can be privately don't worry!) because we are grateful for your support. See the pane to the right for more details on our perks.
Your contribution to our campaign will connect Presidio students (see Team below) with entrepreneurs like Vera to give them the tools they need to build thriving businesses in service of their families and community. 32 year old Vera, has run her own salon for 8yrs now (see her photo in Gallery above), building a reputation for her talent. Beyond growing her business and nurturing her family, Vera's personal goal is to fight for the rights of other women in Kenya for their education and empowerment and for them to “be independent and not under anyone else’s life.”
PGS students have the experience and expertise to bring positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes to those we work with on our service-learning trips. We have installed solar panels at a school in Thailand, built an irrigation system in Nicaragua, designed recycling and organic farming programs in Bali, and analyzed the renewable energy landscape in Chile. Check out this blog post (HERE) to read about our work!
Other Ways You Can Help
Any financial contribution is appreciated; even $5 helps us to reach our goal!
However, if you cannot contribute financially there are many other ways you can help. Please:
- Use the Indiegogo Share icons above to share our campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
- Write about our campaign on your blog, website, or publication. We are happy to provide promotional material, and will in turn share your link on our social media channels.
- Tell your friends about our project!