Presidio Graduate School's ISC Goes to Kenya

PGS is working with female entrepreneurs in Kenya to make self-sufficiency a reality.
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Short Summary

"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

Campaign Goal: $20,000

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:

Transportation: $500 

Lodging: $400

Food: $300

Zawadisha Support: $200

Airfare + Travel Insurance: $1,933

Cost 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.

Perks

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.

The Impact

    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!
    We want to express our appreciation to a couple of our hard-working classmates who donated their services to bring our campaign to life:
    UPDATE 9-3-2014: Triple Pundit releases an article on the role of nonprofits in microfinance, which mentions our campaign!
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    $20,343USD
    raised by 165 people in 30 days
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    $20,000 USD goal
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    This campaign ended on September 30, 2014
    Select a Perk
    • $25USD
      Thank You eCard

      This is a personal electronic thank you card from a student on our team, with a photo we took in Kenya and a story of our journey!

      14 claimed
      Estimated delivery: January 2015
    • SOLD OUT

      $25USD
      Pocket Wallet

      Filled with brush strokes these upcycled Pocket Wallets came from Street banners displaying the paintings of a contemporary artist . These durable, functional, and gorgeous wallets are make by a local California company, Upcycle it Now. See Photo gallery for image.

      5 out of 5 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2014
    • $30USD
      Women's Wallet

      Ruby Red with diamonds these upcycled Women's Wallets came from Street banners displaying the Tsar's crown jewels. These durable, functional, and gorgeous wallets are make by a local California company, Upcycle it Now. See photo gallery for image.

      1 out of 5 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2014
    • $30USD
      Portfolio Case -REDUCED PRICE!

      Great for holding your computer and other files and papers, this upcycled item is made out of old street banners that would have otherwise gone to the land fill. Made locally in California by Upcycle it Now. See photo gallery for image.

      2 out of 5 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2014
    • $35USD
      Lunch Bag

      LOWER PRICE! Filled with brush strokes these upcycled Lunch Bags (or makeup cases as some people use them) came from Street banners displaying the paintings of a contemporary artist . These durable, functional, and gorgeous bags are make by a local California company, Upcycle it Now. See Photo gallery for image.

      0 out of 5 claimed
      Estimated delivery: November 2014
    • $40USD
      Shopping Tote -- 40% OFF!

      Update Sept. 25 - Reduced Price from $70 to $40! Filled with brush strokes or Red with diamonds these upcycled Shopping Totes came from Street banners that would have headed to the landfill otherwise. These durable, functional, and gorgeous Totes are make by a local California company, Upcycle it Now. See Photo gallery for image.

      2 out of 5 claimed
      Estimated delivery: October 2014
    • $40USD
      ISC Alum Perk

      Are you an alum of Presidio Graduate School's International Sustainability Club (ISC)? If so, then this exclusive perk is for you! In thanks for your past service and donation to our trip, you will receive a handmade bracelet crafted by Masai women and a thank you postcard from Kenya signed by the whole ISC team!

      1 out of 10 claimed
      Estimated delivery: February 2015
    • $45USD
      Kenyan Bracelet

      ***Our bestseller at our lowest price ever!!!*** Olosho Lemaa Bracelet - Made by a Masai women’s cooperative making authentic Masai jewelry. The Masai, and women in particular, are a severely disadvantaged group in Kenya. Consequently, it is extremely difficult for these women to get their goods to market. Zawadisha is working with these artisans to evaluate their market and explore micro loans.

      5 out of 20 claimed
      Estimated delivery: February 2015
    • $55USD
      Kenyan Necklace -- 40% OFF!

      ***Price Reduced from $100 to $55!*** (See photo of this hoop style necklace in Gallery) Olosho Lemaa Jewelry - Made by a Masai women’s cooperative making authentic Masai jewelry. The Masai, and women in particular, are a severely disadvantaged group in Kenya. Consequently, it is extremely difficult for these women to get their goods to market. Zawadisha is working with these artisans to evaluate their market and explore micro loans.

      2 out of 15 claimed
      Estimated delivery: February 2015
    • $70USD
      Kenyan Necklace and Bracelet

      REDUCED PRICE! -- New package deal!!! For your contribution you will receive a Kenyan necklace (hoop style) and bracelet. Olosho Lemaa Jewelry - Made by a Masai women’s cooperative making authentic Masai jewelry. The Masai, and women in particular, are a severely disadvantaged group in Kenya. Consequently, it is extremely difficult for these women to get their goods to market. Zawadisha is working with these artisans to evaluate their market and explore micro loans.

      1 out of 15 claimed
      Estimated delivery: February 2015
    • SOLD OUT

      $75USD
      Kenyan Ceremonial Necklace

      *NEW!* *See photo in Gallery!* Olosho Lemaa Jewelry - Made by a Masai women’s cooperative making authentic Masai jewelry. The Masai, and women in particular, are a severely disadvantaged group in Kenya. Consequently, it is extremely difficult for these women to get their goods to market. Zawadisha is working with these artisans to evaluate their market and explore micro loans.

      3 out of 3 claimed
      Estimated delivery: February 2015
    • $100USD
      Sponsor a Student for a Day!

      This donation will cover all costs for a Presidio student for a day of our trip ($1400 / 14 days = $100). We will name the day in your honor and celebrate your sponsorship in an online update from our trip!

      18 claimed
      Estimated delivery: January 2015
    • $200USD
      3 Perk Package!

      Kenyan necklace (hoop style), bracelet, and sponsor a student for a day! This donation will cover all costs for a Presidio student for a day of our trip ($1400 / 14 days = $100). We will name the day in your honor and celebrate your sponsorship on our trip blog. Olosho Lemaa Jewelry - Made by a Masai women’s cooperative making authentic Masai jewelry.

      2 out of 5 claimed
      Estimated delivery: February 2015
    • $500USD
      Chauffeur a Student!

      This sponsorship will cover a student's ground transportation costs for the entire trip! We will send you a digital trip journal and the student you sponsored will send you a personal thank you eCard!

      2 claimed
      Estimated delivery: January 2015
    • $5,500USD
      Photo Safari to South Africa

      An $8,900 value - a SAVINGS of $3,400! 9 Day/8 Night Wildlife Extravaganza Safari for 2 people Itinerary: Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Wildlife Centres, Tribal Villages and More! Safari: 3 meals per day, accommodations at Mafigeni Safari Lodge, bottled water sodas in the safari vehicle, English speaking guide, airport transfers from Phalaborwa or Hoedspruit Airports, daily laundry services Excludes: All airfare, Alcohol, Items of a Personal Nature, Gratuities.

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