Spring has sprung for much of the KivaFriends world, and fall is unfolding for the rest. As you've all been led to believe, we hope to make the world just a little smaller once again, by conducting a fundraiser for a project at Mirembe Community College. The College's founder and director, Florence Kaluuba, has a plan for an addition to the school's services which we at KivaFriends may be able to help with. We are calling this the Salon Start-up Fund.
If you're not familiar with Mirembe CC and the work Florence and her staff do there, or the history of KF support of the school, this thread
should give you some background. One of the school's courses for young women is a hairdressing course. Their training is hands-on, but it is conducted in a small space, with limited equipment. After successful completion of the course, the graduates have little practical experience to point to when looking for permanent work in the field. This is where the 2011 KF fundraiser comes in.WHAT IS THE SALON START-UP FUND?
Florence has put together a budget for outfitting two spaces as salons where graduates of the hairdressing course could provide these services to the public. The salons and equipment will be owned by the school, but managed by the graduates along with school instructors, who will help the graduates develop more business acumen. They will charge a market rate for their services (some of the income would go back to Mirembe), and after six months will have practical experience to point to when moving on to existing salons for more permanent work (and opening spaces at the Mirembe salon where new graduates of the hairdressing course would begin their practical training). Mirembe staff will work during this practical internship to help the graduates find paying positions for when their term is up.
Attached below are the details of the equipment Florence would need to make the Salon Start-up a reality. Converting the Ugandan Shillings into US Dollars, her projection is that she needs roughly $3400 to outfit two salon spaces, which would provide employment for 10 hairdressing course graduates. She can also proceed once she has $1700 to outfit one salon space.
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(The complete proposal document is attached at the bottom of this post, if you would like to download it.)FUTURE POSSIBILITIES FOR MIREMBE CC
Florence hopes in 2012 to be able to provide micro-loans for graduates moving on from the Mirembe salon to another salon, so they can purchase the necessary tools for their work. She also tells me she has been working on a model for broader funding and more self-sustaining activity for the school starting in 2012; I am sure she will share that with us when it is available. In the meantime, KivaFriends have been trying to help in a number of ways, from setting up a website for the school, to exploring contribution sites like BetterPlace and ChipIn, to providing connections for possible sale of Mirembe-made goods online, to setting up a PayPal account which could be used any time someone might want to make a contribution to the school in the future. CONTRIBUTING TO THE SALON START-UP FUND
We're starting the Salon Start-up Fund fundraiser at KF today. We will run the fundraiser until May 22nd, a week after the May Kiva credit return date, to give you time to ask questions and contribute if you decide to do so. If you are interested in contributing, there are several ways to do so. Please don't be put off by the many options; if it's confusing, just let me know and I'll clarify right away.Are you a US tax-payer who would like a tax deduction for a Paypal or credit card contribution?
Click the DONATE link under "Donating to Florence's School through PayPal or Credit Card" at the bottom of the Donations page on the Poverty2Prosperity (P2P) website
. (Thanks to Scott
for making the tax-deductible donation option a reality this year!)Would you like to contribute by check from a US bank, or by using PayPal from anywhere in the world?Send a PM to Diane R
and she'll tell you how. (Note that this fundraiser is running through two Kiva credit return dates. If you are withdrawing Kiva credit into your PayPal account and would like to transfer from there as your contribution, that fits in this category.)Are you in Europe or elsewhere in the world and want to contribute by cheque or bank transfer in Europe?Send a PM to Ulrike
and she'll tell you how.Would you like to offer a Kiva Card (formerly known as Kiva Gift Certificates or GCs) as a contribution?Send a PM to Ulrike
and she'll tell you how to send her a Kiva Card code.
If you are unfamiliar with purchasing a Kiva Card and would like instructions, send a PM to Diane R
and she'll tell you how.
KivaFriends has helped Mirembe Community College and the young women who are given practical training and critical personal support there three times before. Each time, our help has meant a major step forward for the school. We are hopeful that in the next month we can help provide the funding for a meaningful addition to the services Mirembe CC can offer its students. Thanks for considering a contribution.