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Ref: Superman Position

Selfless stweies: from left: Naomi of Bena Care, Thomas and Michelle of Habari Kibra, Angela Muiruri the host, Julie from the Somo Project and Anna and Njenga from Changing Faces Competition.

Ref: Superman Position

Nearly two-thirds of Kenya’s $50 billion economy is controlled by a tiny clique of less than 0.02% super-wealthy individuals. 46% of the country’s people live below the poverty line, surviving on less than $2 a day. This fact truly reaffirms the maxim that enyewe Kenya ina wenyewe!” Depending on what side you happen to be dear reader, selfless acts are either an ingrained habit or a PR stunt. 

Once we realize that we cannot wait for a superman to do what we can do ourselves, we see the power in our hands. How we can create change around us for the better. When success is not measured by the amount of wealth you amass but the number of lives you impact, is when the world becomes a better place for all of us.

It is from such a realization that motivated the following four people, or stewies as we like to call them, to apply for Nairobi Stew, a microgrant dinner that took place at ALX. The aim of the event went beyond the monetary boost. The event set out to help social entrepreneurs gain support from the community and open up their networks.  In addition, the platform offered an opportunity to understand what is happening on the local scene.

The “be your own superman” individuals that are creating a better Nairobi

We started out with a musical interlude to set the tone for the event. After that, Naomi from Bena Care was first on stage. Her project that was conceived while in campus. It offers affordable and reliable nursing services to the sick people at the comfort of their own home. By so doing, they save families hefty hospital bills time spent in traffic to see their loved ones.

The next stewies were Ana and Njenga from Changing Faces Competition. Their initiative mobilizes citizens across Nairobi to present and enact creative concepts to transform the city’s public open spaces into clean, green and safe places in a fun competition.

The third tag team stewies were Thomas and Michelle from Habari Kibra. They equip youth with data journalism skills so that they can report on stories from their communities. Their mission, to amplify the communities’ voice through accurate and representative reporting of development and sustainability issues in informal settlements. This way, they minimize misrepresentation by media houses about the true state on the ground. 

The last stewie was Juliet from the Somo Project. Her initiative invests in social entrepreneurs and provides them with training and tools to help them build enterprises that change their communities. They run a 12-week entrepreneurship training program for entrepreneurs living in low-income communities. After the training program, shortlisted candidates receive mentorship and startup capital to launch their businesses.

As with all competitions, one winner had to be feted. At this 6th Nairobi Stew, Naomi from Bena Care was the one that found favour with the guardians of the pot. However, all the stewies went home with pledges of support from people in the audience, because the best part of Nairobi Stew is not the money – it’s the community who helps the stewies create change.  

We can all be our own superman. Join us for the next Nairobi Stew in February to support Nairobi’s future gamechangers.

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