Updated: Apr 24
On 9th February 2023, the ICEP delegation, consisting of Thomas Plötzeneder, President, Bernhard Weber, General Manager, and Christine Angleitner, Regional Director in East Africa, visited Kianda Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the progress of the Fanikisha program, a business women support program aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs in the region. ICEP helped to start the program 20 years ago, and they were eager to see the impact of their contributions on the ground.
Upon arrival, the representatives had a meet and greet session with the Kianda Foundation staff. Then they went to meet five beneficiaries of the Fanikisha program, all of whom are running their own successful businesses. The beneficiaries shared their stories of how the program had helped them to grow their businesses and improve their financial stability. The ICEP team listened intently, asking questions and providing valuable feedback and advice.
The delegation also conducted an informal evaluation of the businesses,
looking at factors such as profitability, sustainability, and potential for growth. They were impressed with what they saw, noting the positive impact that the Fanikisha program has had on the lives of the beneficiaries and their communities.
The team was hosted by Joyce, one of the beneficiaries, for lunch. Joyce shared her personal story of how the Fanikisha program had changed her life, and the ICEP team was deeply moved by her experience.
The lunch provided a great opportunity for them to get to know the beneficiaries on a more personal level and understand the impact of the Fanikisha program in a deeper and more meaningful way.
In conclusion, the visit by the ICEP to Kianda Foundation was a great success. They were able to see first-hand the positive impact that the Fanikisha program has had on the lives of the beneficiaries and their communities. The ICEP representatives were impressed with the progress that has been made, and they are looking forward to continuing their support of the Kianda Foundation in the future. The visit was a testament to the success of the Fanikisha program and the positive impact that business support can have on women entrepreneurs and their communities.