Smart Solutions-Dancan: Jiwa Paro
Over the past 6 weeks I have taken part in a Professional Development Program, Mandela Washington Fellowship by the United States Government @Notre Dame University, and I have gotten to meet 24 fabulous young people from 20 Countries in Africa whom I am proud to have meet, because they all are doing something for Africa and offering smart solutions to problems and opportunities in their countries, before I arrived for the program I got a chance to view their profiles and I was intimidated! These guys looked so brilliant I didn’t think I could share a room with them, until I met them, one by one…Gosh they were the funniest most amazing young Africans I have ever met.
I’d like to share My personal experience with each of them and of course their amazing Initiative in solutions for Africa; Smart Solutions for Africa!
Allow me to share a story for each of them along with their smart solution.
Dancan Ogendo is a finance consultant from Kenya who specializes in financial literacy, rural development, and vocational training.Dancan Founded Jiwa Paro, They provide financial literacy to women and provide soft loans to without need of financing history, savings or bank account. Their main focus is youth and women.
If you know the stereotypes that surrounds Tanzanians and Kenyans (it even has a hashtag on twitter), The stereotype is Tanzanians think Kenyans are Snobby and think they're country is better than everyone else while Kenyans think Tanzanians have bad English... thats the stereotype. Well, the first week,
That stereotype went through my mind as I watched this man ask questions. And then it happened ... I had to ask him to translate some English instructions to me from some lady on the phone and he later on went an for an hour (aprox) explaining how there was Snow in Nairobi during a conversation...Snob snob snob I thought......lol...whats funny is we both lived up to our stereotypes just for a little while he was a snob with his snow..which I still tease him for,I didn't know english for a while ...haha. Nothing I enjoyed more than always teasing him. One person I feel I am fortunate to have met.