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What is ROSE all about?

Through women-led sustainable businesses and children’s education, we break the cycle of poverty and give hope to entire communities.

ROSE is a community of hundreds of women micro-entrepreneurs in Kenya. Women face an unequal burden of poverty, often abandoned, abused and providing for 3+ children and loved ones in shanty tin sheet homes. ROSE is a sisterhood, a community of hope for women and children uplifted through FAITH, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, and EDUCATION.

“Uplifting communities by empowering women and children.”

Co-Founders, ROse women’s foundation

 
 
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Stronger Together: How Female Entrepreneurs Thrive in Kenyan Slums

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Mission

Empower women and children through faith, entrepreneurship, and education.

Faith means absolute trust, confident hope, freedom. We are based in Christian values, but we welcome ALL people. Our faith propels us to love our neighbors as ourselves, serve the poor and sick, and live honorable lives. ROSE provides prayer, life coaching, and disaster relief to the most destitute.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are a means to survival for the ROSE women. We believe in breaking stereotypes and thriving ahead of the curve. We use and explore new technologies like Artificial Intelligence. ROSE gives innovation consulting and investment to women-led micro-businesses.

Education is the key to opening access to opportunity and uplifting people out of poverty. Through partnerships with proven education models we educate women on business skills, savings, and planning for the future. We partner with mothers to match school fees for their children’s primary school education.

Vision

Hope to all Humanity.

Empowering a woman empowers a community. Women leaders are arising from around the world, we contribute as women leaders of the Global South. ROSE is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #1 No Poverty, #5 Gender Equality, and #8 Decent Work & Economic Growth.

Impact

  • Coaching women in vulnerable communities on business skills & technology.

  • Empower mothers to pay school fees through school fee matching and group savings plans.

  • Pioneer community innovations in technology, sustainable business and Christianity.

“ROSE made us beautiful, now we are ONE community.”

- Lilian, ROSE Member

ROSE Women’s Entrepreneurship, Children’s Education Sponsorship, and Innovation programs lift thousands of lives out of poverty through hope, spiritual growth, and economic empowerment.

ROSE is a sisterhood committed to learning and growing together for the befit of all women. In our governance structure, the ROSE Counsel is elected by ROSE Women to guide our vision, goals, and projects. We are unique because we are ONE community, we are all partners striving together for one goal.

  • 200+ women entrepreneurs equipped with tools to compete in the market and boost income.

  • 12 Women-led small businesses grew savings from $0-$800 in two years.

  • $30-$500 investments made bi-annually into top performing, profitable micro-businesses.

  • Women in Kenyan slums use Artificial Intelligence to track business data & profitability.

  • 400 children receive matched school fees for primary school education.

ROSE community gives confidence to become leaders and problem solvers in a sustainable way. ROSE business groups form a thriving small business ecosystem of mentorship, education, and access local resources. Women empower each other to compete in the market, leverage peer networks, and boost income stability.

News & Updates

Read about some of the work at ROSE below.

 
 
 
 

ROSE made us beautiful, now we are ONE community.”

Lilian  |  UWEZO BUSINESS GROUP

 
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Upcoming

2019 Goals: Sustainability

Organization: ROSE leadership and the ROSE Counsel collaborate on problems solving strategies in weekly meetings. This year we are focused on increasing fundraised support and opening income generating activities to create a sustainable foundation. We are focused on investing in the committed women-led small businesses and children’s education.

Women Entrepreneurs Growth: Through piloting new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, we are creating a weekly tracking system to prove progress of women’s business groups. Our goal is to uplift hundreds of women through educating them on small business principles and providing opportunity to receive small investments based on successful implementation of learned skills. We want to build our own technology to scale the impact of micro-investing in women’s businesses and bring more opportunities for international supporters to directly support on a personal basis.

Children’s Technology Education: In Daystar Primary School, we introduced Technology and Innovation classes for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders because technology skills will open greater opportunities in job markets and education scholarship programs. We want to increase children’s sponsorship to allow school fee matching to the entire ROSE women’s community beyond just primary school education. We hope to match school fees and grow lasting relationships with these children from Primary School to University education.

Call to Action:

  1. Host a fundraiser in your town to help us achieve our 2019 goals.

  2. Support ROSE monthly to contribute to women’s training, micro-investments, and children’s sponsorship.

  3. Advise us directly and connect with our team to support our micro-investments committee.

Opportunities to Invest in a Sustainable Project:


Let us know what projects interests you! We would love to co-host a fundraiser!

“Invest in sustainable community, invest in the future with more than cash returns”

PHASE 1

  • Sponsor a Child for ($10/Month) and receive personalized thank you notes and updates! We need to increase sponsorships to provide further matching support beyond primary school education up to University and professional skills trainings.

  • Community Cooker Project — Trash Burning Stove and Clean Water Source (Invest $20-30K)
    Provide 30+ jobs in the local community, a work station for ROSE women’s food businesses, and safe/sustainable cooking infrastructure for Daystar Primary School. Learn more about this highly innovation technology partner here. This would be phase 1 of the Tech & Innovation Education Center.

    • Community Cooker Management: (Projected Income: $1,500/Month) We will employ trained ROSE women to operate the Community Cooker as a subscription business model, renting out space on the cooker to local ROSE businesses.

    • ROSE Water: (Projected Income: >$250/month) The only waste product of the Community Cooker is clean water! We want to monetize this opportunity to provide clean drinking water the surrounding community and customers of businesses operating at the Community Cooker.

PHASE 2 

  • Technology & Innovation Education Center: ($50,000+)

    Renovate DayStar Primary School into a Technology & Innovation Education Center for women and children. Phase 2 of our community development plan. Currently providing education for 400+ kids K-8 as one of the neediest schools in Nairobi. Overcrowding, flooding, lack of books, poor air quality, and lack of food storage are major problems. We must improve these conditions to provide a safe environment for education. There is a big opportunity to uplift hundreds of impoverished children with a cutting edge education that will increase competitiveness in the job market after school and scholarships for university. Also, this would serve as the heart of ROSE programs, with a safe community space and active entrepreneurial environment.

    • Technology Training Classes for Community: (Projected Income: $500/Month) Trained technology professionals and university volunteers provide classes to community youth and local schools for $5/hour in graphic design, Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and typing.

PHASE 3

  • ROSE Technology Development: (Projected Income: TBD) We want to connect potential micro-investors to investment ready micro-businesses using media and mobile technology to design an international platform for micro-investing. ROSE is determined to develop and implement a technology solution that scales the community impact beyond Mathare Valley and Kenya. Through our current testing of Artificial Intelligence, Geospatial Mapping, and Blockchain technology to track business growth, effectiveness of training programs, and viability of investments — we will determine the most useful new technology tools for micro-businesses to thrive.

    • Mobile Technology Pilots, ROSE Women ask for more mobile technology to run our programs effectively. We need to invest in providing better accessibility to data and smart phone devices for ROSE women to implement new technologies effectively. With the Technology & Innovation Center, this will set the stage for successful trainings and implementation.

 
 
 

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