The World Development Programme of the Waterloo Foundation (UK ) (http://www.waterloofoundation.org.uk) has generously donated support to the Sirolli Institute® for the continuation and expansion of the Kamina Friends Enterprise Facilitation® Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The project will develop the platform for an expanded network of Enterprise Facilitation (EF) projects to develop entrepreneurial activity among poor communities in the South of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to help bring prosperity and independence to these areas.
The proposed expansion will build upon the successful EF project which began in Kamina (in Southern DRC) in December 2008. This project was set up by the US charity, Kamina Friends Inc (KF), (http://kaminafriends.org) and uses the methodology of the Sirolli Institute®, which has been successful in developing Enterprise in over 300 communities worldwide over the past 24 years.
The programme has the strong support of authorities in the region, led by Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda (a Senator for region), and will provide training, leadership, equipment and resources to help expand Enterprise Facilitation® to the towns of Kalemie and Bukama, also in Southern DRC.
The programme will run over the next two years, and based upon the success of the current Kamina project, a return of 150 new enterprises, with around 1,000 new job opportunities is expected in the three towns. Based on prior USAID estimates that there are 5 indirect beneficiaries per job created (e.g. family/dependents lifted above the poverty line and be able to focus more on education), the project could indirectly benefit 5,000 people.
The project in Kamina has seen other indirect benefits also, as Enterprise Facilitation® has helped to build the spirit of business and community cooperation within and between all ethnic and religious groups in what was a war torn region area. Bishop Ntambo said, ‘Enterprise Facilitation® project in Kamina is re-introducing trust and cooperation and hope in this area, through the power of enterprise and self-sufficiency.’
For further information on this project or any Sirolli Institute activities, please contact the Sirolli Institute at www.sirolli.com.