An experienced team have introduced an international project to support entrepreneurship and the community development objectives of the Commonwealth.
The UK’s leading enterprise agency, Nwes, in partnership with Commonwealth Pageantmaster and founder of Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth, Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, have launched the Commonwealth Entrepreneur Development Project (CED) with a visit to the Kenyan High Commission in London.
The CED project focuses on finding, educating and supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in each of the 52 Commonwealth countries. It is especially important in countries with disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, because it encourages skill development and it empowers communities to meet their daily challenges by taking practical action, which results in an improved quality of life.
The project has two mutually reinforcing constituents: The first being to build and encourage entrepreneurship, equipping new entrepreneurs with skills to build long lasting businesses and the second to ensure that all start-up businesses produce a positive and long-term beneficial effect on the local community.
Launching the project with a visit to the Kenyan High Commission, Nwes CEO, Kevin Horne, donated Commonwealth flags to eight schools in the Kisii County of Kenya, which is acting as a pilot country for the project. Received by Minister Counsellor II, Grace W. Cerere, the flags mark the start of an exciting journey for one aspiring entrepreneur from South West Kenya.
Supported by Nwes, Violet Adhiambo has started her Kenyan business, which is introducing a female sexual health program to eight schools in the Kisii County. Many Kenyan girls are uneducated on the facts of menstruation, puberty and reproductive health and this, together with cultural myths, can lead to embarrassment and low self-esteem.