Stage 5: Scaling
As of September 2019, KFF reached 957 disabled youth-owned start-ups benefiting from business incubation and other business development services provided and 7800 direct jobs created by these startups across DR Congo.
Entrepreneurship, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Literacy
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Funds Raised to Date
Both in developed and developing countries, PWDs are more likely to be unemployed compared to their counterparts without disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires that State parties recognize the right of PWDs to work on an equal basis with others, including their right to gain a living by work freely chosen or accepted in a labor market. However, many developing countries haven’t yet taken practical actions to make these rights a reality.
Kadiwaku Family Foundation is a nonprofit that aims at empowering PWDs and other marginalized groups to achieve economic self-sufficiency in Africa through business mentorship and financial support. KFF implements an inclusive entrepreneurship program that supports self-employment among disadvantaged youth, especially individuals with disabilities, by providing micro-entrepreneurship development services.
KFF supports young people with disabilities, especially girls and women with disabilities who are amongst the most marginalized and poorest of all. They are twice victimized, as women and disabled, and face additional challenges such as harassment and communication barriers, which further impedes their chances to become business owners.
Mission and Vision
The Kadiwaku Family Foundation (KFF) is dedicated to eradicating poverty for persons with disabilities and advocating for their rights by providing training and creating accessible business opportunities. KFF aims to create an environment free of negative attitudes about the abilities of disabled people, where all people with and without disabilities have the same opportunity.
KFF's inclusive entrepreneurship program aims at improving the entrepreneurial and management skills of young people with disabilities. The program focus on how young people can create job opportunities for themselves and others through entrepreneurship. The main goals are to increase the participant‘s understanding of creative processes and ultimately enhance their complex problem-solving skills. The programs provide youth with the necessary skills to initiate businesses, make healthy and productive life choices and reinforce professional skills in the workplace. It also helps them sustain and grow their businesses.
Additionally, KFF offers the following:
1) Free co-working spaces with internet access and set up to accommodate PWDs who need a quiet and secure place to develop their startup ideas and bring it them market;
2) Networking and skill-building events to (i) help disabled entrepreneurs connect with each other, (ii) provide first-hand business empowerment information and technical insights from business experts, and (iii) to develop an ecosystem of engaged stakeholders.
3) Technical support to (i) help disabled entrepreneurs obtain required documents for loans and connect them with Microfinance Institutions, (ii) to advise them on existing support from a network of experts that can help them bring their businesses to the next level.
Solutions to the marginalization of PWDs are being developed. However, PWDs continue to face challenges in accessing and benefiting from them. KFF focuses on the intervention not only by providing business development services, but also helping disabled people overcome the barriers that prevent them from accessing these services.
KFF adopts a locally-based approach that involves bringing together Disabled People’s Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-Based Organizations and local government officials to foster local public-private–NGO partnerships to provide an integrated support model at the local level tailored to young people, thereby addressing the multiple barriers young people with disabilities face to starting and expanding their businesses. This positions KFF, not as a competitor to other NGOs or initiatives but rather establishes a lasting partnership to sustain and extend the program.
Planned Goals and Milestones
KFF is planning to expand its operations to other African countries (the Great lakes sub-region) where people with disabilities are facing similar challenges as in DR Congo. Our vision is to reach one million young people with disabilities and enable them to participate in the job market either as an entrepreneur or employee in order to maintain a sustainable level of income and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||39,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda|
|Recruit||16 Management, 7 Board members, 15 Volunteers and 7 Consultants|
|New Feature||Expand opportunities for people with disabilities in Africa through business training and grants|