You heard it right 👀, we are excited to announce that we are officially on Instagram!
Follow us @mkono_official for updates on our community. By doing so, you'll be able to have a peek behind the scenes of our organization, follow the journey of the entrepreneurs we support and gain insight on our impact. 🤝🌍
After obtaining her degree in journalism, Ann pursued a career in marketing. But in 2014, she decided to quit her 9 to 5 job to kickstart her own business. With only a laptop in hand, she launched The Writing Agency, a content creation company.
2020 was a big year for us. Through our loans and mentorship sessions, we were able to help entrepreneurs improve cash flow and pricing, achieve vertical integrations, and business pivots.
We're now a few months into 2021, and we've already been hearing some positive feedback from the entrepreneurs. Here's a quick overview of some early emerging themes!
At Mkono, we're grateful to have dedicated volunteers who lend their time and skills to help us grow. Operations, marketing, tech, impact measurement— our volunteers work in various fields, all of which are essential to keeping Mkono running.
Now, you may be wondering : who are they? This National Volunteer month, we want to celebrate our dedicated, passionate and diverse volunteer base.
Our volunteers come from various backgrounds; some are professionals, others are students. But they all share a common goal— to make an impact. Let's meet them!
In February, we had the opportunity to speak with one of our Mkono Allies: Nam Nguyen. He shared with us his journey as an ally and his learnings from the experience.
Two days ago, it was the UN International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We wanted to share an article written by our Co-Founder, Anne-Sophie, which originally published in French in La Presse on December 5, 2020 about a Kenyan women now living and working in Montreal.
As part of International Women’s Day, we are taking a moment to celebrate the women entrepreneurs around the globe.
From contributing to their local economies to providing a stream of income to their own families, there is no doubt that the world needs more women entrepreneurs. But in Kenya, the growth of female-owned businesses is still slow. In this article, we dive into the reasons for this outcome and explore how we, as a community, can help move things forward.
Are you looking to treat yourself with something special? Have you been browsing the web looking for ways to support young entrepreneurs? If you nodded "yes" to any of these questions, then this is for you!
We've rounded up a list of businesses to shop from. By purchasing from one of these businesses, you are supporting and helping a hard working entrepreneur drive a positive impact in their community. And who knows, you might discover your go-to shopping destination!
2020 was a year of new beginnings at Mkono. From building our first pilots, expanding our loans and mentorship offerings to entrepreneurs, to tackling challenges from COVID-19, we set out to pursue our mission of empowering young entrepreneurs in developing countries.
We reflect on our first year as we continuously look to improve our services to better help entrepreneurs and continue to maximize their impact in 2021.
“I had to fight for my own food at the age of 17 - it was a difficult experience”
Orphaned at the age of 17, Nixon took it upon himself to take care of his two younger siblings. Forced to find a way to support his family, he had to fight for his own meals and took a job as a dishwasher in a small restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya. Thanks to the business acumen he inherited from his mother, he rose to the rank of manager at this same restaurant, after 6 short months of working there. At this point in time, he realized he had a passion for food. He went to university and graduated with a degree in Food Science and Technology, while running the student cafeteria.