Wenjing Yang - Changemaker in Slums
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Wenjing Yang - Changemaker in Slums #1
Describe the idea:
Changemaker in Slums () is a for-profit venture aiming to help low-cost private schools to become self-sustainable.
In Kenya, 90% of private schools shut down after 3 years. We currently work with 2 private schools there to co-create a revenue generation plan, provide microloan, training and project management service, so they can survive in the long term. Our pilot proved successful in generating 23% of revenue per $1 dollar invested.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
I am Wenjing, master student of innovation and special dynamics at Lund University, also founder of this Changemaker in Slums.
I have 3-year project experiences in the field of social innovation in East Africa and China. I have co-published papers under the topic of social innovation in both Indonesia (2014) and Macau (2015). I have been involved in NGO in Kenya since 2016, it opened the door of opportunities for me to put ideas into reality.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
I will spend 2 months in Kenya. We are trying to scale-up by partnering with 4 more private schools, and I will be conducting due diligence as well as delivering training on co-creation principal. Currently we are trying to enhance core competitiveness by rolling out an online training platform, to deliver standardised training online. This will be the focus during these three months, or in fact the coming year.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
With the Leapfrogs grant, I am able to go on-the-ground in Kenya for the summer. It helps to build trust as I normally only interact remotely with schools through Skype / whatsaap. With the Leapfrogs events, I am able to build up a network of social entrepreneurs. This resource is important as they sometimes in turn have network in Kenya – which makes our journey a lot easier