We have launched our pilot program in Kenya, where a team of six recently assembled to begin training and working. It was an exciting first step toward accomplishing our goal of creating jobs for 2,000 people with disabilities in the next 5 years.
This start has had it’s challenges and rewards. Our first internet connection wasn’t as reliable as I had hoped, a big issue when you expect to provide online work, but a new connection seems to have solved that. The team has finished the first round of work tests and I’ve been very pleased and encouraged by their results. I was told repeatedly that accuracy was going to be an issue and they have met and exceeded my expectations. The first assignment had only one error.
One interesting aspect of what we are trying is that we provide housing for the team. They have apartments with kitchenettes, but they’ve decided to prepare meals together to share responsibility and resources. I’m proud of the way they have bonded as a team and have supported each other.
We will complete another week or two of training, much of which will be unfamiliar work for them. I’m beginning to understand what our work capacity will be, as a team of six, but the next round of training will really help to refine and improve our capabilities.
I travel to Kenya at the end of the month. I’m excited to meet the whole team and spend some time working together. I’ve met Daniel, the team leader who is doing a great job, but it will be really good to get to know everyone else. They will set the tone and pace for the next round of hires and it’s my job to make sure they are properly equipped and motivated to lead that growth.
From here, it is a matter of finding and creating work for the team.
We will find work. I will begin trying to find companies and organizations that will appreciate the significance of the opportunity we are providing, the work we are doing, and the value we are offering.
We will create jobs. We are also developing software that we will use internally and that we will market as SaaS products. Software as a Service products will be slower growth, but we have the chance to create stable design, developer, marketing, and customer service jobs.
Please stay tuned for updates, pray for continued team unity, and share what we’re doing. Thanks for reading.