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  • 1. Integrating Income Generating Activities that really make money Global Youth Enterprise Conference 2009 By: Machiel Pouw & Marc van de Giessen Directors & Founders Ujima Foundation Kenya Kenya www.ujima.nl
  • 2. Introduction Clip
  • 3. IGP’s a means but not a goal itself • Ujima is a training institute that developed an integral method to train orphaned youngsters who are taking care of their siblings to get a job and keep it. • The method it based on the three H’s (Head, hands and Heart) and bridges the need of target group and employers • Ujima’s IGA’s have a dual purpose
  • 4. This presentation will address • Why venture in to Income generating Programs? • Can a non-profit organization really run successful money making Income generating programs? If so how? • Lessons learned
  • 5. Why venture in to Income generating Programs? • Sustainability & continuity • Generating your own income leads to ownership of budget and expenditure. • Managers are forced to think about return of investment of intervention • Independent from donor policy shifts • Ujima practises what its preaches and acts as a role model to our trainees • The best support is self support!
  • 6. Can a charitable organization really run successful money making Income generating programs? Before you start ask yourself: 1. Is there a market for your product? 2. Do you have passion for your product? 3. Are you the best suited to deliver? If you cannot answer Yes wholeheartedly you should rethink venturing into IGP’s. Source: collins – from good to great
  • 7. How to go about an IGA Do: Don’t • Make a business plan • Be impatient, it will take which is clear on time for the business to implementation and use mature. it. • Start without a certain • Recruit specialists for amount of advance positions running costs. • Allow time to mature the • Be too shy to ask for IGP before going for help donor independence • Ignore the advice of the • Create a clear link professionals you have between non-profit side recruited. The dynamics and commercial side of of an IGA are different the organisation. from running donor • But run it as a separate funded projects. unit with own accounts • Economize on necessary and management investments structure
  • 8. Lessons learned • Enhanced ownership of available funding • Create a financial buffer to cushion for contingencies such as political unrest, inflation, global recession • Make sure you focus your marketing of your product on different markets • Easier to raise funds in case of additional projects • Due to donor independence lobbying becomes easier • A successful IGA adds value to the non-profit side of the organization. • Clearly separate the cash flow between the Charitable side and IGA side to prevent hidden financing of the IGA by the charitable side.
  • 9. Thank you! For more information about Ujima: www.ujima.nl A guide on how to write a business plan and this presentation are available online
  • 10. Questions & discussion Any questions or remarks? www.ujima.nl

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