Five Kenyan ladies and one gentleman out of 116 people globally have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program.
Felista found that many Kenyans she interacted with, claimed that it was impossible to save money. When she came across a 52-week money challenge online, she decided to gather together people who struggled to save in a Facebook Group and have them follow this weekly saving plan. The group became a place to share weekly reminders, discuss challenges and solutions, and celebrate milestones — and eventually, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management.
Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals was created to encourage Kenyan families to eat home-prepared meals, in an effort to avoid health complications from eating processed foods. Members are to engage in urban and container farming, consume more sustainable diets and to keep their own poultry.
WomenWork is a community of women supporting one another around the particular challenges that face women in the workplace in Kenya where structural biases tend to lead to women slowing down, opting out or starting micro businesses.
After having two miscarriages, Caroline searched for bereavement support groups, but couldn’t find any. She posted about it on Facebook to overwhelming support and decided to create a community called Still A Mum to support parents who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. Still A Mum’s vision is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support.
I am one of the 6 Kenyans selected for the Facebook Community Leadership Program!!!
All because of my work with @StillAMumAfrica. I will traveling to Facebook headquarters in California in 2 weeks! ✈️✈️
— Wanjiru Kihusa (@wanjirukihusa) September 24, 2018
Truphosah founded Women and Realities of Disability (WARD) to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women. In addition to this, she uses her platform to support and encourage women all over the country who have disabilities.
In the prestigious “community leaders in residence” category, Noah Nasiali is the only African who made it.
Noah’s community – Africa Farmers Club- helps farmers come together to access credible, reliable and applicable farming information. As a Leader in Residence, Nasiali will receive $1 million to fund their initiative.
Others from Africa who made it include: Anike Lawal, Mamalette (Nigeria), Mamadou Sy, Docteur Nakamou (Senegal), Gabriel Hoosain Khan, LGBTI community, Human Rights (South Africa), Lusanda Magwape, Dream Factory Foundation (South Africa), Nadine Maselle. Salt River High Tutoring (South Africa), Savio Lule Mark, The Youth Hub Uganda (Uganda).
“Many community leaders worldwide and in Africa turn to Facebook to create connections through Facebook groups, WhatsApp or Messenger,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook Africa. “This programme is all about empowering them with the tools, support, and funding they need to advance their causes and build their communities.”
“Our group of African fellows and our resident represent diverse perspectives from different parts of the continent, but they share a common goal of helping their communities thrive. We know they will do great things over the next year and we’re excited to get them started,” says Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships at Facebook.
The company is giving up to $1 million to each leader in residence to fund their community projects, and up to $50,000 to every fellow and youth participant.
The social network announced the leadership program in February and said it would offer training, support and award $10 million to community leaders. Facebook said it received more than 6,000 applications across the world.