In area with such delicate social fabric, a library is the most positive meeting point kahawa west community can have as tool for improving citizens' quality of life as library provide spaces for learning, socialization, and is important initiative towards narrowing the chasm between social inclusion and exclusion. Kahawa west community is a home of about 39,994 people. As fully described in Community; there are groups and individuals with widely separate and diverse interests, backgrounds, cultural heritages, social values, and needs. However their commonality lies in one need – they all live with limited access to basic socioeconomic support and socio-development opportunities despite the recent road development progress. The combined effect of poverty, geographic and general lack of development also prevents residents, particularly young men and women; and very low caste groups, from accessing basic and quality education. The provision of quality education to the poor majority is further impeded by a paucity of educational resources, and a lack of continuous education.
The Kahawa West Community Library & Resource Centre- a catalyst in planning for community development and continuous education of the residents. It will operate as a hub and serve as communities one stop resource, information and continual learning centre with a variety of services to fight poverty and illiteracy With the ultimate goal to promote, encourage reading and build individuals' capacity to engage in lifelong learning, which help to lead better lives and build better community as literate and economically regenerated.
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The 1 Village 100 Computers project is a replica of awards winning project – 1 Slum 100 Computers- implemented in Kenya's slums, is a self sustainable project providing free computer training and entrepreneurship mentoring to youths of various communities in Muhanga District, southern province of Rwanda, to help them create a computer based business. At completion of the training and mentorship, the project provides them with computers and other technological devices loans to help them set up designed computer-based business such as cybercafé, respectively to their business plan designed during the training/mentorship.
The project is expected to serve 30 youth- 3 youth groups with 10 members each per session that last for 6 months. Computer Trainings and entrepreneurship mentorship will be provided for free and loan (equipments) will be provided without security however there will be a minimum subscription fee of 7000 Rwandese Francs (about 10 $) per person, which is affordable and paid in instalments within 6 months. Also, the loan repayment interest of 12-15% if is repaid within 12 and 24 months respectively. For the promotion of the program, it is intended that there will be a use of community outreach campaigns, social media and it will depend on the community based groups , networks' and also using word of mouth and beneficiaries in target locations.
The project does not have any direct competitors but the current government's strategy for Youth Empowerment program concerning jobs for youth. The "1 Village 100 computers" program differ from the main competitor in that it is available to anyone and there is an open and credible short time application process and also it is available to the doorstep of the targeted youths while with the competitor, there is a chain of hierarchy to follow.
The proposal plan is to provide free computer training and entrepreneurship mentoring to disadvantaged associated youths in Muhanga District's Communities. At completion of the training and mentorship, we will loan them computers and other technological devices to help them set up a computer based business such as cybercafé, respectively to their business plan designed during the training/mentorship. The most viable result as expected is that by the end of five years, 300 youths from socially unstable families dwelling in communities and villages will own and running profitable computer based businesses to be able to meet their daily needs. Some of the management strategies would include; entrepreneurship mentorship programme for youth, provision of the services by qualified mentors, and provision of equal opportunity to train in a trade of their choice.
Financial plans, on the financial sustainability, the project will generate income from registration and service fees. This will help run and account for the project if the proposed cost of 26,770.8 USD is availed to kick off the project.