A crash course in changing the world.
So Week 6 is here! This has been a really tough couple of weeks for me time-wise and if I could buy time (literally) I would!
Looking at the ideas given for the ACT for this week I immediately recall my blog post Little by Little we Fill the Pot I am happy to report that I have been successful in my goal so far and have sent a total of US$60 to the Haba na Haba campaign so far. So why am I reporting on this here (aside from the fact I am really proud of myself J)? Because I send this money via mPesa (mobile to mobile money transfer) which is a VERY common form of money transfer in Kenya. Indeed mPesa has received numerous global awards, most recently the Best Mobile Money Service award at Global Mobile Awards in Spain. This is one area where an emerging market lead the world in – I am proud to be Kenyan or as we say in Kiswahili najivunia kuwa mkenya!
So, back to ACT 6, I am rather torn. Barter, the future of money (mobile money transfers, and micro-loans to help someone kickstart their project are unusual practice in Kenya and I am already engaged in these. Now, although I have no formal skill bank system, I have volunteered to assist any UE agent (and already exchanged emails with 3 Agents) write up their UE scholarship proposals as proposal writing is a skill I have acquired over many years (jua kali skill banking??). As I feel this is an area I can contribute constructively to any UE Agent and especially those looking to Evoke in Africa, I am sending the word out again – I am available to think, plan & write with any Agent looking to write up an Evokation for scholarship. Please spread the word to any of your friends and networks who may be interested.