Can we create change in our community? Lets start with a night of crowdfunding, music, food and community action!
Nairobi Stew is a community dinner funding microgrants for community projects. It is built on the belief that 500 ksh, 4 pitches, stew and a vote is all you need to make incredible things happen in your community. TheNairobi Stew series is inspired by the soup movement, which began with Detroit Soup in 2010 and has spread around the world since.
This is the second event in the series, but the first event saw Maria Omare from Paa take home the crowdfunded microgrant to support her venture that upcycles water hyacinth from the Nairobi Dam to create handmade crafts such as purses and mats. You can read all about them here.
How does it work?
For a suggested donation of 500 ksh (feel free to donate less or more, depending on your circumstances), attendees receive a bowl of stew and a vote, and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners will then come back to a future Stew dinner to report their project’s progress.
Last event’s presenters
If you happened to be at our last event, and you want to pledge support to one of the presenters, you can find their info and contact details below. Don’t hesitate to reach out – they need people like you to create an even bigger impact!
My Mind My Funk – Sitawa Wafula
MMMF is mental health info and support hub that ran Kenya’s first mental health and epilepsy support line. It acts as a point of reference and support for people suffering from mental health issues and don’t know where to turn. MMMF is now on a tour around the country to speak to university students about the founder’s own experience of mental health issues.
Sharimar – Victoria Muthama
Sharimar is an organization that mentors young vulnerable mothers by building their self-esteem and providing them with mentoring and counseling, and building valuable skills for employability. Through the programme, they receive support in finding ways to make a living after they graduate.
No Robbery Nairobi – Bellah Achieng
The project aims to create a safe city for all. It’s a robbery awareness campaign delivered by reformed street boys and girls. It delivers empowerment training, helps reduce numbers of street children and helps place them in formal and informal schools according to their choices.
Performing Arts Club – Anne Muthoni
The purpose of Performing Arts Club is to nurture artistic talent in young children in Mukuru in music, dancing, acting, acrobatics, allowing them to build a future for themselves and keep them off the streets. Currently, the project has no facility to shelter them from rain or to cushion the acrobats from the bare ground and they are looking to build a structure to house the project in Mukuru.
K Shoes – Joshwa Tambo
Kshoes is a social enterprise that utilizes a spectrum of recycled materials to make quality, durable and fancy shoes by skilled artisans from Kibera. Revenue earned is used to offer competitive scholarship opportunities to bright students in need from informal settlements in Nairobi.
Next Nairobi Stew
The next Nairobi Stew will take place in the first half of September, exact date and location to be announced.
Want to pitch about your project at Nairobi Stew?
Applications to pitch will open early August.
- 17:00 Doors open. Come, find your seat, talk with your neighbour and learn about the presenters.
- 18:00 Introduction to Nairobi Stew, and then presentations. Each presenter is invited to talk about their idea for four minutes, and then the audience is allowed four questions.
- 19:00 Dinner & voting.
- 19:30 Announcement of the winner.
*Photos were taken by Quantum Pixels Media.