Miriam Wambui, Maendeleo Mtaa

Miriam Wambui, graduated from Nairobits Digital Design School in Nairobi, Kenya and is enthusiastic about community development through information and communications technology (“ICT”).

Miriam’s project, Maendeleo Mtaa, comes from a Swahili word for “developing the community.”  It is a training program for youth between the ages of 18 and 35 on ICT, entrepreneurship and life skills. The core participants are non-formal students in Dandora and Kariobangi, Nairobi, who were unable to continue with their studies due to lack of finances or family support. As a result, these youth are at risk for early pregnancy and crime, contributing to the cycle of poverty in the community.

“The project is a platform to transform their lives through the skills they acquire, while tapping into their immense potential and talents to create social change,” said Miriam.

Funds from the Pollination Project will be used towards expenses such as marketing and training materials and facility rental.

To learn more about Maendeleo Mtaa, visit their website and Facebook page.

GRANT AWARD DATE: September 7, 2014