My name is Constantine Faustine. I'm 24 years old, from Tanzania, East Africa. I'm community volunteer and Aspiring Social entrepreneur. Motivated and committed to empower and support economically local unemployed youths and women from low income communities/ underserved communities by creating employment and income opportunities through sustainable social business.
The story :
After I finished my studies, determined to find employment unfortunately the odds were staked against me, with the country experiencing a big challenge of unemployment rate. After more than a year of job hunting with no results, life became very hard since I didn't have any source of income, unable to help myself and my family, I began to struggle with depression, low esteem and sense of isolation.
After searched for a job for over a year, I tried to think positively about what will be coming for me in the future if I can maintain my positive attitude. I decided to do something that will keep me active, motivated and engaged in the community. I took a volunteer role working on community development project aimed at improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation within community groups and schools in Morogoro rural areas of Tanzania. This project helped me to understand more about myself, more about the communities around me. I developed an understanding of issues affecting Tanzanian community and awareness of how to take action on issues I care about. I have been more involved in community/social actions since my return from the experience.
The problem and solution :
I decided must take action on issue of unemployment problem, after faced the challenge of getting employment opportunity and also witnessed young people in my community particularly from low income families how they struggle to find income opportunities/employment. I decided to seriously take path of social entrepreneurship so as to become a problem solver.
Young people face large scale, complex challenges to finding productive work and employment. Local youth and women from underserved communities face huge barriers, they lack skills and experience including soft skills essential to the workplace. They have difficulty accessing capital and credit at affordable rate, information and business networks.
I took time to think what I can do, create or build something using my abilities, talents, skills or environment around me that can bring positive impact to me and to others in my community and be proud.
I started attending different entrepreneurship trainings, seminars and workshops, studying through internet and reading magazines, newspapers about social business and entrepreneurship and I started learning from inspiring successful entrepreneurs who makes positive impacts in their communities.
The Project :
I decided to move forward and share my skills and abilities to help others at the same time help myself. After a lot of studies on different business ideas I came up with the idea of launching a social business with a social goal of tackling poverty through creating employment opportunities and promoting decent work.
I was curious about food processing and started to research the opportunities in the industry. I picked Ice cream candy processing business. The business will deal with processing and packaging of nutritious and delious Ice cream candy made using natural foods ingredients such as fresh fruits, milk and spices. The business will source ingredients from local farmers/ local producers and local suppliers.
Main Social Impacts of the business :
The business is going to create employment opportunities through several stages of the value chain of the business from growing and supplying ingredients/ raw materials to the entreprise, processing, packaging, marketing and sales among others for the people in community, hence contributing to the economic development of the local community.
The business will focus on providing employment and skills development to local unemployed youth and women from low income communities to enable them generate sustainable income, hence improving their living standard and of their families. The business will offer fair pay with good working conditions to the workers. No qualifications needed just a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and a dedication to what we are trying to do. Employees will undergo training to develop their skills.
And also, 60,% of the profit generated by the business will be re-invested in the business itself to achieve sustainable development of the operation with the vision of improving the products quality and expanding business operations to reach wider community in Tanzania.
And 40% of the remain profit generated by the business will be used to fund economic empowerment program to support groups of underserved youths and women dedicated to become entrepreneurs in order to be able to create jobs opportunities to themselves and others. The program will help to provide to them with the business and entrepreneurship skills, financial education, life skills as well as coaching support to help them setting up and running their businesses whilst also offering them soft loans to build on their success to secure favourable loan terms from micro finance institutions and banks to help further grow their businesses. This can lead to economic empowerment and Independence.
What I have tried to do to bring the project/ the social business to life :
After I got the idea of processing and packaging Ice cream candy, I made homemade ice cream candy, decided testing it out among my family, friends and neighbors. The feedback was a positive and it encouraged me that this is a business that could command good market. I started developing a business plan, business model and conducted market research. I knew that I would need start-up capital/fund and decided to start applying for funding from business competition , applying loan from local micro finance institutions but unfortunately I didn't make it. Decided to look for the other sources of capital. I have managed to raise $ 100 until now from my own savings. But to get things started, I obviously need more support to stand the operation up.
I will not work alone on this project either. I look forward to joining soon with two good friends of mine to make an incredible team of three entrepreneurs who have great determination, passion and willing to take the risk in fulfilling and making the business more progressive in order to impact the community. Also, the business is going to seek collaboration and partnership with the local government as well as local and international organisations with the same goal as of our business.
Business contribution towards global goals :
Additionally, this business is going to contribute towards achievement of the following sustainable development goals (SDGs) / global goals ; goal number 1- No poverty, goal number 8- decent work and economic growth, goal number 5-gender equality and goal number 17- partnerships to achieve the goals.
What is next ?
The next step is the launching of the business. I kindly need your help and support with donations to get this into operation. Any donations to this page will be greatly appreciated.
What will the funds raised be used for ?
With your contribution you Will help in the purchase of production equipments and tools such as filling and packing machine, freezer, commercial blenders, storage and deliveries containers i.e cadac cooler boxes, and back up generator, also ingredients, workwear uniforms and other materials for production activities.
In addition, will use the fund raised for registration of the business and other permits, pay for business consultation fee, renovation of business premise, promotion, insurance, trainings, and other initial costs i.e electricity, water and transportation.
You can help .
I am humbly asking for your support for my gogetfunding by making a donation and please help sharing and spreading out the word with your network. I will greatly appreciate it. Please, every cent you will donate is going to help get closer to the goal. I hope you can help in whatever amount comfortable for you.
Thank you so much in advance for your help and support . 🙏