FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Operations and Expenditures
_How much of every dollar goes to clients?
As a start-up not-for-profit, we are very proud of our use of funds. During our first year, 86 cents of every dollar went directly to our programs and for every dollar we received, we were able to leverage $4 in pro bono and in-kind support.
More importantly, is what we do with that 86 cents. Since our inception just over a year ago, Moyo Jasiri has established satellite hubs in Portland, Oregon and Kenya, and launched our online business development program, Advancing Women Entrepreneurs. The women in our programs are building sustainable business models, stronger customer bases, increasing their revenues and acquiring critical business skills. With the women in our pilot programs as our drivers, we are developing a robust business development training program that we will scale and replicate globally in the coming years. Read more about our results
_What’s your operational budget include?
_We believe that our operation should be a model of best practices for the women in our programs. Our start-up strategy is to keep our costs lean and channel maximum dollars into our programs. During this phase our team will continue to work from home offices; our advisory board will continue to provide valuable input for all aspects of program development, including marketing and communications, and our volunteers will provide administrative assistance. Since our inception in August 2010, we have leveraged almost $200,000 in pro bono time, including program and curriculum development, brand strategy, design, fundraising and communications. As Moyo Jasiri continues to grow, paid staff will be engaged and some services will be compensated.
What’s your plan for future growth?
_In years one and two, Moyo Jasiri is launching our AWE Business Development Series by creating support pods of women spread out across the globe, including the US, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Nepal. We will continue to incubate the 10 women in our pilot, which kicked off in year one, and enroll an additional 40 women in year two.
We will partner with organizations like SE Toolbelt to create an online learning management system that can used by any organization who wants to use the Internet to get their training programs to more people in need faster.
In year three, AWE will be poised to scale. We will continue to enroll women in the AWE Business Development Series, forming support pods of 10 women each on a rolling quarterly basis. Additionally, we will offer our business development modules as individual courses online to reach a wider demographic of women—and men and youth. This will to enable us to broaden our reach to anyone who will greatly benefit from our specific modules without dliuting our mission.
_What role will pro bono services play in the future?
_Keep it simple. Low cost, high impact. These are our basic operating guidelines. During these start up years, we are keeping it simple by leveraging the experience and expertise of our advisers to lay a solid foundation for all aspects of our operation. As we grow, we will strategically bring on a paid core staff and reduce our dependence on our Advisory Board.