Kenya harmony gender dao

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Proposal Overview

The Blockchain Industry has increasingly become popular in the African continent with reports showing that the continent possesses one of the fastest-growing markets for cryptocurrency adoption over the past year. Kenya is among the countries in Africa with one of the highest grassroot adoptions in the world as the country has been ranked fifth in the world by the 2021 Chainalysis global crypto adoption index, which is proof of the immense interest in, and increased adoption of cryptocurrency by Kenyans.

The blockchain industry presents a host of opportunities that are of immense benefits to Kenyans, including career opportunities offered by significant players in the crypto job market. This is considering the increased adoption and popularity of this particular industry has resulted in an increased demand for Blockchain expertise to help navigate this new technology.

However, reports show that the blockchain industry is currently male-dominated, and this is also the case in Kenya. Even though more women are venturing into the industry, the number of women operating in the industry is still significantly low, and this creates the need to identify effective solutions for increasing women participation. Kenya Gender DAO seeks to address this problem by putting measures into place to help women access training and mentorship that can help them gain the needed skills and knowledge for venturing into the blockchain industry and attaining fulfilling careers.

Aside from increasing women participation in the industry, the program will also help reduce unemployment, which is currently a major challenge facing the youth in Kenya. As of the first quarter of 2021, the unemployment rate in the country was 6.6%. More women will be able to secure employment in the blockchain industry, thanks to Kenya Gender DAO.

The Problem

Despite the opportunities presented by the blockchain industry, there has been an increased concern of it being male-dominated with reports showing that a majority of the individuals operating in it are men. This disparity can be linked to the fact that many believe the industry is primarily characterized by roles of traders and developers, which are also male-dominated professions. This is considering blockchain first became popular during an era of increased technological advancement, which had a significant influence on both finance and tech industries, both male-dominated. The gender disparity is reflected in the Kenyan crypto market, presenting the need to promote female participation in the industry.

The challenges women face when venturing into the blockchain industry is an issue that is well known to Yvonne Kagondu, a proven and determined consultant who has been in the blockchain industry for nearly half a decade. Over this period, she has managed to identify various roles that can be taken up by women, and this has helped her sustain herself and her family. Yvonne is among a growing number of women who have managed to establish successful careers in the blockchain industry. Even though reports show that more women are venturing into the industry, female participation is still a record low.

Yvonne has not only made major steps in advancing her career in the crypto market, but has also played an active role in promoting female participation in the blockchain industry. She has managed to do so by sharing her newfound knowledge with fellow women and mentoring them so that they can be equipped with the needed skills and knowledge to establish and grow their careers in the crypto market. Based on her experienced, she is confident that women can also have fulfilling careers in the industry, and that female participation can be increased by giving women the needed push as well as a bit of incentive to provide some motivation.

The Solution

Yvonne believes that more can be done to help make the blockchain industry more gender-neutral. Armed with a team of proven, skilled, and knowledgeable women, with experience working in the blockchain industry, she intends to mentor more women in Kenya in an effort to ensure that women also receive an equal chance of excelling in the industry. The team intends to put measures in place to make training more accessible to women, thus facilitating the increased involvement of women in the blockchain industry.

Some of the careers the program will be focusing on that have proven to be ideal entry-level careers for women to use to pierce into the blockchain industry include;

  1. Marketing and Digital Marketing.
  2. Community Management.
  3. Event Organizing.
  4. Writing and Blogging.
  5. Public Relations.
  6. Localization and Translation.
  7. Social Media Management.

The Model

  1. The proposed solution involves using the Andela model of training while offering monetary incentives to the trainees. Andela is an organization that cultivates IT talent in Africa and provides leading global technology companies with access to a high-skilled resource pool. Andela software engineers participate in a coding boot camp after which they work remotely from Andela’s tech campuses across Africa. IFC is currently supporting Andela as an equity investor. More information on the Andela model of training can be found on the link below:
  1. Training while paying women on how to launch their careers in the crypto industry.

Women will first be trained on the basics of cryptocurrencies, Harmony blockchain protocol, web3, among other key aspects relevant to the industry. The women will also receive payment during the training period considering they will be engaged in project-based, on-the-job learning.

Once the women have successfully completed the first month training, we will then give them practical roles to participate in, where they will get an opportunity to use their newfound knowledge and skills in the crypto industry, while getting first-hand experience on what it is like operating in the industry.

  1. The women will also be guided on how to effectively build and develop their careers in the industry. This will involve assisting them refine their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, while showing them how to establish a professional and visible online presence based on their newly found skills.
  2. The women will be guided on the careers they can venture into in the crypto industry, including suitable jobs to apply for.
  3. The first cohort will constantly be assessed, and feedback will be encouraged throughout the training period so that insight can be gained on how improvements can be made to the program to help achieve its core mission.
  4. After conquering and creating visibility in Kenya’s capital, we shall roll out chapters to Kenya’s four major cities.

Milestones.

The following milestones are targeted in the 1st year after launch:

  1. Create nationwide awareness of the program through the use of popular mainstream and social media platforms. This will help inform women, as well as the general public, on the program’s mission and objectives.
  2. Identify at least 5 different locations across the country where training will be offered to women interested in entering the crypto market. This will help ensure the training is more accessible for women.
  3. Train at least 50 women within the first year after launch.

The Team.

The DAO’s team comprises 9 governors, each a blockchain expert with significant experience in the industry. The governors acknowledge the need for more female participation in the blockchain industry and are eager to train more women on how to establish careers and/or operate in the crypto market. Each governor possesses the necessary leadership and mentorship skills needed to train individuals and equip them will the relevant skills and knowledge needed to advance in the blockchain industry. The governors are:

  1. Yvonne Kagondu (Team lead)
  2. Juliana Mwangi
  3. Maureen Mwihaki
  4. Mireia
  5. George Maina
  6. Gladys Waceke
  7. Fiona Waithira
  8. Kihara Kelvin
  9. Aisha Morangi

Proposal Ask

The Kenya Gender DAO is asking for USD 75,000 to be disbursed in the course of 5 months.

How the money received will be used

  1. To finance training
  2. To hire physical locations for the training and related activities
  3. To hire administrative people such as a writer and an office administrator
  4. To pay the first cohort until the business is able to finance itself

We would first like to request for $20,000 to be disbursed in the first month to help set up the program, which includes, identifying suitable physical locations for training, setting up DAO stacks, establishing a suitable curriculum for the program, and reaching out to companies operating in the blockchain industry for career opportunities and partnerships.

Steps and Budget

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The DAO has insightful and actionable goals that will attain inclusivity which is much needed. I’m sure after achieving what you have set out to achieve in terms of teaching marketing, community management, writing, public relations etc. the next step could be teaching technical coding skills so that the Blockchain engineering realm doesn’t remain a sphere dominated by the male gender.

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A very comprehensive proposal, this comes at a timely time where young women in Kenya are looking for opportunities to advance their skills in Blockchain. :blue_heart: :blue_heart: :blue_heart: I would like to request the community to support this great proposal. Good Work @Yvonne

Yes, the idea is to have this as an incentivized starting point for women with the hope and ambition that they will grow to greatness in the industry.

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Thank you very much George

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This DAO will sustainably diversify the blockchain ecosystem in Kenya, leading to more versatile, holistic innovations and increased impact potential.

Thank you amboogieman!

Good work @Yvonne and a commendable proposal! Helping more women more women to have interest and be part of the blockchain ecosystem is a step in the right direction.

Thank you @kjbmcolaka

Diversity and inclusion further incentivize the adoption of Blockchain in Africa when everyone regardless of gender becomes an equal contributor. Equipping more women with these crucial technical skills will have a significant multiplier effect. Looking forward to the impact this project yields.

This is a great initiative. A well done proposal too. Good work @Yvonne and all the best.

This is amazing, thanks for sharing

This is an amazing initiative.

I think this project would best address women’s Empowerment, today’s global world, requires women to be not just assertive in demanding their social and economic rights but they should be assisted to acquire skills and education in technology such as blockchain and crypto awareness, I believe it should be supported and funded.

Kenyans are smart and with the blockchain tech going towards web3 they will be on the frontline. Digital assets are now a norm. No muscles required just brains.

I am super excited to be part of the Kenya Harmony DAO! Let’s work together to bring more women into the blockchain space and provide opportunities to our women! This is gonna be great!

This is very interesting with a great potential in Kenya. It will be a great step for women interested in this field.

This is a great proposal. I can already see a future with more women in the blockchain space.

DAOs are slowly taking over and there’s a bright future in them. I’m glad as women in Kenya we will have a team to guide us through. Great proposal

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