About Our Cohorts
Around the globe, there are thousands of underestimated and under-resourced leaders capable to leading movements to create sustainable change in vulnerable communities through business. Our goal is to equip entrepreneurs with the skills, education, connections, and resources they need to launch their businesses and start creating an impact in their community.
About Jinja, Uganda
Nestled along the banks of the Nile River, Jinja is home to the individuals in our Uganda Cohort. Known as the "Source of the Nile," this beautiful town pulsates with a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. Our team's connections to Tom Ngobi made Jinja the natural first location to launch a Kindred Exchange cohort. With Tom's help, we were able to bring together 10 mission-minded entrepreneurs seeking to launch impactful businesses in their community.
Our 3 Year Cohort Model
Our three-year cohort model provides a comprehensive business foundation for our entrepreneurs. In Year One, our entrepreneurs walk through a curated curriculum that covers essential aspects of Business as Mission, Money Management, Market Research, Pitching, and more. Through this curriculum, they gain the knowledge and skills necessary to launch and manage their missional businesses successfully.
Throughout the 3 year program, they build strong support and relationships within their cohort and with their Kindred Companion, fostering a network of individuals dedicated to mutual growth and relational support.
Our goal is to equip our the cohort to become successful business owners and lights in their community. We also equip the entrepreneurs to give back to their communities by sharing the knowledge they have learned with others that seek to start or scale businesses.
In the first year, our cohorts focus on the foundational business concepts they will need to know to launch their businesses.
In year 2, the cohort begins applying what they've learned through market research, crowd-funding, and launching their MVP.
During year 3, the cohort shifts their focus to sharing the business knowledge they've learned by teaching community workshops and mentoring the next cohort.
Meet the Cohort
We are currently working with a group of Kingdom-minded entrepreneurs in Uganda. Over the course of our 3 year cohort program, these individuals will develop their business concepts, perform market research, crowdfund start-up support, and eventually launch their missional businesses into the world. Read their profiles below to get to know their business ideas and the missons behind them.
Sam is the founder of a chicken egg hatchery and community poultry farm called Raise A Chic Africa (RACA). His mission is to provide high-quality poultry for his community and to empower and educate others on sustainable agriculture.
Irene, a passionate kindergarten teacher of 15+ years, is looking to start a kindergarten school in her community. Irene’s vision for her school is to offer quality kindergarten education but at an affordable price.
As a mechanical engineer, Hezron is looking to start a motor vehicle service and repair workshop for his community. His mission is to provide safe & dignified employment opportunities for street kids.
Working currently as a secondary teacher, Paul is looking to start his own school that provides quality education, skills, and spiritual growth. Paul is passionate about setting children up for educational and spiritual success.
Esther & Lydia
Esther and Lydia are 2 friends partnering to open Jinja's first food truck restaurant together. They hope to provide job opportunities for young people and delicious, affordable food for their community.
George, a professional in agriculture, is excited to scale his piggery business. Living in a rural village outside Jinja, George has the unique opportunity to grow his own business and teach others in his village how to sustain their operations as well.
Irene is opening a daycare center in Jinja. As a mother to many children, Irene is passionate about providing safe, loving environments for children to stay while their mothers work.
Tom is a natural entrepreneur looking to launch his business, Spotless Laundry Services, to provide safe work for women and to solve a big problem in his community.
Out of her passion for books and people, Phionah is hoping to launch a stationary and bookshop business in Jinja. Phionah's desire is to change the culture in her village by putting books in the hands of young kids and parents.