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THE INDUSTRY OF AID | Introduction

Africa is the second largest continent, bursting with more natural resources than any other, yet still behind much of the rest of the world in terms of economic development, peace and health. Why? There is no simple answer, but there are some consistently predominant contributors. Pre-colonization Africa was peaceful and self-reliant. Colonials moved in and…

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Home Sweat Home

We arrived in Mombasa on April 23rd at 7:40 PM Eastern African Time, after two years of research and preparation. I’ve been dreaming of coming here since I was 10 years old. This is literally a dream come true. We spent three weeks catching up with old friends and hosting some philanthropy consulting clients in…

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Imagination Philanthropy

Your imagination is one of the most powerful tools you will ever possess. It has the power to influence your thoughts, emotions, self-image, actions, etc. I often use the colloquialism “worrying is a waste of creativity”. Creativity and imagination come from the same place. In Proverbs 23:7, it says “As a man thinketh in his…

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Everything Is Good For You

People so often become paralyzed by their failures. However, I don’t view these instances as “failures” at all, but rather “necessary steps to my success”. It’s not in the moments of abundance or joy that our character is strengthened. It’s the moments when we overcome obstacles and recover from perceived failures that free our souls…

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For Profit Business = Greed

Unfortunately this is the predominant belief when it comes to for-profit vs. non-profit business models. KEZA recently converted from a 501c3 non-profit charity to a for-profit social venture. We spent four years living in Africa so we could listen to the people/culture and learn how to serve her. We are non-traditional and innovative in all…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: Expectations

Developing Nations are not often recognized for excellence. However, this has little to do with the level of talent and determination found in these areas. There are thousands of extraordinary artisans and competent entrepreneurs yet to have the opportunity to present their design and product to the international market. Decades of focus on the negative…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: Environment Matters

In 2007, The Washington Post did an experiment on context, perception and priorities in which Joshua Bell, an internationally acclaimed musical virtuoso, stationed himself in the Metro, playing his violin (valued at $4 Million) for passersby. He was perceived as any other bum trying to make a buck in the subway station. You can read…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: Image is Everything

Building a solid brand that fuels a better image for Africa can create an even bigger impact than the direct jobs you are creating with your business. For instance, with KEZA, we stand to generate 200-500 lucrative careers for African artists and entrepreneurs over the next 2 years. This is powerful and easily quantified. In…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: This is Better Than That

If I’m a photographer working in Africa, I’m going look for the most mind blowing and disturbing images I can capture. That’s my purpose. I gather pictures of starvation, disease, filthy hospitals, rebels with guns, dictators with gold plated vehicles and children with distended bellies and flies on their faces. I will use these photos…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: She is not a Charity Case

The Rwandan women we serve are former prostitutes. They’ve been beaten, raped and oppressed to a point where the only viable method for supporting themselves and their babies was to sell their bodies. Society regularly humiliated them to the point that they believed they were worthless.* It would be easy for us to tell that…

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