Peperuka Foundation

Peperuka Foundation is currently running a training and mentoring programme with girls from Seed of Hope Centres.

Changamka is an experience through which girls recognize their own greatness. A space where they listened to, valued and guided towards their own dreams. A journey that leaves them present to new possibilities of what they can achieve. We do this because we see a world where young girls have an extraordinary understanding of themselves and live purposeful, enriched inspired and fulfilled lives. And so, it is our mission to provide transformative education, opportunities to create and innovate, effective one – on- one mentoring and relevant global connections.

We take root in five values:
Integrity — the deliberate act of honoring one’s word
Accountability — taking a stand for each other
Audacity — being bold enough to do what needs to be done
Passion — living enthusiastically (even when we don’t feel like it!)
Excellence — bringing our best selves and highest quality to everything we do

The Nuts and Bolts: It is a 12 month course for young women that are running their own businesses and is structured around three pillars:
  • WHO YOU ARE: Personal Growth
  • WHAT YOU DO: Technical Upskilling
  • HOW YOU DO IT: Business Training
Wangari Nyanjui – Programme Co-ordinator
Wangari is a communications expert with 15 years experience. She is the owner and creative director of Black Butterfly Limited, which is a visual communications firm. She returned to Kenya in 2005 after several years of living and working the United States. Wangari has a BFA (with honors) in Graphic Design and Packaging and is passionate about designing for impact. She also runs Peperuka – an eco-friendly and socially conscious lifestyle brand and Peperuka Foundation – which, like the parent company – is centered around the concept of good living. She also enjoys running, hiking, skydiving and most recently, cycling.

The Faculty
Carole Irungu – Personal Growth Coach
Carole is an accomplished facilitator/teacher and certified Best Year Yet Coach with vast experience in corporate Kenya. A holder of a Master of Arts in English from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts, International Affairs from Ohio University, Carole spent 7 years following her passion for knowledge transfer teaching undergraduate writing in the US.

Carole has spent the last 7 years focused on management, leadership and Customer Service facilitation assignments across East Africa traversing various cultural and professional practices & disciplines. She is experienced in designing training curricular and has the ability to simplify complex information through the use of excellent written and verbal communication skills.

As a coach, Carole has been described as a “paradigm shifter” due to her ability to get individuals to move from inaction to action, thus transforming their lives.

Joan Mbugua – Technical Upskilling Coach
Joan is the co-owner, manager and designer at Kipenzi Designs. Kipenzi offers unique and contemporary African products influenced by ethnic motifs. The company makes a continuous and conscious effort to encourage the pursuit of traditional craft skills, quality and locally available materials to produce fairly traded items. The craftsmanship is done by local women who are taught life long skills to enable continuous income generation. Joan graduated from Moi University with a BA in Apparel and Fashion Design.

Lemmie Maloiy – Business Training Coach
Lemmie’s business experience includes 8 years in the corporate environment working for fortune 500 companies such as AXA, medium sized IT company (Avanteos Pty Ltd) and the top Financial Planning company in WA (RMG Financial Services). Coaching business owners on their financials and TEAM is something Lemmie is passionate about.

To complement his experience and abilities Lemmie attended training with International business entrepreneur Brad Sugars and his Action team in all aspects of business including team development, systems, sales and marketing.

Over the past 4 years Lemmie has taken his passion for sport seriously. He is a Basketball Australia nationally accredited coach who has achieved significant success at various levels of competition including winning back to back GOLD medals at the state national championships with the Victorian Metro Men’s Ivor Burge team (2005,2006). The lessons he has learnt through his love of sport allows him to be a results oriented coach. Lemmie’s passion is helping people achieve their dreams and aspirations. This is something that he has successfully been able to do with individuals, business owners, colleagues and the teams he coaches. One of Lemmie’s philosophies is to “empower and educate” business owners to use their businesses as a tool to take control of their lives and chart their destiny.

Lemmie has lived in 4 continents, worked with various personalities and cultures and enjoys learning about people.

As part of his life balance, Lemmie also volunteers at least 10 hours of his time to help the community each week.

The Mentors
Anne Mitaru is an international humanitarian lawyer presently working with Save the Children as the Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor for East Africa and Horn of Africa. Prior to moving into the humanitarian space, Anne worked for many years in the areas of governance, human and women’s rights with leading regional and international organisations including Oxfam and Equality Now. Committed to seeing the creation and implementation of sound laws and policies at national, regional and continental levels, she has over the years lent her efforts to the defence of rights, the strengthening of national and African continental governance, and the heightened and improved response of national governments and the international community to humanitarian emergencies.

Anne is a Master of Laws (LL.M.) graduate from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and as a fellow of the 2009/2010 Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Development Program, worked briefly in Manila, Philippines.

Wanjiru Waweru a creative serial entrepreneur. After graduating in Interior Architecture from The Glasgow School of Art – University of Glasgow, Wanjiru moved back to Kenya and set up Amber Africa – a company specializing in Interior Architecture for individuals, hotels and multinational corporate organizations. While running Amber Africa Limited, Wanjiru set up the fashion house Dawn of Creation with the label, Spice – created to shake and shift the way Kenyan women dress and accessorize, using locally available materials. 11 years later, Wanjiru is running Funkidz Limited – an exciting, innovative children’s brand targeting children from age 0-16 years. It started 3.5 years ago and is currently selling in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Wanjiru has been part of mentoring young people through the Junior Achievement program and was part of a panel of judges on a reality show showcasing students projects called “The Pitch”.  Recently Wanjiru was a judge in Lean Start Up – a module during the third seminar series of the Acumen East Africa Fellows Program.  As a member of Rotary International and Past President of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga, community service is also at the core of who Wanjiru is and wanting to make a positive contribution and difference to the world she lives in.

Irene Kiragu has over 10 years experience in business process and technology consulting assisting organisations within the region improve their technology selection, implementation, utilisation and management. Irene currently consults independently on project management and business process and systems implementation. Irene was previously a Programme Manager for systems implementations at Jubilee and Pan Africa Insurance and prior to that was a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s technology consulting practice where she consulted for various companies in a variety of industries on the effective application of technology in business. She has also been the lead in the implementation of business processes and systems in various industries.

Wanjiru Marika is a Business Process and Solutions Consultant, currently with the Programme Innovations Unit at World Food Program, in Nairobi Kenya. She received her B.Sc from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California. She has over 14 years business management experience with 12 of those years in software engineering management. She has had critical roles in large scale major system conversions and solid experience managing multi-million dollar projects. She is also passionate about holistic health and wellness. She is the owner and certified yoga and spin instructor, at Ayatana Yoga Lounge at the Green House, Nairobi. She is an avid amateur athlete and has successfully completed a number of triathlon and bike events. She is a passionate mentor who has participated in mentoring programs for homeless and transitional children. She believes successful mentoring starts with creating a safe and enabling environment for a mentee to discover and create their own journey through life.

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