Initial visit January 2009
Who went? The founders of the project Anni Lyngskær and Rie skårhøj
When did the trip take place? From the 5th – 14th of January 2009
What was the purpose of the trip? This trip was the first for Kono Business. In fact, our project didn’t even have a name at this point. But, we travelled to Sierra Leone to find out how we could develop a business concept that would benefit a group of women in the Kono province. We took our point of departure in a group of women who had undertaken tailor training but were unable to find employment, and simultaneously we initiated our collaboration with the local organization AVA. Other than having a lot of meetings, we got the women to sow approx. 30 bags in order to test their skill level and speed. This visit was the kick-off for Kono Business & Development.
During the winter and spring of 2009, we built a team to run the project.
The Development team wrote the first application to Danida and received approx. 60.000 kr. towards a new project visit.
The Business team wrote a business plan and reached the final of the entrepreneurial contest Venture Cup.
We created this video about the project back in 2009. The project manager of AVA explains about Kono Business. (Danish subtitles and voiceover.)