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TEDxBayArea 12/08/11 -Lindy Wafula-Social Entrepreneurship: The Power House..

Talk Title: Social Entrepreneurship: The Power House for Women Lindy initiated Project Africa as a nonprofit organization to promote gender equality and empowerment of women. The organization's programs are geared towards creating opportunities for women and girls to access basic education, vocational training, enterprise development, ICT and leadership. In 2011, Lindy started the Lady Mekanika Project and the Nanny Project. These Projects aim to empower young women with automobile mechanics skills and home management skills for enterprise development respectively. About 60 young women are participating in the 1st year of these two projects and are prepared to venture into automobile industry that has long been dominated by men, also to put value and worth into the home making role that has traditionally been performed by women. After the training, Lindy hopes to establish social enterprises to employ the trained women into these two industries. Lindy was awarded the Africa International MDG achievers' award for her advocacy work in promoting gender equality and empowerment of women. She was also honored with the Building Bridges peace award for empowering grassroot women as agents of peace after the 2007 post election violence in Kenya. It is her passion to serve women and advocate for gender equality and empowerment of women that is why she has declared her candidacy to run for parliament in 2012 Kenya's general election. She hopes to influence economic policies to the favour of women in Kenya to venture into profitable entrepreneurship for social good. About TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) At our TEDxBayArea events, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connections in a small group setting.
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