TBN Africa

Our Alumni Community

Our alumni network consists of over 400 innovative and scalable African businesses that we support in their journey towards growth and investment readiness.

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Home To Africa! We are East Africa’s Travel Specialist and pride ourselves in professionalism, creativity, flexibility and the inherent desire to create memorable experiences. We look at each guest’s request as an opportunity to create something special. At Home To Africa, We Treasure Your Fond Memory. When we craft your travel itinerary, we put our heart into it. Whether you are an individual, family or group, we will craft an adventure to your expectations. No one takes more pride than we do in creating your trip of a lifetime.

Our doors are open to all. Are you a traveler out there wondering how/who to arrange your trip?

Or Are you a Travel Agent, Oversea Tour Operator out there and wondering who could be your right partner?

For more information;

Email: tour@hometoafrica.com

Phone: +256(0)414-692378 / +256(0)774-872185

Website: https://www.hometoafrica.com/

Come Home To Africa and let’s explore the beauty of East Africa together.
With the disruptions brought about by Covid-19, here is our commitment; We offer flexible cancellation, postponement and payment conditions to all our esteem and potential clients. During the actual trip, be sure that your safety and health is priority to us. We operate in full adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures laid out by the line Heath Ministry

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We are a manufacturing firm designing an array of apparel ranging from intimates to sportswear. Our goal is to create sustainable livelihoods by offering decent work to women and youth, contributing to economic growth while producing trendy, comfortable and appealing garb.
Kega Fashions is also a producer of PPEs.

For more information:

Website: https://kegafashions.com
Email: kega@kegafashions.com
Mobile: 0710 975782

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Sleek and Slender is a wellness center that deals in Preventive Healthcare.
Since opening in 1999, we have been treating and teaching our clients using Preventive Healthcare techniques by focusing on four core pillars;

  1. Nutrition – “Every bite is either feeding disease or fighting it.”
  2. Exercise – “There’s need to create physical and mental harmony.”
  3. Stress Management – “It’s not the weight of the load that breaks us, it’s how we carry it.”
  4. Attitude Adjustment – “Changing the relationship we have with our bodies (internal and external) by realizing it is the only vehicle that will drive us to our destinies.”

Our Motto is “Be Your Own Doctor” and at Sleek and Slender we have a hub of information and techniques on how to live a healthy and meaningful life.

For more Information;

Email: info@sleeknslender.net

Phone: +256772200340 / +256782717145

Website: www.sleeknslender.net

Case Studies

Through our global network of expert business trainers and coaches, investors and entrepreneurs, we support both early – stage entrepreneurs to build impactful profitable businesses and be investment ready.

Olivelink Healthcare

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Josephine Suleiman, a retired banker, was helping a friend to run a struggling hospital which opened her eyes to the great need for hospital services in Nairobi’s Sinai slum. This is a community that resides in iron-sheet-walled makeshift shacks with poor sanitation, living on less than a dollar a day.

Deeply moved by the deplorable living conditions, she founded Olivelink Healthcare. Josephine dreams big. She embarked on a mission to make primary healthcare services affordable for the 100,000 people living in the slums of Sinai and Lungalunga.

Overcoming Barriers

All beginnings are hard. Josephine quickly discovered the messy reality of entrepreneurship. The clinic struggled to retain staff to work in such a difficult area. Dependent on donor support, Josephine was trying to develop a business model that would allow her to operate sustainably.

Looking for a way out of the impasse, Josephine decided to join Scale for Success, TBN’s accelerator programme, in 2017. TBN’s mentors and coaches provided valuable advice to Josephine on Olivelink’s business model which helped make operations profitable.

Growth Funding

When the demand for Olivelink’s services kept growing Josephine started planning a second clinic in Tassia slum in the Eastlands area of Nairobi. Olivelink had to attract investments to finance the new facility. TBN provided bespoke investment-readiness services and introduced Josephine to investors from the UK, US and Singapore at the TBN Investment Summit.

This secured Olivelink a loan to open a second clinic in 2018. In the first two weeks, the clinic treated 110 patients and created 12 new jobs. Low-income earners in Tassia that previously lacked affordable healthcare services now receive treatment at Olivelink’s clinic thanks to Josephine’s love for the people that she serves and the financial support of TBN’s investors.

Watch the full story: https://youtu.be/JxBk4Te2aKQ

Olivelink Healthcare

Ecomaji East Africa

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Despite strong international partnerships that Ecomaji had, they had a tough start. Two years in and the company had no money. Passionate in supplying wastewater treatment equipment, biogas and renewable energy, founder Kim Wanjihia sought to develop and implement sustainable financial strategies that would help finance stock purchasing and build partnerships with local distributions companies. ‘Good relationships are critical to success’ says Kim. At this point, he then joined the TBN Scale for Success Program

Kim Wanjihia is an adventurous individual. He had a chance to do his undergraduate degree in Australia where he graduated with a Bachelors’ in marketing and advertising. During this time, he worked in the construction industry and which laid the foundations for years to come.

Coming back to Kenya in 2008, Kim was met with severe drought conditions. He recalled a documentary he watched while abroad about water recycling and knew that Kenya needed a solution. After a couple of years of trial and error, meeting numerous dead-ends, Ecomaji was born.

Despite strong international partnerships it was a tough start. Two years in and the company had no money. However, thanks to support of friends, family and some wise mentors, Kim was able to adjust his marketing strategy and the business grew from 5 million Ksh to 50 million Ksh.

Ecomaji sought to develop and implement sustainable financial strategies that would help finance stock purchasing and build partnerships with local distributions companies. ‘Good relationships are critical to success’ says Kim.

Joining the TBN Scale for Success program was a step towards this and the 6 months training that Kimutia went through had a major impact on business at Ecomaji. “We had to develop a focus on structure since doing the same thing and expecting different results wasn’t helping.” The program provided a wider perspective and encouraged entrepreneurs to critically analyze their businesses. “We realized we were just doing things and hadn’t documented processes. We therefore identified weak points and addressed them.” With an in-depth discussion about the importance of people, the program put Ecomaji in a position to clarify tasks and responsibilities allowing the team to deliver improved efficiency.

Ecomaji has grown internally since the program commenced and qualified as one of the enterprises that will meet with investors as the program comes to a close.

Ecomaji East Africa

Bawa Hope

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In 2007/08 during the post-election violence, Andrew and his wife Annah went with a church group to an in ternally displaced persons (IDP) camp. They saw many people who had no work but found some making jewellery. The couple decided to start something that would bring hope and income to those in the camps. Annah was wor king in Fair Trade at the time. She approached one of their clients in Austria to buy jewellery from Kenya a nd sell it in Austria.

One artisan they had known in the past had just started doing brass jewellery. Together, they did some samples, sent them to Austria and this client placed the first order. When Annah and Andre w saw that there was potential and demand for the product, they founded Bawa Hope (In Swahili, it means wings of hope ).

Since 2008, they ve been working with clients in Austria, Sweden and the U.S. who they mostly met at diff erent trade fares. The first five years were tough for different reasons including the European financial crisis which reduced business significantly. Annah and Andrew feel rewarded when they see their impact on arti sans who are now able to take care of their families, open bank accounts or even to acquire assets.

Bawa Hope

Zana Africa

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Zana Africa was founded out of the desire to meet a critical need in Kenya. Megan Mukuria has lived in Kenya and worked with young women since 2001. She saw a systemic lack of access to safe, affordable menstrual products or related health education for 4 in 5 girls and women across East Africa. The resulting negative effects in education, health, safety, and economic security result in trauma and keep girls in a cycle of poverty . Megan saw this need and created Zana Africa, a hybrid social enterprise (a social business and a non- profit). The social business manufactures and sells sanitary pads as a fast- moving educational good to put health education alongside the pad package.

Nia sanitary pads have sexual and reproductive educational informatio n on the packaging and are supplemented by Nia teen magazines which feature cartoons of Nia and her friends are they experience the trials of adolescence. She also works with NGOs providing school kits.

Zana Africa started in 2008 as a small operation, making the products in a blender in Cambridge, Massachus etts. It is now an operation with over 20 staff, has IP on its process and products, two offices and a wide range of products, Zana has grown rapidly and is expanding into a number of new fields. They serve about 10,00 0 girls and women through the market and another 5,000 or 10,000 a month through NGO sales.

In 2017, Zana Africa joined the TBN accelerator programme and particularly worked on strategy amongst othe r learnings; they actually changed their business model based on the process they went through on the course. She says that, TBN has hands down been the best accelerator that I ve ever been in and I ve been in a lot o f programmes. It s really taken us from where we were to really being able to have the tools to go to where w e want to be. I think we were a little bit stuck and it helped to get unstuck .

Zana has great prospects for the future, they are expanding their sales, supplying to a greater number of retailers, working with NGOs in other areas such as HIV awareness and are starting to offer free services to girls to connect them to safe people in person and on the phone and via SMS, to connect to safe people, acces s family planning services. They hope to expand across the region and into other regions in Africa to replica te the entire solution and to increase their great impact.

Zana Africa

Botanic Treasures

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When Elizabeth Mbogo was unable to produce breast milk for her second child, villagers recommended she try Moringa Oleifera a local plant. After taking moringa, she started producing milk the next day. She researche d its nutritional value and discovered that it has well-documented health benefits.

She saw an opportunity to process and sell green gold and in 2012, Botanic Treasures was born. Botanic Treasures is a family business that makes moringa powder, varieties of moringa tea and other health products including moringa oil, detox mix and moringa nuts.

However, the business struggled to grow – it was too reliant on her and so unable to reach its full potential. In 2017, Elizabeth joined TBN’s Scale for Success programme. It taught her to develop the organisation’s processes and build the right team. Elizabeth says that, “since attending the Scale for Success, I have been able to recruit right. The trainers were clear that it boils down to you as a vision bearer so finding people as passionate as I am and as focused as I am, was a priority.”

Over the past year they have entered 2 new supermarket chains and added 18 new stores. They now work with over 300 farmers. They are also working on increasing awareness of moringa’s health benefits as it’s still a fairly unknown product in the region. The moringa market is still fairly new in East Africa so there is room for Botanic Treasures to grow and scale greatly.

The impact on the lives of the local farmers has been enormous. One lady was able to build a 3-bedroom house from selling moringa to Botanic Treasures. This is the real motivator for Elizabeth. She says, “people’s lives are transformed, people can pay for school fees, they can buy a new water pump, now children can go to college because of moringa sales. The stories are endless. It’s a ripple effect, we talk of 300 farmers directly [impacted] but if we talk about the clients, it s in the thousands.”

Botanic Treasures