One year ago a young lady Nyambura Muturi after one failed attempt of putting together a YALI network meetup in Nairobi Kenya finally had a first taste of success.
About 30 people took part in her meetup at the iHub UX lab together engaging in a brainstorm session to figure out what they wanted out of the network and what they hoped to bring to the network.
One year later the network has achieved more than anyone would have ever expected from this initial small grouping.
TWO MENTORSHIP SESSIONS
The first of this was a Ignite session with Esther Passaris founder of Adopt a Light in November 2014
and the second "The YALI entrepreneurs Coffee" was held on June 10th 2015 organized by Paul Swider and with Amadou Chico Cissoko motivating the members.
TWO CONNECTION EVENTS WITH THE LARGER YALI FAMILY
In October the network organized a training meetup with Mandela Washington Fellows 2014 and the US embassy to help members and other applicants do great applications for YALI 2015.
The YALI Entrepreneurs Coffee also served as a connection event where Imran Vaghoo introduced the Regional Leadership Center being created at Kenyatta University and ways the network could benefit.
Members of the YALI network got to showcase what they were working on startups and non profits in the YALI Showcase on May 16th 2014.
SO IT CAME TO PASS
The YALI network has grown so fast and is now helping grow the Mandela Washington Fellowship which gave rise to it in the first instance.
Two members from the network are now 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows a clear indicator of the great work put in by US embassy staff and MWF 2014 fellows in October as well as by the network team in continuous development.
Twenty organizations took part in the YALI showcase in May which was a great success.
The iHub hosts many Tech developer groups that are self organized or volunteer driven.
YALI has been a new experience to iHub self organized and volunteer led like the tech groups its membership is engaged in so many activities that require not only a meeting space but a place for the network to call home to carry out training, build things and grow multiple social enterprises.