The Irreplaceable Human Factor

Every social venture in Kenya works more or less the same way – they set out to Kenya, find a partner. And after some time, when the project is done, they go after another project – with another partner. At CIS, we do things differently. We build relationships that last. We walk in when the others walk out. We stick …

A Brief Look Inside CIS 2019

Last month (Jan 2019), CIS has successfully conducted the first strategy workshop with ground team representatives from Kenya, the management team representatives and mentor from Sweden and Denmark. With all voices being heard, we had a great discussion and have set a clear goal for 2019. First and foremost, CIS is going to restructure Sack Gardening Project by integrating an …

A Transparency-Driven Venture

Driven by our need to expand and scale-up, CIS is growing more transparent. Since 2016, we have grown from an award-winning idea to a passion-driven venture operating across 3 cities in Kenya. With access to over 10 pre-screened school under our pipeline, CIS is considering to expand to up to 20 schools in Kenya by end 2019.  With more school …

Call for Application – Take Action Now!

After running CIS’s sack gardening program for more than 2 years, we are going to take a further step. CIS wants to help schools to grow stronger. Therefore, we are going to collaborate with Kenyan research institutions to implement programs in private schools.  A leading CIS initiative in 2018 / 19 resembles the experimentation did by China . In particular, we will …

Kenya’s 2022 Total Electrification Plan

In our previous blog post, we discussed how electricity has been the deadlock for Kenya’s growth. In particular, a lot of Kenyan private schools have limited access to affordable electricity, are burning dirty kerosene and paying an average of USD25 a month just to power up their schools.  With abundant sunshine, Kenya is naturally the perfect country to implement solar strategies; …

What Prevents Kenya from Growing Rich?

If you ask a typical Kenyan, on what prevents the country from growing rich. you are going to have a lot of insights. Corruption, education, living cost… CIS has conducted 122 interviews, to uncover why is Kenyan’s income still lacking behind the developed countries. It turned out that, an average Kenyan spends disproportionally high amount of their income on daily …

Taking Full Responsibility on Our Lives

What defines CIS isn’t the number of training we have delivered, nor the assistance we have given the schools. What defines CIS, is the self-assuring belief we have brought to hundreds of students and teachers. Over the past 2 years, CIS have worked hard to deliver one message, one clear message – schools are the ultimate owners of their future. …

Heri ya mwaka mpya!

December is the time to remind us how lucky CIS has been. Most of our ground team members are returning from Nairobi to their respective villages, to celebrate family reunion, and also CIS’s extraordinary achievements. As 2018 marches into 2019, we also need to set new goals. CIS strategy workshop is taking place on 19th January 2019, when we will …

Together We Go Far

Lots of people ask – what is the structure of CIS? If you also have the same doubt, you better pay attention 🙂 In short, CIS consists of management team and ground team, and together we are more than the sum of our parts.  CIS management team takes the lead in pushing innovative programs, and finding new ways to improve …

Embrace the Change

It has been 2.5 years since the establishment of CIS. We went from developing an idea supported by friends and people we have never met, to going to a country we never went before and finally made it in Kenya. It is a long shoot, it is a long shoot my friends, from knowing nobody to building up our own …