The Enterprise department works with 9 refugee community-based organisations (CBOs) across 12 locations in Kenya and Uganda; including 3 in Kakuma Refugee Camp, 1 in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, 1 in Imvepi Refugee Settlement, 3 in Nairobi and 1 in Kampala.

Our partnerships with these organisations focus on sharing skills that serve to improve community engagement and enterprise among refugees in East Africa. In response to the barriers refugees face in attaining livelihoods and generating income, Xavier Project has developed the ‘Community Enterprise Cycle’ (CEC), which works by supporting the effort of these refugee-run organisations to improve livelihoods and income among their own communities.

Development of the CEC has come after years of working closely with refugee community groups. Xavier Project has come to understand that building the capacity of existing CBOs to better engage their own communities is a more sustainable and effective method of achieving Xavier Project’s mission. We believe supporting these organisations is a more cost effective, more creative, more empowering way of working than direct implementation models, and we believe the best way to achieve lasting change.

Community Enterprise Cycle

Step 1 includes partnership formation with individual CBOs, assessment of their operational gaps, and first-stage capacity building. This can be anything from donating furniture and learning materials to training key staff.

Step 2 is the training of foundational skills, for both course participants and CBO staff. XP supports CBO teaching activities – e.g. their literacy classes – and provides additional curriculums and teacher training support in line with the CBO’s own aims. XP also builds the capacity of CBO staff in these areas where necessary, particularly in the areas of finance and computer skills.

Step 3 sees graduates from Step 2 and CBO staff given specific technical skills that can help them generate more income and leverage more opportunities.

Step 4 encapsulates sustainability for both XP and the CBOs themselves, as well as scalability of the CEC concept. Through increase in capacity, income and opportunities afforded by Steps 1, 2 and 3, the CBOs become more sustainably run (financially and practically). XP facilitates collation of “lessons learned” during implementation and shares them with other CBOs in the CEC network. Trainers and participants alike give us feedback to iterate on course content – or contribute to course content themselves – the fruits of which are likewise shared among the CEC network.

Our Impact

Participants who say the learning centres we support are the only accessible learning centre in their area
Participants said taking their courses helped them get more money in their jobs
Participants who said taking their course helped them get a job
Participants that said their course helped them start a business
Participants said their course helped them access to higher educational opportunities
Participants said their course helped them participate in online/digital work opportunities

Updates on Enteprise

  • Young refugees learning game design with Nairobi Play

    Nairobi Play supports refugee youth in Nairobi and Kakuma with skills on computational thinking, basic programming and intercultural competency. Read below to find out more.

    25 January 2019
  • First computer classes in Rwamwanja

    In 2017 we were proud to receive support from Electric Aid for our hub in Rwamwanja refugee settlement in South West Uganda.

    11 April 2018
  • The Tamuka team head to Rwamwanja, Uganda

    In late July, the Tamuka team travelled from Kampala to the Rwamwanja settlement in Southwestern Uganda for a few days to continue to build partnerships in the camp and do further research for upcoming initiatives. Home to mostly Congolese and Rwandese refugees, the camp was reopened in 2012 to accommodate for the large influx of

    15 September 2016
  • Xavier Project visits Kakuma refugee camp

    At the beginning of July, Xavier Project and Eneza Education staff, in partnership with LWF, visited Kakuma refugee camp – Kenya’s second largest refugee camp situated in the North West. The aim of the trip was to introduce a pilot of the Eneza education mobile revision programme in a number of primary schools at the

    30 July 2016