When women come together, incredible things happen. On 28 September, Kenyan Women in Germany (KWIG) hosted their 1st Meet and Greet Launch event, which took place in the Bürgerzentrum Engelshof e.V. in Cologne.
The founder of KWIG on Facebook Jacklyne Achieng Kuhn started this group to offer Kenyan women a platform where they can support, interact and uplift each other. The event brought together high profile panelists and sponsors who made it possible for some 46 participants to discuss issues concerning Kenyans living in Germany as well as their Diaspora role in national development back home.
The panelists included
- Mrs Gillian Piroth, who is the Founder and CEO of My Ethnic Cooking & Catering – a modern and creative African food business based in Frankfurt and which provides home cooking solutions, event catering and cooking courses.
- Monicah Bucher, CEO and Founder Mohils Tours and Hosting Kenya, which offers a friendly tourism and hosting company based in the beautiful county of Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. Her company offers a carefully selected range of overland adventures, wildlife safaris and travel packages.
- Elsa Odongo, CEO & Founder Ol-opito Gardens, which will be situated in Ilkilorit – Kenya. Elsa’s plan is to plant a forest and a botanical garden and hence transform the bare land into a nature oasis. This she believes will contribute to saving the environment and also create a space where people from all walks of life can enjoy and appreciate nature. Ol-opito Gardens aims to build several self-contained cabins within the forest as a getaway possibility for people who need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life or those who just want some alone-time or even those who want space to work.
- James Mugo, Property Advisor Optiven Real Estate Optiven Group, a leading brand in the African real estate sector whose main objective is to empower property investors and transform society. Optiven provides affordable prime properties to the professionals and business people, they provide reasonably priced housing for the Eastern Africa communities. They link up home owners and developers with the market.
- Representatives of Kenyan Embassy, Berlin, were also amongst the panelists who had previously received a series of questions that the participants had prepared and due to time constrain it was agreed that they would be improving the logistics and communication skills of their employees to ensure an improved and better services.
- Elizabeth Horlemann, Cognitive Life Coach and
- Rose Peters who runs a group supporting African Carerrs in Germany
The highlight of the event was when several participants came forward and registered themselves as new potential donors in support of Astrid‘s campaign #MatchMyMix. Astrid is a Nigerian-German mother who was diagnosed to have an aggressive blood cancer — acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and urgnetly needs an African-European/ African-Caucasian stem cell donor who can help her to continue being there for her children, husband and friends.
Kenyan Women in Germany Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/371906446784626/