The ‘poor’ are not just some conglomerate group which can be dismissed as an economically, non-productive sector of society that we are unfortunately stuck with. They are fellow human beings - real people, individuals - for whom we have concern and responsibility. Optiven Foundation is now 2 years, and this has been a period of testing the waters, we are now deep into the waters, we have been faced by overwhelming requests for support, we wanted to initially just cater for few cases, but each day we have been stretching to accommodate ‘one more only’ case. And when we thought that was the end, one more has come, desperate and very needy, it is not amusing to tell someone needy to go and come again another day...even the Bible warns against that....Deuteronomy 15:7-8
"If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers,in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart,nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. But we sometimes reach the limit, we exhaust budget and turn away the needy."
Thomas Jefferson wrote 100 years ago,” That the children of the poor must be educated at common expense.” Today, scholarships open doors for students from low-income families, by providing financial aid for those who need it most. Optiven Foundation has been a partner to these needy students for over a year now, having over 40 beneficiaries through its Soaring Eagles Scholarship Fund in over 14 counties. When the Foundation began its scholarship program this year, we set a budget of Kes. 70,000 per student, per year. We did our budget according to the fee structures that the students were issued with upon admission, whose figures were utmost Kes 56, 000.
Creating One Million Entrepreneurs by the year 2035 movement is about sharing what Optiven Group has. Optiven Group means staff, customers and stakeholders. Sharing means split, divide, and apportion resources with others. Resources may mean the joys we have, time, assets, knowledge or liabilities. Sharing is caring. Let's talk about caring;
Optiven group believes that business must be profitable in the long-term for it to support the society. Optiven needs the society in order to be profitable. There is need for a profitable model that does not affect the planet earth. A poor society means a non-profitable business. We change the society through
We believe in a sustainable society and that is why we Incorporate Global Goals [SDG's] in our policies. Optiven believes in a business model that leaves very positive footprints in the society.
By: George Wachiuri, Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and CEO Optiven Ltd
By Muchiri Muchoki- Editor, Commerce & Industry
At the mention of the word 'Foundation', your thoughts will probably anchor on such names like Rockefeller Foundation, Safaricom Foundation, Equity Group Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation or some outfit that belongs to that league.
But you would be amazed to know that there are middle income companies that also run foundations that as well have big philanthropic hearts in Kenya. Well, there aren't as many companies in this latter league. And Optiven Foundation, a child of Optiven Limited, is one of them.
If you haven't heard of Optiven Limited, my bet is that you either haven't done a good research on some of the most reliable property companies in Kenya or that you are very new in Jerusalem. Optiven Limited is the company that recently emerged number one at the Top 100 mid-sized companies survey (Top 100 Survey).
Optiven Foundation receives 3 visitors. Daniel Solai , Agnes Solai and their daughter Leah Solai.
They reside in Kajiado County, Seuli Village. They have four Children, first born is in form 3 at Kijabe girls high School, Second born is in form 2 also at Kijabe girls, third born in class four and their last born in class one at a primary school in the neighborhood.This day they visit us because of Leah Solai, who is currently at home because she is in need of school fees. We get curious to know why they need our help and this is the reason.