One of the most inspiring things about working for Nuru is being able witness our local leaders’ amazing ability to create innovative solutions to end extreme poverty. Whether it’s designing a new loan package for farmers, working with cutting-edge technologies in the field, or partnering with ground-breaking non-profit organizations; Nuru Kenya’s program managers are constantly reassessing and improving on the way we fight extreme poverty. By using the co-creation process and tapping into local leaders’ knowledge about the community, these poverty-fighting pioneers are changing the way we approach the problem of extreme poverty.

One of the key pillars of the Leadership Program is the idea of co-creation. The idea is simple: by working together and combining individual expertise, more innovative and lasting solutions can be developed. Each of these local leaders has a unique background and skillset that can be a valuable resource to other programs; thus, there is a need to extend our training series to better cater to the upper-level staff of Nuru Kenya.

After understanding that there was a need for stronger collaboration between Nuru Kenya’s amazing program managers, the Leadership team, led by Robert Kihara, began developing a training series, based on the co-creation method that would help equip the upper-level staff to adapt to future challenges. This training series, called Level 2 training, is an extension of our Level 1 training series, with modules focused on servant leadership, project management, and feedback at the managerial level. The culmination of these modules is our design summit- an intensive and collaborative training series and workshop that will help program managers strengthen their ability to design impactful, sustainable, and scalable programs. This training module simulates a wide-range of potential challenges and provides a forum where innovative solutions can be created, debated, analyzed and eventually, implemented. Given the track-record of innovation at Nuru, there is no doubt that this new training series will lead to more innovative solutions and contribute to the end of extreme poverty.