Afrika Handmade symposium

Alongside the popup exhibition, we host an annual sector forum called Afrika Handmade symposium. This event presents an opportunity for practitioners to exchange ideas, soak in inspiration and discover opportunities to grow their enterprises.

Date: 28 February 2018
Venue: Village Market rooftop parking (at the small gallery opposite Shivaz Veterinary clinic)
Time: 8.30 – 5pm

8.30 – 9am Arrival and introductions

9 – 9.45 Florence Kimata
Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Head SME Desk
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives

Florence will be making a presentation on the National Export Development and Promotion Strategy which targets the artisan and design sector as one of its priority areas. She will also take us through a mapping exercise of the relevant government agencies we (as a sector) should be engaging with and how to effectively identify and tap into existing opportunities.

9.45 – 10.30 Adam Withey
Owner, Banana Box

With 27 years of experience running four fully fledged retail stores, there are fewer people who have such powerful insights into the artisan and design sector. Adam has been exploring product categories that remain unexplored but that carry massive potential. He will be taking us through what both domestic and international customers are asking for (and not getting) and why your price:value ratio is the most important consideration for a customer.

10.30 – 11 Coffee break

11 – 11.45 Maggie and Monique
Co-owners, African Classics Ltd

These two ladies recently accomplished a herculean feat by buying out another company – lock, stock and barrel. They will be taking us through what it means to grow your company to the point where it is an attractive proposition to a prospecting buyer. They will also share the challenges they had in accessing the necessary capital, how they managed to streamline their operations after the buyout and what the move means to the growth of their company.

11.45 – 12.30 Pepe Shaw
Owner, Krafty Artz

Marking 10 years in business, there is not much Pepe can’t talk about- from cultivating staff loyalty to managing cash flow. Based in Nakuru and employing 50 artisans on a full time basis, Krafty Artz is easily one of the most successful companies in the sector.

But Pepe also admits that it has not been a walk in the park and she has prepared a powerful and candid presentation that will give you insights into the factors that have propelled her success.

12.30 – 2pm lunch break

2 – 2.45 Jazeera Suwani
Owner, Say it with Chocolate

Starting out in her kitchen, Jazeera has recently opened the doors to a fully fledged factory located in the eastern part of Nairobi. The company that started out experimenting with 2 chocolate bars in 2016 now boasts 52 flavours and an enviable client base.

Jazeera’s presentation will focus on the decisions that led her to take on global confectionery brands, her competitive pricing model and why doing something everyday that brings you closer to your goal is the biggest difference between average and extraordinary.

2.45 – 3.30 Patricia Okelo
Owner, Willart Productions & author, A Candid Handbook for Women Doing Business in Kenya

How does your business make money? Are you relying on one source of income? One secret of successful entrepreneurs is that they magnify their wealth by multiplying their income streams.

If you’re a small business owner; you may be thinking the word “diversify” only applies to big business. You may be thinking that you already have too much to do. You may be thinking: “That’s something I’ll worry about in the future.”

But Patricia believes that the best time to diversify is now. Speaking from her experience as a serial entrepreneur, she will share on why working on your business – rather than in it – is the key differentiator between a struggling creative entrepreneur and a successful one.

3.30 – 4 Coffee break

4.00 – 4.45 Sophie Otiende
Summit secretariat, Trade+Impact

Partnering with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives and AWEP Kenya, Kenya will be playing host to an international gathering of artisans, buyers and media during the Trade+Impact expo and summit. The event – slated for September 2018 –  presents a remarkable opportunity for women-led enterprises within the artisan and design sector (including natural cosmetics) to access international markets and create global networks. Get the scoop on the event and pre register at a specially discounted rate (only for symposium attendees).

4.45 – 5 Closing