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United Destiny Shapers (UDS) Community

11 October 2022 | Member Stories

Catalyst 2030 member Good Folks

United Destiny Shapers (UDS) is a Kenyan community-led initiative of passionate youths and community members, who have skills in human rights, community development, social environment, integrated agriculture, water/hygiene, national resource management and HIV/ AIDS. The organisation was formed to empower marginalised, vulnerable groups, individuals and households through networks and linkages to the government and other like-minded organisations. UDS CBO operates in Nyalenda informal Settlement in Kisumu County in Kenya. It was registered in 2017 and is run by 15 volunteers.

Sustainable Development Goals targeted

SDG 1 No Povery SDG 2 Zero Hunger SDG 5 Gender Equality SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities SDG 13 Climate action SDG 17 Partnerships for the goals

Social entrepreneurs are known for finding solutions for society’s problems. What is the problem that you are addressing, and what is your solution?

The problems UDS is addressing include food insecurity, climate change, poor sanitation, unemployment and financial instability. Our mission is to enhance sustainable community growth and development through training, linkages and enterprise development. We are also promoting the group among the youth, women, people with disabilities, children and households. We aim to be the leading community-led and youth-founded organisation that fosters socio-economic growth among vulnerable communities.

What do you see as the benefit of your Catalyst 2030 membership?

We are learning from each other and building networks.

Are you collaborating with any other Catalyst 2030 members?

Yes. We are working with Fresh Life Company, Shofco, Plan International, Purpose, DSW, FAO, Practical Action and Zana Africa

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