Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own business? Handle the accounting, supplies, advertisements, and sales? Much less…at age 18?

Well today the Kenya Project Team discussed just that at Marymount’s Student Research Conference in Caruther’s Hall. My group conveyed last semester’s project on selling Kenyan crafts to the Marymount Community. In a nutshell, the Masaai Made project is an initiative to raise money for the Masaai tribe, started by Dean Ryerson with the help of Jonah Lekiliara, a grad student of Kenya.

L to R: Jonah, me!, Liz, Ginnefine, & Nastacia

I’m honored to have worked with such dedicated students. Each of us played a role in what started as a small startup but ended up becoming a huge presence at Marymount. It’s great to see the students walking around showing off their products!

We didn’t really do much during the spring semester but Dean Ryerson has some big plans for the group for the upcoming future. We’re all students in the School of Business (except for Ginnefine, who is a graphic design major that helped with the advertisements) and we’re hoping to attract more dedicated individuals who can help shape this into an even bigger presence at Marymount (and who knows, maybe even the world, ha).

Anyways, I do not know the full details about what’s in store, but I do know that if you’re interested, we’d love to have you join. We’re looking for enthusiastic and creative, critical thinkers who will spearhead the fall semester. If you’re interested, shoot Dean Ryerson an e-mail because I know he’d love to continue this opportunity for Marymount to open themselves to other cultures and at the same time learn of the nuts and bolts behind a simple business. Additionally, getting involved with the Maasai Made: Kenya Project will give future business students an inkling of what to expect at Marymount’s School of Business.

However, if you aren’t that experienced in the business setting, or are a freshman, don’t hesitate to join. I’m a freshman and the upperclassmen definitely took me under their wing and that really helped me form an idea of how to be a part of a business. Basically you’re a mind for molding, so if you start in the beginning, imagine what it would be like when you’re a senior with the history of the Kenya Project!

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