Leap of Faith
Evans Barasa – Owner Gwanso ICT Centre (Sigalagala)
I was working as a Social Development Assistant. The idea of starting a cyber cafe was born when I tried to get a copy of the certificate that I needed for an application I was making and had to travel for 16 kilometres to the nearest town to get it. This made me realize what benefit the community will get from having a cyber around. Gwanso ICT Centre offers photocopying, internet services, design and ICT training lessons. After a while, I realised there was a great opportunity in design work as many people would constantly ask for birthday cards. funeral programmes and a lot of wedding photographs that needed editing. A search for a college to achieve digital design skills was an uphill task as the local colleges did not have the capacity and travelling to Kakamega the nearest town was not a possibility plus the cost was too high.
I came across a dijITali post on Facebook and fell in love with it, and I thought “why not try it” Being part of the dijITali network has helped me gain skills in design, e-government customer relations, and other business partnership offers. Even when I was looking to get a more advanced printer, dijITali came through and now my clientele and revenue have increased. Today, I am the showstopper in our community when it comes to any service anyone wants in the digital spectrum.
I consider myself very lucky, being a young entrepreneur who had the opportunity to find a partner who has my great interest at heart. I owe everything to the dijITali network for moulding and making me who I am today in the business world. For those who are facing similar challenges as I had, I would say, stress no more, dijITali is the place to be.