Monday, January 16, 2017

My First Job

As much as there are limited numbers of job offers the fact is, someone this year will be taking their first leap into a new job either in the informal (“jua kali sector”) or formal sector (white collar). The questions are; how did you feel when you started your new job?

How did you handle your finances, visa vie your ever growing wish list when you weren't employed? These are mind boggling questions in this fast world where people want to acquire more and money isn't an exception. Looking at my diary reflecting back when I got my first job in 2013,

I had strategies and philosophies that shielded me from derailing from the desires when I didn't have a job and apparently I still do cherish these values.

I hope by sharing these notes it might help you in defining your financial compass by handling hundreds, thousand and millions.

Ten Magnetic Side Of Money, Finding Your True North. 

  1. Have a saving strategy in place even if you aren't employed. Start the implementation immediately once you get the job. 
  2. Treating yourself doesn't mean spending the entire first salary with friends at parties, for any bad habit there was a starting point. 
  3.  Live within your means doesn't also mean rapid scalability in terms of material gains and living big without any sustainability plans. 
  4. Empower people around you while education and business are routes to consider for those who are interested. 
  5. Set financial goals with both a minimal and highest salary you can get. Be realistic when setting the net and gross salary versus what you can deliver. 
  6. Think of the transition from the start, for example, employee to self employment, savings to investment, personal project to community project. 
  7. Increase your self worth by investing in continuing learning. There are many sources of learning for example online education which allows you to set your own speed and environment. 
  8. Do what you love and never stop. A little caution won't hurt when you make job transitions based on finances. 
  9. Buy what you NEED than what you WANT. For example, having 15 pair of shoes that costs keys 5000 each might be a liability to you. You can only put one shoe at a time. 
  10. Don't work for money let your money work for you. 

#Friendship101 #Resolutions101 "You rather be with a few friends who will make things happen than to have more than a hundred friends full of ideas and that is it."  ~ Wilson Masaka

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Spirit Of A Doer

#DoersCommunity A time like this, last year!

 I planned to do some activities over the festive season under Wilsen Initiative (Wi). I'm proud there were good learning lessons (success vs. failures) to do even better this year but in general it was above the pass mark.

 #CelebratingSmallBigWins 1%Ideas 99% Action 

Our philosophy at Inspire : Connect : Educate

Achievements 2016
  •  Art workshop for children between 12 - 16 years 
  •  Document video for the children workshop. My Country, My future Coming soon...
  • Coordinated the Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament for senior teams 5th edition. 
  • Coordinated the first edition of Mathare North Festive Season Tournament for U12 and U 14.
  • Shared my technical skills with women aspirants for the 2017 elections. How to use social medial effectively. 

Among others, thanks to all that supported me in the implementation of the activities, mission and dreams Wilsen Initiative

The Spirit Of A Doer 
  1. Take time to plan - This means see the event happening before even it kicks off, the BIG picture, brainstorm alone, brainstorm in a team. 
  2. Choose your dream team carefully. This are people with time, energy, interest and are passionate they will work and walk with you the extra miles.
  3. You will have to make SACRIFICE - define it! 
  4. Say it and Do It. 
  5. Have an open mind to learn and adjust the original plan. 
  6.  Enjoy the moment and don't forget to document. 
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Unsung Hero - Made in Mathare Slum

David Mbuthia Mwangi (Identity) was born in a family of seven and was introduced to the photography world in 1997 by Lana Wong (An experienced photojournalist) based in America while working as a volunteer in a project known as ShootBack in Nairobi, Kenya.

Over the years, his photos have been in various exhibitions in the world for example Grass root upgrade-reflection on Nairobi Eastland’s photo exhibition in 2012 and Shootback book London gallery in 1999. The current award he won was in Connect 4climate for change organized by World Bank in 2011 in Durban in South Africa at UN conference and Professional Photographer’ category of the 2014 IMF Africa Rising Youth Photography contest at Mozambique.

For last 20 years he has been doing documentary and artistic photography in Mathare slums and it environs. David Mbuthia has worked as a volunteer at slum-TV an organization working in Mathare area from 2006-2015. Recent he has won "#IchangeKenya that was organized by Play Ground, Stockholm, Sweden 2016 in Kenya and Evaluation Week by Development Bank of Africa 2016, Ivory Coast and his photo was shortlisted for Commonwealth Photography of the Year announcement 2016 His dream is to start a foundation that will teach photography and Videography to children in the slums.

This will empower the children with skills that they can utilize in future to tell their own story in their own words and he is also planning to participate in a charity run and to use the proceeds to fund this dream foundation. He would also want to host a solo photo exhibition about his work and to publish a book about his story/photo book about his works. His career path of becoming an artistic professional photographer.

 Photo credits: Wilson Masaka Latest award 2016 – evaluation week. 

 Links to some of his stories / work;

Contact: David Mbuthia | email: |

Mores stories you will be getting from Wilsen Initiative (Wi) whereby we give upcoming artist’s a voice to make a positive impact in their community by inspiring others while they work on their journey of becoming champions.

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