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Taldeya foundation

In June 2021, the Taldeya Foundation was established: Talent Development Young Africa. Taldeya’s general goals are to: reduce poverty, develop young people’s personal strengths, talents, and professional skills, support in creating a living and strengthen communities.

Current projects

Youth Led Change Making – Yes Challenge

Encouraging young entrepreneurship and personal strength

In 2023 Taldeya will focus on a project in Zimbabwe for young entrepreneurship: ‘Youth-led Change’. The project takes place in Chitungwiza Urban, about 40 km from Harare City.

Taldeya will partner with ‘The Work Under The Tree Trust’ in Zimbabwe and with ‘Yesfoundersfoundation’ Germany, Thomas Jakel. We will build upon their common experiences with Youth-led change making and Yes-challenges gained in recent years. This model is based on the philosophy of Ali Raza Khan, a social entrepreneur who has stimulated many young people all over the world to use their power and creativity and become leaders.

The goals we formulated with our partner organization in Zimbabwe ‘Work Under The Tree Trust’ for ‘Youth-led Change’ are:

  • Supporting young people in reaching their full potential in nurturing talents and positive self-esteem.
  • Establishing a correlation between positive attitude and employment creation
  • Capacitating young people with relevant experience in business skills and entrepreneurship
  • Eradicating poverty through creating financial independence in young adults
  • Educating young adults on drug and substance abuse and its negative effects and encourage them to make healthy choices.

Youth Led Change Making – Yes Challenge
‘Young people get a few dollars to start a project, build an income and learn that they can change their world.’

A Yes-challenge is a competition for youth groups and is a changemaking challenge. Besides income generation, the challenge creates a business minded generation with adaptation skills in difficult environments. To increase their resilience the groups are supported in their mental well-being.

How does a Yes-challenge work?
The Yes-Challenge is Youth-led. Small teams of youths start with level 1. Within as little as a week, young people come up with ideas and use a small investment to launch a project and make a profit. They start activities like repairing bikes, selling vegetables, building bricks etc. When they manage to make a profit, they return the received funds as agreed, which is a trust-based investment. The teams continue to level 2 and with a higher amount they can develop their project. Each team receives personal coaching, guidance and support in realizing their idea, tackling any challenges and implementing their project.

We provide a learning environment for the participants in which they develop and strengthen their talents and abilities, their self-confidence and creativity.

The participants create opportunities for themselves and others, emerge empowered and with a new skillset.

>> A blog of a recent Yes Challenge <<

Experiences from earlier Challenges, youth-led changemaking activities

The biggest achievement of the youth in the eyes of the facilitator:

  • “This challenge brought more diversity in the types of businesses of the young people.
    One group changed from selling bread to brick molding and they are expanding their business.
    ‘The Brick Boys’ are now serving the community with concrete bricks to build their houses.”

Feedback of the youth regarding their experience.

  • “We are so grateful for this challenge. It has taught us a lot of lessons, like trustworthiness, to fight our fears, bookkeeping and above all to take account of all finances each day.”
  • “Using social platforms makes my business stronger. I advertise the clothes I want to sell on facebook, tiktok and whatsapp.
    At first I was worried who was going to buy my products and how I was going to handle the business without a shop.
    But I have learned a lot from my coaches to find out what works. I learned that nothing can stop you from doing a business if you are willing to take the risk.
    I make much profit, because a customer is clear about what product and quality he wants and is happy that I make sure it will be delivered in time. “

In early 2023, the first Challenge started with 10 teams. The costs for a Challenge have been approximately €1400. After the first round 15 teams have started, 45 participants. The teams return the Trust Based Investment after every level. When they meet certain conditions (profit, clients, week reports) a team can start the next Level and receives a higher amount to invest.
The costs for 3 levels for 15 teams are about $2550,-  We have organized 5 Challenges this far. The availability of funds will determine how many Challenges we can organize in 2023.

In this video Thomas tells more about ‘Youth Led Change Making’ and its Original philosophy from Ali Raza Kan:

Results of Youth Led Change


Small business tailor-made clothes
One team started sewing clothes from beautiful fabrics. The teamleader Meza used her sewing skills.The clothes were in high demand.

In Level 3, this woman was able to rent a workshop and buy a second sewing machine. The number of customers grew rapidly and with this her income. She has established a successful small business now. 

Started a shop
One group had nothing to start from and when they got the Trust based investment , they started to buy little bottles of perfumes selling door to door and later on during the challenge as they reached level 3 ,they had established a small corner in the market , where they are now still selling big bottles of perfumes , the group leader Shanty is now the storekeeper of the shop.

Small business on line 
Team leader Ropafadzo started buying and selling clothing and accessories and along the way she then started a social media platform where she sells her clothing range on social media like Whatsapp and Facebook. She sends it to her customers. The group has a wide range of customers all-over the country now.

Recently rounded up projects

Project: ‘From Home to Home’

Community Childrens Home Ligusa has reunited 83 children with family by the end of 2021 and in 2022 the remaining 60 children moved from the orphanage and have been connected to and included in a secure family. Poverty is reduced by strengthening families.

Families had counseling and training in Family-based care and training in horticulture and chicken keeping. They learn from each other in Community groups and by collaborating.

Children belong to a family and the community and grow up in a loving environment, there is food for all through rich harvests and together with the eggs laid by the received chickens a welcome addition to the diet and income.

Harvest Plus Kenya has offered Ligusa crops with improved nutritional value: orange sweet potato with vitamin A and beans with extra iron and zinc. The gardeners save some of the harvest and pass it on to sow/plant in the next growing season.
As a result of all these interventions, the community becomes self-sufficient. In a year and a half, the health and well-being of families and communities has improved greatly.

Around 1998 there was a high death rate from AIDS in the region of Nyakach in Kenya. Home Ligusa was opened at this time to support vulnerable children, many of them were orphaned.

Based on the awareness that growing up in a family helps children develop a stronger sense of self-esteem, “belonging” and their own identity, the Home was phased down.
The process of counseling families continues and supports the development of the children.  All children go to school.

By providing family-based and community-based care to the large, extended families, a total of as many as 1200 people benefit from these programs.


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Project: ‘Cycling Home’

Counselors on bikes (2021)

The 7 counselors of the ‘Home to Home’ project visited families in the region and walked long distances daily or take a moped cab. With contributions from many Dutch cyclists and in cooperation with Cycling out of Poverty (CooP), the Taldeya Foundation was able to provide seven bicycles to the team of social workers/counselors in December 2021. They notice that the bicycle really makes a difference to their work. They can visit more families. And they feel more energized. As a result, the motivation of the team has increased tremendously.

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Stichting Taldeya
Driebergen, The Netherlands

Taldeya Foundation was founded by Margriet Schut and Cees Sprenger. Margriet and Cees worked with the NGO Pamoja for a period of 3 years with youth and teachers from 15 schools in Awasi-Kisumu area, Kenya. Important themes were empowerment, life skills and talent development.

We then visited Home Ligusa and were impressed by the loving care of children. A few years later, we established contact and closely followed the developments of the community. Ligusa was the reason for founding Taldeya. As a foundation, we supported Ligusa in phasing down the home.

By the end of 2022, our partner organization Ligusa Foundation, with Fabian Ananga in the lead as director of a Community Based Organisation, united all 143 children with a safe, loving family. The families have become self-sufficient with training and a starter kit of seeds and chickens.

In 2023 we embarked on support for a project in Zimbabwe. This time our partner organisation is The Work Under The Tree Trust Foundation and its initiator Moud Chinembiri, certified coach and active in advocating for women’s rights and equal treatment of people living with HIV. Margriet knows her from the network of The Work.

The motto in the Changemaking process of youth is: Wakakosha: You are Worth it.

More information


Chairman: Margriet Schut
Secretary: Cees Sprenger
Treasurer: Esther van der Wardt

The board members receive no remuneration for the work they do for Taldeya Foundation.
They do receive compensation for expenses incurred. They submit a declaration for this and are reimbursed 1:1.

Stichting Taldeya (Talent Development Young Africa) – Driebergen – NL06 TRIO 0320 2881 10 – KVK 82953740 – RSIN 862668815