Hello, Tomorrow – Hello, More Health

What is the purpose of my work? Many employees are now asking themselves this question. It's no longer just about earning money; people like Dominik Barnichon want to see meaning in their jobs. As Corporate Operational Senior Auditor at Boehringer Ingelheim, his supervisor supported him in getting involved in Making More Health's new GOBIZ program. A chance Dominik accepted immediately.

Employees who care

Under the Hello Tomorrow* program, Making More Health (MMH) has launched the GOBIZ program in May of this year. In this program, Boehringer Ingelheim employees train the local MMH community (farmers, women, and men who set up microenterprises, people with albinism) in Bungoma County, Western Kenya, on essential business topics. Dominik, for example, helped in a first training unit to develop a business plan and demonstrated the single steps in a very "hands-on" subject to the local community: "I had no experience with chicken farming before," says Dominik. "But the principle of how to build a successful business remains the same." 

Asking different questions

Dominik started the series of eight virtual GOBIZ training sessions. About 20 community members from Bungoma County took part in this training based on a train-the-trainer approach. In the meantime, similar GOBIZ training has been started with other community groups in Bungoma County and Eldoret. "Our local NGO partners help to organize these sessions locally in one of our MMH centers and make sure that the people who participate feel also welcome and confident with the training sessions," explains Manuela Pastore, Global Head of Making More Health Community Activation. Trust is key. And at the same time, this employee engagement is also a huge learning on our site. It's about empathy, leadership, diversity and listening well to each other." As Dominik stated: "It's not useful if I teach them how to set up a business here in Germany. It's different in Kenya, so first, I have to understand the needs and the community's culture. Only then will the training be successful. It's about doing business in a different environment, and it is about asking questions that generally are not part of "our" business world." 

Simple solutions for significant impact

The feedback from the community has been overwhelming. Participants asked lots of questions and had great ideas on how to implement the training.

"I appreciate this training a lot. I had no chance to learn so much about business in my life. This has given me more light on how to plan for my goods – eggs and chicken- , how to market them, how to look for a market. I'm growing, and I thank you so much. I want to know much more.", says Joseph, a participant of the people with albinism community.

"We usually think much too complicated," so Dominik. "There are simple solutions for many things, but we from the traditional business world are not used to think outside this 'box.' So, I was able to learn a lot through this training, which also allows me to look at my work differently."

In the next step, Dominik would like to work directly on-site with the community: "I am glad to work in an environment that supports these activities and social intrapreneurship."

In the coming weeks, we plan to conduct additional modules with various employees as part of the GOBIZ program. So stay tuned for further updates. 

 

*The HelloTomorrow Program consists of three different projects: 

Health4you: Training on essential health topics and medical education

GOBIZ: business training about business start-up and income generation

DIKE: Technical training on IT and software

Through different modules, employees train the MMH community in Western Kenya. This is to ensure a sustainable approach that supports the participants holistically.