CHANGE IS NEVER EASY. Change takes time, energy, risk and the results are not guaranteed. It tests personal resolve and principles – where do you compromise and where do you hold the line?
So imagine trying to transform the housing market in Kenya to provide affordable homes for the 60% of Kenyans living on less than $2 per day in an economy troubled by corruption.
Grant Smith (CEO of the Hand In Hand Group) is a problem solver. When confronted with the desperate problems of poverty he tackled it the only way he knew how – through business and without compromising his principles. His goal remains to become the biggest housebuilder in Kenya making it possible for the lowest-income person to have access to quality homes and an asset. At the same time challenging other businesses to improve their working conditions and pay fair wages.
In this unique Grow interview, Grant will share his personal story, motivation and business insights to challenge and encourage us to think about how we can hold strong convictions and embrace change which creates a positive social impact.
“The Accidental Social Entrepreneur is a rallying call to all of us to strive for dignity, equality and justice for all; and a challenge not just to teach a person how to fish, but to equip them to buy the pond.”
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, CEO of Christian Aid
When: 6.00pm – 7.30pm; Tuesday 15th October 2019
Where: The Clink Cafe, Canada House, 3 Chepstow Street, Manchester. M1 5FW
Cost: Free. Light refreshments will be served.
Registration: Online booking essential
The Hand in Hand Group provides jobs for ordinary people so they don’t have to live without the bascis like water, electricity, and a secure dwelling. HIH Group has over 50 existing relationships with landowners developing projects from $750,000 to $70m which impact all spheres of society from schools, to churches and university developments, from education and training on HIV Aids and protecting street children.
About The Speaker
Grant Smith is a quantity surveyor who has worked with international construction companies and managed his own consultancy practice in the UK for over thirty years. Grant is now the CEO of Hand in Hand Group, chair of Hand in Hand Foundation and a director of a Kenyan construction company. He is professionally and personally committed to creating a commercial response to poverty. His recently published book Accidental Social Entrepreneur tells the story of his work with Hand In Hand. Grant is married to Sue, she’s a risk taker and without Sue there would be no Hand in Hand Group! Sue & Grant have three grown-up children.
GROW is part of the community support offered at Canada House for people who want to thrive in their work and do more good through their business. These events are not-for-profit and are curated by Ministry 2 Business.
Living or working in the city, with religious beliefs or none – all are welcome.
For more information contact: Pete Horlock
Book Cover: https://muddypearl.com/books/the-accidental-social-entrepreneur/
Grant Smith: https://www.licc.org.uk/events/social-entrepreneurship/grant-smith-web/
Event Price: Free