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When we began the second iteration of the Khafra Community (KC) Cohort last October, our goal was simple: We wanted to provide a 3-month strategy and development incubator for Bay Area small businesses and nonprofits, completely free of charge.

And we did just that. Plus, a little more.

khafra community cohort fall 2017

Our traditional work with small business entrepreneurs usually focuses on one-on-one brand strategy and implementation. However our second iteration of Khafra Cohort allowed us to create brave communal space, fostering connection and thought partnership for entrepreneurs who too often find themselves making some of their most important decisions alone.

 SOL Development founding member Felicia Gangloff-Bailey with SOL Development manager BJ McBride

SOL Development founding member Felicia Gangloff-Bailey with SOL Development manager BJ McBride

Our Fall 2017 cohort included: Qulture Collective, Roots Community Health Center, Roots Healing, and SoL DeVeloPMeNT - all POC and (most) women-led organizations located in Oakland. We met with folks in five group sessions to outline their larger strategies, discuss the importance of message development, and identify ways to build internal capacity and hold themselves accountable. We even connected our cohort members with a team of mentors skilled in legal analysis, finance, strategic planning, movement-building, and more.  

 Show & Tell, Qulture Collective, and Black & Brown Ballet owner Alyah Baker with SOL Development founding member, Karega Bailey

Show & Tell, Qulture Collective, and Black & Brown Ballet owner Alyah Baker with SOL Development founding member, Karega Bailey

To our surprise, each of these organizations were committed to healing of some sort, and used this core value to connect deeply with one another throughout the process.

Below, we share some cherished insights from last fall’s group.

The next KC Cohort begins this May!


On deciding to join the Khafra Community Cohort:

I am in a transitional phase for all of the different projects. So, I was looking for a space to think about my overall goal. And how to align them in a way that makes sense.
— Alyah
Two things. One is I’m at this juncture where I’m ready to take Roots Healing to a bigger, larger audience. Knowing that I needed help in making that visualization come to life. Two, because I really admire khoLi. and I knew she would bring together some phenomenal and intelligent people of color.
— Minerva
Our Executive Director, Dr. Noha, signed us up. She thought it would be good for us because our communications strategy and messaging has not been solidified in the past. We didn’t have a strong voice. She felt that we could use the assistance.
— Y'lonn
 Roots Healing founder Minerva Arias with Alyah Baker

Roots Healing founder Minerva Arias with Alyah Baker

On how KC Cohort has transformed their visions and goals:

The biggest thing is taking the time to actually look at the grand vision and write down all of the different moving parts. Figuring out what I already have, pieces missing to get me closer to this bigger vision - a balanced life with all of these projects without feeling stressed. Where there are overlaps for areas of efficiency and where I need help. That was helpful.
— Alyah
It got us back into a pretty solid groove. From us doing the meetings on a regular basis, it helped me identify that the band needed to be checking in on a weekly basis. So we started doing that, we got on slack to check in with each other on the progress of things we wanted to accomplish. It helped the whole crew get on a routine. So that really has helped this month to solidify some things before our next release.
— BJ
It’s had a really huge affect on the way I view the content I put out and the questions I ask myself before. The purpose, why is it important, who is it important to? KC Cohort has helped me to take a step back and really think about my messaging and branding. And even for myself personally, it brought about a lot of personal growth.
— Y'lonn
 Roots Community Health Clinic Policy & Public Affairs Manager Y'lonn Burris

Roots Community Health Clinic Policy & Public Affairs Manager Y'lonn Burris

On the unique experience of going through the program with a cohort of healers.

It was an affirmation, it let us know that we were on the same route. When you bring together a group where they’re all pushing towards the same things, it shows there is healing to be done in our community.
— BJ
When we had our cohort meetings, it’s made it more fruitful because we already have the same baseline. We all want to have our communities find freedom in the different avenues we all offer. We know there are different roads on the journey toward freedom and healing. So we’re like “You’re doing this, have you thought about this?: And offering each other ideas from an outside perspective, but also as someone who gets it.
— Minerva
It broadened my perspective of how we need to collaborate more as community. We say we’re whole health. We do focus on that but there are other aspects of whole health: music, yoga. So many ways to heal a community.
— Y'lonn
 SOL Development

SOL Development

On the biggest takeaways from the KC Cohort?

So many! A major one for me personally was my first convo with the lawyer mentor in which she really pushed me out of my bubble of naivety. She was like ‘Think of the worst case scenario, and how do you protect yourself.’ Having disclaimers and having an eye opening experience in how to protect myself in the long run …
— Minerva
I really enjoy the mentor sessions. I think that those are really helpful. To get a chance to build with someone with a very high level of expertise. We haven’t touched everyone, but the ones we talked to were very helpful.
— BJ
It’s really important to take the time to make strategic plans for your business. We’re so used to planning and going after something but sometimes we get so fixated on one thing that we think that’s where we should put all the energy and not thinking if there are other priorities to focus on. To get clear on what story you’d like to tell and think of the pieces you need to put in place to move that forward.
— Alyah
 Khafra Community Cohort, Fall 2017

Khafra Community Cohort, Fall 2017

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