Entrepreneurship Workshop Update

Start Your Own Business Workshop

October 2nd, 2011, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Delhi Darbaar

The EEC organised its first ever Entrepreneurship Workshop on the 2nd of October at Delhi Darbaar. The day long workshop featured three prominent and successful entrepreneurs of our community; Br Munir Bharwani, Br Murtaza Nasser and Br Sheni Bandali. The workshop was hosted by Br Munir Bharwani who was also the key note speaker for the day.


The workshop started off with introductions of the participants and speakers over coffee and light snacks. After a quick summary on how the workshop will progress through the day, Br Murtaza Nasser started his presentation.

Br Murtaza covered the importance of record keeping and accounting in the success of a business.  A special emphasis was placed on service-oriented businesses. He also talked about how an entrepreneur can have a healthy work-life-religion balance in his/her life and its importance in the success of the entrepreneur and his/her business. Part of the presentation covered a motivational talk on perseverance and determination being the key to individual and societal success with examples from his earlier years. Br Murtaza’s presentation was very valuable to participants regardless of how far they were from starting up a business.

After the presentation there was a Q&A session where participants got to put forward their queries on the presentation and any other entrepreneurship related topics. As the Q&A drew to a close, participants were asked to write down their reasons for wanting to become entrepreneurs and the driving forces behind this choice.

There was quick coffee break followed by Br Sheni Bandali’s presentation. Br Sheni‘s presentation focused on the importance of adapting to change. He drew examples from his own business venture that he started from scratch and the reasons for its huge success. He also covered the importance of market research and creating a customer orientated environment in the business. The whole focus of this presentation was on the practical day to day managing of the business venture especially from a manufacturing industry point of view.

A Q&A session was held after the presentation where Br Sheni answered many questions participants had on the practical side of starting up and managing a business venture. As the Q&A drew to a close, the buffet lunch was being set up. Participants then took a lunch and prayer break, where after Salaah, a scrumptious buffet lunch was served. The lunch was a great opportunity for participants to network with each other and to get some one on one time with speakers.

After lunch, Br Munir began his presentation with a “carve out your future” assignment where participants were asked to picture what they wanted their life to be like in 2064 and how they were going to spend the next 52 years to make sure they got there. They were asked to carve out a career path that would lead them to the success they seek.

The rest of the presentation by Br Munir was just as interactive and hands on as the beginning. He went on to discuss entrepreneurial possibilities and business environment out there in Dar es Salaam and also Tanzania as a whole. Br Munir also spent a large portion of his presentation focusing on business plans and planning out entrepreneurial ventures. The key point brought up in each presentation throughout the day was “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” so Br Munir spent some time discussing how planning should take place.

The workshop ended with a closing speech from the chairman of the EEC, Br Hussein Dharsee who thanked everyone for making the workshop a success. He also went on to offer the EEC’s services to all participants throughout the course of their future entrepreneurial ventures.

The workshop was a huge success and the feedback received from participants and speakers was tremendous. The EEC would like to take this opportunity to thank the speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules and volunteering to help make this event successful. The EEC would also like to thank all participants for their high level of participation and enthusiasm during the workshop.



Start your own business! Entrepreneurship Workshop

The Economic Empowerment Committee of KSIJ Dar es Salaam is organizing an Entrepreneurship Workshop for rising young entrepreneurs who would like to develop their entrepreneurial skills and cultivate new ideas.

The workshop will be conducted by Al-Hajj Munir Bharwani.  Munir Bharwani is a successful businessman who has had great success with many startup companies.  His businesses currently operate from all over East Africa and beyond.  This will be a hands on workshop that will result in participants developing a complete business plan.

The EEC has also identified potential Angel Investors.  Angel Investors are strategic investors who provide capital and guidance to startup companies in return for convertible debt or ownership equity.  Business plans from this workshop will be considered for submission and discussion with angel investors.  Don’t miss this chance to start your own business!

The workshop will cover:

  • How to prepare a winning Business Plan
  • Importance of Record Keeping
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Entrepreneurial Possibilities

Date: October 2nd, 2011

Time: 9 am to 4 pm (Lunch will be provided)

Location: Tabligh Auditorium

Price: Tshs. 30,000/= per person

Participants: Male and Female participants will be considered between the age of 25 – 35 years of age.

ONLY 20 seats available! Email us NOW on eec@ksijdar.org to register.  Please include a brief profile, CV and your complete contacts.  Applications will be screened for qualification.

EEC’s CV Writing Workshop

CV Writing and Interview Skills Workshop

September 11th, 2011, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Tabligh Auditorium

The EEC organised a CV writing and interview skills workshop on the 11th of September 2011 at the Tabligh auditorium. It was open to everyone in the community regardless of age or employment status. The workshop was conducted byof Genius Consulting, a consultant and trainer.

Prior to the workshop, each participant had to submit a copy of their current CV to the EEC, which was then passed on to Br Al-Junaid for review. This helped him prepare a tailor made workshop suitable to the participants’ needs and requirements. The workshop covered the types of CVs, how to write a CV, choice of wording, format of CV, basic interview questions etc. The workshop had a CV writing session where participants were asked to rewrite their CVs and compared them to their old CVs. The workshop also covered a constructive criticism session for the rewritten CVs. There was a refreshment break in between sessions where participants had the chance to network with other participants. The workshop ended at 1.30pm, an hour later than scheduled due to the length of the feedback session on the rewritten CVs.

The participant feedback on the workshop was astounding with every participant stating that they thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and gained a lot of valuable information that would help them in their job hunt. Many indicated that they were interested in attending workshops similar to this in the future. The EEC plans on regularly holding workshops similar to this one for members of the community.


Zaakatul Fitr

The DSM Jamaat requests all members to deposit all FITR contributions into the FITR boxes.  The boxes will be made available on Eid Night and during Eid Prayers clearly marked “FITR”.

Zaakatul Fitr funds are distributed by the Jamaat fairly and evenly between deserving families.  Distribution is done in advance to allow ample time and to ensure all funds are delivered before Zohr prayers on Eid day.

We request all members to channel their contribution through the Jamaat to ensure appropriate distribution to the deserving.


The Jamaat has recommended the following rates of FITR for Eid Ul Fitr 1432 AH

Pishori rice (grade 1)            Shs 10,500/- per person / 3 Kgs

Local rice                                 Shs 4,800/-   per person / 3 Kgs

VIP rice                                    Shs 4,500/-   per person / 3 Kgs

Wheat Flour                           Shs 3,900/-    per person / 3 Kgs

Dates (Ex Oman)                  Shs 10,500/-  per person / 3 Kgs

Dates (Ex Saudi Arabia)      Shs 12,000/-  per person / 3 Kgs

Social and Welfare Committee
Khoja Shia Ithnaasheri Jamaat – Dar es Salaam
24th Ramadhan, 1432
August 25th, 2011

China and India Trade Fair

The Economic Empowerment Committee is planning to coordinate group travel to the below trade fairs in China and India.  Take advantage of this opportunity to join experienced group leaders and other business people to gain insight and new ideas.  This is an excellent opportunity for both new and experienced business people.

Canton – China Fair (Oct. 15 – Nov. 4) 3 Phases

  • Phase 1 – building materials, hardware, spares and electronics (Oct 15 – 19)
  • Phase 2 – consumer goods, gifts, home decorations (Oct 23 – 27)
  • Phase 3 – Garments, Office Supplies, Medical and Food (Oct 31 – Nov 4th)

India Global Summit on MSMEs (Oct. 19 – 20, New Delhi)
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) jointly with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, is organizing the India Global Summit on MSMES on 19-20 October 2011, in New Delhi.

For more information, email the Economic Empowerment Committee at eec@ksijdar.org or contact Hussein Dharsee, Fazleabbas Dhirani, Mariam Meghji or Masuma Dhanji.

Economic Empowerment Committee
Khoja Shia Ithnaasheri Jamaat – Dar es Salaam

25th Ramadhan, 1432
August 26th, 2011

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