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Spice Chungu

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined January 2015
Presence in: Kenya

Spice Chungu is a training hub that equips underprivileged women participants from the marginalized of society with journalism skills, enabling them to apply ideas to different concepts, develop stories and personal narratives, use their imaginations to answer mind-boggling questions and come up with inventive ways to solve problems.

Our Vision
An open-minded society transformed by the creative and critical voice of the women
Our Mission

To train women in creative skills that fosters critical thinking

Our Concept
Through our experiential training, Spice Chungu walks participants through a spicy journey that empowers them with skills methods and ideas they need to catalyze social change in their communities.

Our Goal
Our focus is on videography, photography, poetry, documentary film, citizen journalism, digital media as well as community organizing. So we are striving to create a women hub that will bring together aspiring and established videographers, filmmakers, photographers,cartoonists, animators, creative designers, , as well as entrepreneurs and activists, to work,learn, and share in an atmosphere that inspires creativity with the aim of catalyzing social change.

People Associated With This Organization

Erick Matsanza

Spice Chungu
Joined January 2015
Interests: Citizenship
Spice Chungu is a training hub that equips underprivileged women participants from the marginalized of society with journalism skills, enabling them to apply ideas to different concepts, develop stories and personal narratives, use their imaginations to answer mind-boggling questions and come up with inventive ways to solve problems.


The founder, Erick Matsanza, a graduate of kanthari (www.kanthari.org) came to understand that a kanthari is avery spicy chili that grows in the backyards of India and does have a medicinal value, its then that he picked on a red chili which is a symbol of a red kanthari ready to fight for a world free from discrimination, negative attitudes or harmful norms through the provocation of mindset change in the community through advocacy. It is from this that the name “Spice Chungu” was coined. In Kenya we do not take chili to be spicy but we look at it as having a bitter taste or lack of a better word and directly translate from our local dialect as it is, ‘Chungu’ Swahili for ‘bitter’ hence “Spice Chungu”.At Spice Chungu, women from diverse backgrounds exploit their creative intellect to foster critical thinking for social change. This will be through the use of videography, photography, graphic art, independent and citizen journalism, music, poetry and theater as well as digital and social media as a means of civic expression and social action.


This is to be achieved through training sessions and diverse outreach initiatives geared towards catalyzing social change. We continue to identify, train, and equip a new generation of courageous women whose outlook will help reshape the media landscape in Kenya. We aim to impact the society positively through our programs.


At the heart of our undertaking is the improvement of the socioeconomic situation of women from underprivileged backgrounds. Also, for self-motivated women’s participation in our experiential training sessions and workshops leads to professional employment, and can spark fruitful self-employment.


Our Vision

An open-minded society transformed by the creative and critical voice of the women

Our Mission

To train women in creative skills that fosters critical thinking

Our Concept

Through our experiential training, Spice Chungu walks participants through a spicy journey that empowers them with skills methods and ideas they need to catalyze social change in their communities.


Our Goal

Our focus is on videography, photography, poetry, documentary film, citizen journalism, digital media as well as community organizing. So we are striving to create a women hub that will bring together aspiring and established videographers, filmmakers, photographers,cartoonists, animators, creative designers, , as well as entrepreneurs and activists, to work,learn, and share in an atmosphere that inspires creativity with the aim of catalyzing social change.
Erick Matsanza is the network champion (main point of contact) for Spice Chungu.

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