Employment

Souktel

Mohammad Kilany and Lana Hijazi are changing Middle Eastern labor markets and economies from opaque systems that exclude most job seekers, to transparent systems that empower all, by using simple and accessible mobile technology.

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Tiyatien Health is a Changemaker

Tiyatien Health, a winner in the Rethinking Mental Health competition, is treating the effects of decades of brutal war in Liberia by training non-doctor health workers and clinicians to work directly with citizens of one of the poorest countries on Earth. The founders are survivors of Liberia's civil war and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Tiyatien Health trained the first non-physicians to administer anti-retroviral therapy in Liberia,and provided the first-ever HIV/AIDS treatments in southeastern Liberia, the poorest corner of the country. Now it is expanding beyond providing public HIV/AIDS treatment to rural communities by working to reverse decades of untreated depression and epilepsy.

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Employment Creates Opportunity

To offer people with diverse abilities and seniors the opportunity through creation of sustainable local product and services providing competitive compensation while ensuring their full inclusion as vital and capable members of the community. To encourage local business to follow suit.

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Employment Creates Opportunity

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ECO Designs & Art Studio

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2015

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United States, CT, Portland

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United States, Portland

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To offer people with diverse abilities and seniors the opportunity through creation of sustainable local product and services providing competitive compensation while ensuring their full inclusion as vital and capable members of the community. To encourage local business to follow suit.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Retail, art & cultural sector fosters intellectual collaboration bridging diversity while improving a positive quality of life

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

hopelessness, self worth and boredom in seniors citizens lives. People with disabilities collecting state welfare in sheltered workshops not allowing them to live up to their potential or be a real present of society.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

cultural activities draws crowds as well as encourage advocacy. Providing a place to train people with diverse abilities to create sustainable local products and crafts to sell in a retail consignment setting and improving self esteem. Engage seniors in the retail store, the art studio with helping children create art, participating in art themed birthday parties for children, open mike nights fundraising events and community socializing, slaying the proven hopelessness, boredom and depression plaguing our seniors. Proceeds from events and the retail store will go to paying the employees real competitive wages reducing their need for state assistance and eventually getting them off of Social security disability assistance.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The state of Connecticut pays people with disabilities thousands of dollars a month to supplement their room and board living in group home while these individuals sit in a sheltered workshop all day which the state is also paying for. These are basically just adult day care facilities. Many of these individuals can work and provide an needed service in our community with proper training.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Department of Developmental Services employment coordinators from the state of Ct. They will partner me with Employees and material

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

filling the store with quality vendors. My plan is to market the store and it's mission through media and word of mouth

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Alternative Employment

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Graduate Empowerment Training

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2014

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For‐profit

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Nigeria, OG, Shagamu

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Nigeria, OG, Shagamu

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The incidence of unemployment in Nigeria in this 21st century is alarming.The rate keep on rising without any appreciable effort to cushion the effects.
Entrepreneurship capacity building in the form of vocational skills development in some profession will reduce the rate of unemployment.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Entrepreneurship capacity building in the form of vocational skills development.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Unemployment rate increased from 21.10percent in 2010 to 23.90percent in 2011 and a low record of 5.30percent in 2006.(N.B.S)
Moreover, Technical and Vocational education suffers from the perception that it is inferior and second tier option for youths with lower aspiration or lesser than general academic education provided by traditional four years universities.
Also, Pride, Ego and focus toward white collar jobs make the rate increase.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The International Labour Organisation in its recent appraisal of the world job situation urge member nations to create specific programme to engage the youth in vocational areas of automobile mechanic, Tailoring, Carpentry, Electrical Electronics among others.
Entrepreneurship capacity building in the form of vocational skills development in some professions that are took for granted such as Plumbing, Carpentry, Fridge repair, Phone and Computer repair among others shall be acquired by trainees.
In addition, after the successful completion of each programme with minimum of six months, certificate shall be awarded to every trainees. Certificate that is certified by the government.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The primary activities of the idea is to turn graduate from seeking employment to an employer of labour. Since educational qualifications does not guarantee good job,there is need for them to acquire some skills in some professions that are took for granted such as Plumbing, Carpentry, Fridge repair, Phone and Computer repair among others shall be acquired by trainees.. For instance, somebody that graduated as electrical engineer who can not fixed electrical bulb,let alone to do some wiring works, such person needs some skills apart from the qualifications.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The idea is centered on reducing the level of unemployment through acquisition of skills.After the entrepreneur capacity building, the first set of trainees will be link with their respective skill trainers as an apprentice and they will later become trainers for other trainees.
More so,project monitoring will be undertaken by the monitoring officer with the technical support of the administrative officer. Comprehensive reports of the trainees will be submitted to the administrative officer who will review these and take any necessary follow up.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The idea will be spread to other community after the pilot stage. there will be collaboration with government agencies who are saddle with the responsibility of youth employment and ministries of youth and sport will not be left out.
Also, certificate will be issue to the trainee after the completion of there training program. This will make the idea more pronounce and spread to other regions in the country.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

This trainees will be ask to pay token for the program and any work perform by them will be make public for buyer. Also,the training center will attract many individuals and companies who want there things to be repair and probably need new ones. In addition,there will be a collaboration with other organization who want their staff to acquire some skills and certain fees will be charge.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Unemployment has been identify as one of the socio security challenges many countries are facing. Although many policies were adopted by Government but efforts appear not to be making desire positive impact.
This trainees will be ask to pay token for the program and any work perform by them will be make public for buyer. Also,the training center will attract many individuals and companies who want there things to be repair and probably need new ones. In addition,there will be a collaboration with other organization who want their staff to acquire some skills.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

All thing is possible for him that believe.(Mark9vs23) In pursuing my dream as a young entrepreneur,it seems impossible after five years of joblessness. But the word of God rekindle my enthusiasm and re-energize my effort.
My cleaning services and waste management company was started with zero capital. No money for business card, fliers and other business stationery, but through the word of mouth marketing strategy things change for good. To my greatest surprise, the first person I had a conversation with was a church member who gave me a contact worth thousand of naira and that was my first capital to introduce into the business.
Since then, i have decided to help other youth to achieve their dreams.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Presently, I am working for the fulfilment of this great idea and my co workers shared my dream for the actualisation.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

The project was presented at a conference and I was honored with a medal.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Changemakers web site.

Tell us about your partnerships:

The intend partners are SMEDAN, NDE,NYSC and many others. They are organisations saddle with the responsibily of providing grant to small and medium enterprise and ensuring youth development through adequate training.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The possible challenges identify with the project are;
Transportation,willingness from trainers and attitude of the trainees,information,equipments and many others.
In order to minimse much risks,the proposed projecr has considered the need of capacity building of trainees,provision of right equipment for the trainees,cash incentives for the trainers and right information and accreditation by government agencies.

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Goldfinger Factory

An award-winning upcycling hub for the training, support and inspiration of some of London’s most disadvantaged, to create desirable furnishings and fit-outs for London’s trendsetters with a social conscience.

We are a factory for beautiful furnishings and a platform for beautiful life changes.

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Empowering Communities to Turn their Waste into Gold

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2012

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United Kingdom, KEC, London

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United Kingdom, KEC, London

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An award-winning upcycling hub for the training, support and inspiration of some of London’s most disadvantaged, to create desirable furnishings and fit-outs for London’s trendsetters with a social conscience.

We are a factory for beautiful furnishings and a platform for beautiful life changes.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if wasted resources, in both the form of materials and human potential could be empowered to build a better future for our communities?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Consumerism is destroying our planet - we don't need half of what we have so we throw away more than we should.
Capitalism is creating an ever wider gap between rich and poor - many people want to work but lack the training and opportunities to do so.
Many investors and governments want to ameliorate these effects but consumers won't buy something just because its eco, and donors want to see the money they give put to good long term benefit.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Goldfinger Factory empowers communities to turn waste into gold by creating beautiful objects and interiors for high-end clients which provides opportunities and support for people who enroll in our school.

Our products are made from things that would end up in landfill saving carbon and offering people an alternative to new that is beautiful with a positive social and environmental story as added value rather than the only value.

Our services give jobs to people who are being failed by the market and the government and give them a chance to help themselves

Our profit is shared between the people that do the work, the people that need the help and the investors that will allow us to scale our project.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Goldfinger Factory fuses a furniture showroom, a sustainable workshop, an upcycling school and a café. We provide skills training and assist people in gaining or returning to employment as well as offering designers, makers and craftspeople a platform to develop bespoke furniture, interiors and installations.
The Upcycling School is one of the main ways in which we engage with the community. We provide an opportunity for people to learn new and useful skills, from revamping old furniture and upcycling shoes to basic DIY skills and making your own homeware products from waste materials.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The focus in the first year has been to deliver short skill training sessions, between 1 and 3 hours, where participants learn a skill and are able to have the confidence to use those skills at home.
• We have delivered 23 upcycling/craft workshops from December 2013 to September 2014
• A total of 161 participants have attended – of these 36% were local residents (Kensington & Chelsea Borough)
• 10 of these workshops (with 73 participants) were provided completely free
• 8 of these workshops (with 37 participants) were run either free for local residents receiving government support, or at a very low cost
• Over 200 people have come to the Factory for a learning experience
• 66% of attendees have been female
- 100% of participants said they enjoyed the workshop.
- 100% of participants said they met new people
- 93% said it encouraged them to upcycle at home

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our target business model creates social and environmental value as an inbuilt part of the way it handles its profit &the processes it uses to make its product and services, and the nature of the product and services themselves.
This “3P” model (product, process, profit) places us at the leading edge of social enterprise thinking. The primary site, located underneath the iconic Trellick Tower in the joint most “deprived” ward in London (GLA, 2012) of North Kensington, is a case study for investors, customers, local authorities and not-for-profits for the making of a social franchise model.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We charge people according to means for the activities below

SHOP for furnishings and services with a positive story
BUILD beautiful interiors using our craftsmen and workshop
LEARN useful crafts and design skills in our school
ENJOY our community café and events
GIVE us your waste so we can make it useful again
SEE our impact and create PR around your project by using us
JOIN our membership and receive support based on means testing

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

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London Reuse Network - they received 3.8 million from the london government to do a similar project but on high volume, low margin trades, where as the Goldfinger Factory does high margin low volume trades. our founder helped set up the London Reuse Network and this project was developed from his experiences there from 2010.
Petit Miracles interiors has a very similar service model to us, and again our founder helped set up this successful charity project's current site in 2012 at the shopping center in Shepherd's bush. The only problem with this project is its location and facilities.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Having worked on the London Reuse Network, Petit Miracles and many other of London's fantastic reuse organisations, I realized that there was a chance to create an inner city workshop that would combine craftspeople and waste materials via a training hub to help disadvantaged people to learn skill that could in turn lead them to become successful craftspeople.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Shop Manager- Richard Powel, managed high end galleries and worked for a cabinet maker. he knows beautiful objects and can assist our craftsmen with his own skills

School Manager- Leena Patel, who worked for the biggest waste charity called waste watch as the engagement officer for schools and ran events all over London based on the themes of engaging young people in sustainability.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

We have won in order the largest award from the Kensington and Chelsea Corporate services innovation fund (150K), unltd fast growth award (20k), Comic relief Award (10K). John Lewis Community Matters Scheme award winner

Where have you learnt about the competition?

from Margot Mackay who works at Ashoka

Tell us about your partnerships:

we partner with the KandC which is the richest borough but also the home of the joint most deprived ward in London, North Kensington.
We also partner with axminster tools and festool who provide our trainees with the best equipment so they are introduced to excellence right from the start. We also partner with Peter Jones LLP and they have also become our client for our training services.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We are at a stage where we are just about to do our full launch in march. Our ability to reach new clients and gain recognition for our work will determine our success once we take on a full team of staff as currently we mainly run on volunteer time. We have successfully delivered projects for Westfeild Shopping center, John Lewis partnerhsip, Sir Robert Mc Apline, London fashion week and more, and every job we do pays fro free services to other local charity organisations at the same time as giving disadvantaged people jobs and training and saving materials from landfill.

Joomah

JooMah is a web and mobile recommendation engine focused on the Sub-Saharan Africa job placement market that will quickly connect job seekers with nearby relevant job opportunities and enable employers to efficiently and cost effectively receive and manage job applications.

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Specialisterne UK

We are seeking corporate public sector partners for the purpose of placing adults with autism into employment, mainly in IT related roles. Our clients benefit because these individuals possess unique skills, in an area where there is a skills shortage. Our candidates need support to find this work.

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Autism employment: Finding roles for people with unique skills.

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2013

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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

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We are seeking corporate public sector partners for the purpose of placing adults with autism into employment, mainly in IT related roles. Our clients benefit because these individuals possess unique skills, in an area where there is a skills shortage. Our candidates need support to find this work.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if an excluded group could find meaningful work, instead of relying on benefits, and live independent, self-sustaining lives?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The unemployemnt rate among individuals with autism is about 85% (according to the National Autistic Society). Without assistance in finding employment, as well as support once they've been placed into employment, this figure is unlikely to change. By placing them into meaningful roles, we can move these individuals into an independent and self-sustaining livelihood, and away from dependency on the benefits system.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Through the assistance and support we provide, these candidates are able to find work as well as receive support in the workplace environment. Our mission is to change the perception of people with autism, away from the common stereotype of their perceived disabilities (i.e. poor inter-personal and communications skills) and towards their super-abilities (i.e. keen analytical skills, and strengths in areas like pattern recognition, attention to detail, and intolerance for errors). By helping overcome barriers into employment, and providing support both for them, as well as autism awareness orientation for the employer, we are able to create self-sustaining employment for individuals who would otherwise depend on the benefit system.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A good example is a man named Thomas, our most recent placement. Thomas is 57 years old and was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as an adult. He had been unemployed for over 6 years, despite having strong technical skills, previous experiences, and a university degree. With our help, Thomas was able to secure a job as a software test analyst with EY. Along with assistance in finding employment, we also provide ongoing support to Thomas in his new work environment, and have also provided autism awareness training to his managers and colleagues, in order that they can provide direct day to day support for him as well. Our goal is to share the knowledge so that awareness of working with people with autism spreads organically within companies.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

We produced an impact report as part of our grant from Nominet Trust. In that we showed that we were able to assist over 20 individuals with autism into employment, with net present value of over £400,000 savings for the UK benefits system, due to the fact that these people would no longer be dependent on the benefit system, and instead would become contributors into that system. At the same time, for the individuals involved the impact has been tremendous in terms of their own well-being. The most important element of personal happiness is the ability to work and provide for oneself, something which people with autism are for the most part unable to do on their own. We help overcome this, and find meaningful employment. For the companies that hire our candidates, they benefit from obtaining skilled IT talent in an area where there is a severe skills shortage.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our goal is to now scale up what has been shown to be a viable model, both in terms of the social good that we achieve, as well as for the solid business logic behind our mission. Essentially we act as a specialist placement firm, matching up the unique talents of the candidates we recruit with the needs that firms have for their talents. At present we operate out of offices in London and Glasgow, and would like to expand our presence to other major locations (in particular in response to opportunities in Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh).

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Specialisterne UK has a very strong commercial imperative. We are set up in the UK as a registered charity topco (Specialisterne Foundation UK) with a trading subsidiary (Specialisterne Business Services Ltd) through which we manage most of our operations. While our goal for the business to become self-sufficient based on our client generated revenue, we could benefit immensely from external funding to help scale to the point of self-sufficiency.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, National government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are a number of local and regional autism employment agencies. Many of them are charities and bring a charity mindset to this problem. Our focus is very much on treating this social need more as a business problem. Like standard placement firms who focus on the neurotypical population, we see a viable business model in matching IT talent with organisations who require that talent, and are willing to invest in obtaining it. We also benefit from the fact that we are part of a global network of other Specialisterne operations, now operating in 14 countries worldwide.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The founder of the original Specialisterne operation founded the company shortly after discovering that his son had autism. He began investigating the problems associated with autism, and quickly found that, while there was a growing amount of support for people with autism during their school years, once they reached adulthood this basically came to a halt. As a result, he then found that, despite the unique and advanced skills that many people with autism possessed, 85% were unemployed. He recognised a void in society and in the marketplace that needed to be filled, and so began Specialisterne.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Tom Brundage - General Manager (full-time); 20 years experience in sales, marketing & business development in the IT sector.
Laura Priestley - Operations Manager & Autism Consultant (part-time); 17 years experience in the field of autism.
Steven Owens - Autism Consultant (part-time); 15 years experience in the field, including 10 with National Autistic society

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Autism Innovation Fund 2014 grant award
Esmee Fairbairn core delivery 2014 grant award
Nominet Trust Social Tech for Social Change 2013 grant award

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Online.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Research Autism - collaboration to combine research with employment outcomes as part of a total package.
NEED project - collaboration for corporate placements, with NEED focusing on lower skilled jobs and Specialisterne on technical, analytical roles in IT.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Lack of funding and resources. We have a proven model, with 4 clients and over 40 corporate partners and public sector departments that have expressed interest in working with us. However, since we are such a lean organisation, we are not able to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to us, due to the shortage of people who can carry out the work. We are in the process of growing our business organically (first full year 2013 total revenue £75,000; second year 2014 anticipated revenue approximately £200,000), however are seeking additional external funding so we can scale rapidly.

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Autobody Skills for Jobs Project

We train unemployed youth in Johannesburg with skills useful for the motor body repair industry. This include panel beating, spray painting and glass fitment. Our interventions aim to reduce the rate of unemployment amongst South African youth, which is currently 70%.

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JAMAICA YOUTH LEADERSHIP CORPS (JYLC)

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JAMAICA YOUTH LEADERSHIP CORPS (JYLC)

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Jamaica Wireless Low Economic WiFi & Mobile App Creation

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2005

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Jamaica

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Jamaica

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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HOT 102FM RADIO

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N/A, there are no available partnerships in Jamaica.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Finance is the only hurdle, as the use of the latest WiFi hardware over unregulated / unlicensed spectrum space allows WiFi 50% to 70% cheaper to residents in several low income communities.

With the ability to offer mobile commerce app by employment of 100 to 200 youths and adults to create websites , pull content from websites into customization mobile commerce apps for a potential 50,000 private companies at low cost will help push the use of technology in society and create more jobs.

Cassava Flour to Fight Unemployment

Unemployment and poverty in Tole is driving youths to risky sexual behavior.
We aim to employ young people, build their skills and bring revenue into the area through the establishment of a social business and community center. We will be processing and selling cassava flour, among other things.

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Cassava Flour to Fight Unemployment

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Regenerate Tole community through food processing

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2014

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Cameroon, Buea

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, Buea (Tole)

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Unemployment and poverty in Tole is driving youths to risky sexual behavior.
We aim to employ young people, build their skills and bring revenue into the area through the establishment of a social business and community center. We will be processing and selling cassava flour, among other things.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if the community turns out to be a partner, not a beneficiary?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

We have been working with the community in Tole since our beginnings, 18 years ago. We have focused on assisting individual and groups business to progress. We are satisfied with the individual impacts, but not with our impact in the community as a whole, where unemployment and poverty are rampant and their natural resources are being taken away at way too cheap prices.
We conclude there is need for serious income to enter the community.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A Reach Out(REO)-managed business will be established in the heart of Tole, employing local people. Experts will be hired to build the skills of the employees. The profit will be used to expand the business and REO different social programs in Tole.
The business will also act as head quarters in the community, providing trainings (handicrafts, producing of tomato sauce, cassava and plantain flour..) and resources (food dryer) to its population, while keeping closer contact with the population.
To maximize impact among different members of the community, raw materials will be bought at fair prices (cassava, maize, plantain..), encouraging the population to pursue farming as a profession, since youths are hardly attracted to it.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Mbu was farming for himself and occasionally selling at very low prices, he is now selling cassava to REO, has increased his household income and now his young daughter, is starting to show interest on the work at the farm.
Lum is a high-school drop out with three kids from different men who abandoned her, she was struggling to pay for school fees, but now is employed in REO's business center grinding and processing cassava products. She transforms Mbu raw product.
Gabriel is having his first job, he is distributing cassava flour around Buea with REO. He brings a bag to Emilia.
Emilia sells Puff-Puff (local pastry) in the streets of Buea, she could substitute wheat flour for cassava flour, increasing her daily profits.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Employment in Tole provides a range of positive qualitative outcomes: Previous beneficiaries reports range from being able to say no to unwanted sexual relations or transforming oneself from beggar to provider inside a family network to a general sense of being useful and having a purpose and an occupation.
When it comes to the product we know we can increase profits of the micro businesses we will be delivering to by at least 10% by substituting wheat with local alternatives.
It will also have an impact in our other ongoing projects in the community, where we support vulnerable youths and women to start businesses, by making their potential clients (our employees) richer.
Skills and resources will be provided to those employed and to any interested person. Workshops will be regularly held on different income generating activities and the use of the equipments.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Within 5-10 years:
· Unemployment in Tole has reduced and its differences with the city of Buea are quite hard to see with any social indicator.
The business center led to many outcomes: loans, workshops, community-led business ventures and even cultural activities.
· Cassava, corn and plantain flour are produced all over Cameroon and are used in the variety of pastry products that Cameroonians love and avidly consume.
Imported wheat flour remains a useful commodity but not an essential one.
· Reach Out has gathered data and is now applying an improved approach in at least 1 community

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Reach Out is committed to sustainability of all its projects. The strength of this one is that is a business, reducing the need to constantly look for donors.
The profits generated will be used to pay the employees, face running costs and invest into expanding the business. When expanding is not advisable the profit will be used into projects in Tole, such as loans and grants to small entrepreneurs and Workshops on Income Generating Activities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Greyston Social enterprise, in the UK, is using a similar approach. They are baking cookies to employ people, as main objective. That is the same reason why we want to produce cassava flour and other manufactured products.
We differ from them in infrastructure, the position in the production chain, and the fact that they work in a western country.
But the main difference is experience, they are a established company on the field of social enterprise and we ought to learn a lot from them, even with our different backgrounds. We will try to reach to them to seek for advise.
www.greyston.org

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Reach Out Cameroon (REO) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) head quartered in Buea with 18 years experience in development oriented projects and programmes. REO was founded in 1996 and authorized by the government of Cameroon in December 2000 with registration N0.082/G37/D14/1/vol.6/OAPP/69.

REO stems from the vision of the Founder and Executive Director- Omam Esther Njomo and has been shaped over time with invualuable insights and efforts from Medical Doctors, Gender Analysts, Social Workers, Nurses, Community Relay Agents, Agronomists and experts in many other fields from all over the world.

Over the past years, REO has provided assistance in community development, health and sanitation, gender empowerment and wealth creation

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

REO, with 18 years of existence, has a board of Directors with 12 members and 16 staff mixing volunteers and paid workers. The Wealth Creation Department has 2 permanent staff and 2 volunteers. The Head of Department holds an MSc. and has gathered experience for three years in development economics. Her assistant has experience running a mildly successful business. The joint efforts of recruited experts will improve the out put of the business

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

None. Yet.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

We got to know about changemakers.org through an e-mail that someone from globalgiving.org sent us asking us to submit projects or judge projects.

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Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Marketing of the products might be a problem as wheat flour use is rooted into Cameroonian behavior and its price is affordable.
We have an extensive network of users of wheat flour that sell in the informal economy, is their behavior that we want to change and some of them will be part of the project since its inception.

NAMAALE

Namaale is a new revolutionary idea which seeks to improve the Shea-butter business and the living condition of women and their opportunities for economic empowerment.

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NANCY

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SHEA BUTTER , WOMENS GOLD

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Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, NO, Tamale

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Do you work with any social organizations?

YES

How did you hear about the competition?

SUSI

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

Women in the Shea-butter business are the majority of participants in the market but still receive less remuneration and attention compared to their contributions. Also, access to finance and equipment as well as technical skills is a major issue for rural women who are in the Shea-butter industry.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

High performing teams form the foundations for success far beyond that which individual can do alone. This proposal seeks to form women into task-organized teams to produce Shea-butter products. The teams will be divided into areas of specialization: collection, buying, processing, and delivery. Each team will be supported with technical skills, business skills, and equipment. The buying team will receive start-up funds to be able to buy the nuts from the picking team and then sell it to the processing team. With this, a processing plant would be established at a point where more Shea nuts are found. Once established, the teams will operate independently with decreasing levels of supervision from Namaale

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

When a woman is empowered her community and nation benefits, the whole idea for this project is about granting women in the Shea-butter business with technical support. The project is to put the women into groups such as Group A: Picking Group- Women who pick the Shea-Nut from the farms. Group B: Buying Group- Women who purchase the Shea-Nut from Group A. Group C: Processing Group - Women who purchase from the buying group for processing. Group B and Group C will be supported with financial assistance and management skills to start their own independent business with minimum interference. The financial assistance will be paid back within a period of time. Group A, who are the bedrock of the process will benefit funds to support their children's education.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

More than 600,000 women in Northern Ghana depend on incomes from the sales of Shea butter and other Shea-related products as a means of their daily sustenance. In addition to its importance as a key income source for rural women.
NAMAALE’S project on Shea butter will have many competitors including SEKAF Ghana as well as other local projects like African network 2000 and other individuals who explore the Shea butter industry as a profit making venture but NAMAALE sees these organizations and individuals not as competitors but rather collaborators in our future project. NAMAALE’S main focus is on the economic development of women, though NAMAALE will make profit, but this profit will be ploughed back to expand project scope.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

Growing up with a mother who has had no formal education but has great entrepreneurial skills, she always inspires me to reach higher, with her hard work and determination she ventured into lots of small businesses such as ‘Pito’’ brewing, selling of food and vegetables amongst others to support the family, to my mother I am extremely grateful. They are lots of rural women out there like my mother but lack the support to develop economically; she had no resources to grow her idea on Shea butter which at that time had not gained enough recognition as it has today. I started developing the passion to help other women in rural communities to make a living and been part of the SUSI program was the greatest opportunity to make this a reality in developing my idea into a real social entrepreneur enterprise with Shea butter.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

Namaale is a new revolutionary idea which seeks to improve the Shea-butter business and the living condition of women and their opportunities for economic empowerment.

Goals

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

The full impact is a sustainable business model in which women run enterprise improves the standard of living for their families. Naamale’s ability to effectively form high performing teams, prime the business model, and efficiently use resources to coordinate across the Shea-butter industry is crucial to the projects goal. Naamale’s success depends on the ability of the teams to earn a sustainable livelihood in turn allowing Naamale to widen its scope and reach.Thus in the first year NAMAALE should have established itself fully in one community.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

NAMAALE venture team would have gained requisite resources and identified first community to kick start project

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Visit to community elders and inform them of venture idea and its benefits to community

Task 2

Meeting women who are into sheabutter processing and putting them into required groups

Task 3

Acquiring land for equipment setup

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Setting up first processing center

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Prepration of site for installation

Task 2

Purchasing equipment

Task 3

Installation of equipment

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Provide necessary support and technical skills to groups.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Traing processing team on equipment use

Task 2

Providing financial assistance to Picking team and buying team

Task 3

Ensure safety of equipment

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

.The full impact is a sustainable business model in which women run enterprise improves the standard of living for their families. Naamale’s ability to effectively form high performing teams, prime the business model, and efficiently use resources to coordinate across the Shea-butter industry is crucial to the projects goal. Naamale’s success depends on the ability of the teams to earn a sustainable livelihood in turn allowing Naamale to widen its scope and reach. The financial assistance will be paid back within a period of time. Group A, who are the bedrock of the process will benefit funds to support their children's education.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

The Namaale project it will identify 70% of the marketable quality of Shea butter, innovate new products, and explore new markets for Shea butter sales and promotion by 2016.

How will you measure success?

Number of High performing teams formed,Number of women who have gained technical skills on use of modern Shea processing equipment,Number of children whose education sponsored, Number of communities project scope is broadened to,Impact of income generated on women economic development,Number of women teams who have received financial assistance, Number of women who back within time period.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

New members will be recruited as project expands to other communities ,members will be picked based on competence ,knowledge and skills as well as commitment to to project vision.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

New leaders will be Appointed based on their innovation and creativity as well as commitment to organizations progress and a well experience in Project Management.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

Naamale will be in operation under a major organization called Northern sector Action on Awareness Center for a year that is working on women issues, their credibility and experience will enable Naamale access funding from other organizations who wish to invest in women empowerment and development as well as poverty reduction. Also with support given to our groups to do business, when paid back will be ploughed back into the programs and activities of Naamale.

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Nikweli

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Tong

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Nikweli

Project Subtitle

Getting You(th) Hired in Tanzania

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

Country where this project is creating social impact

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Nikweli is the first job-matching platform in Tanzania that has an ultimate goal of reducing poverty and spurring economic growth. We are a people bank; not a job bank, unlike traditional job boards.

We are faster, cheaper, and able to reach 90% of the urban population through mobile.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if, every year, we can help 850,000 new entrants to the Tanzania labour market? What about in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Tanzania, 850,000 candidates enter the labour market each year. Most struggle to find employment due to financial constraints, few connections, and inaccurate knowledge. Employers complain about time and financial cost to find honest and good workers.

There is an imperfect labour market with asymmetric information and inefficient hiring methods. The formal job market excludes large groups in society as a result.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

With more than 90% of job seekers able to use a simple phone – compared to only 12% with internet access – there is an enormous opportunity to leverage mobile technology to provide a scalable recruitment solution.

Nikweli is faster, easier and more efficient for employers and job seekers alike than our competitors. Candidates register their professional details from a simple phone. Employers search, sort, and shortlist candidates via an intuitive online interface.

Nikweli improves transparency and ensures easier access to information for workers. Our goal is to help job seekers successfully transition to formal sector employment.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Juma is 25 and finished his apprenticeship as a carpenter. He has no capital and few connections. Every morning for the last 3 months, he spent lining up outside employer’s doors trying to get an interview. The transportation and time cost causes him to almost give up. Every year, 850,000 Jumas enter the labour market in Tanzania.

Now imagine trying to hire Juma. You spent the last two days interviewing 30 candidates lining up outside your door. Only 2 barely meet your criteria. You have tried posting online, but only found overqualified candidates as only 12% of Tanzanians can access the internet.

The worst part is that Juma and you never meet. Nikweli makes it easier for employers and job seekers to find each other.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

In Tanzania, there is currently no comprehensive solution tackling information challenges in the employment market.

Based on feedback from our prototype testing (10 companies signed up/week, 80% positive response) and top-down market estimation (2.5% of target market in 1st year, 20% market share in 3 years) we project to reach the base of 960 companies within 3 first years of operations. In 10 years time when the solution will be rolled out across the region we expect to grow our base of employers to 10,000.

We managed to build a database of 300 candidates in one month time and we estimate to reach number of 500,000 registered candidates after 3 years of operations and 5 million in 10 years time.

We estimate that 75,000 candidates will find employment through Nikweli platform within the first 3 years which will enable them to have significant improvement of incomes.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Nikweli is based on a sustainable business model. After the initial pilot phase of verifying underlying assumptions and rigorous evaluation of impact, revenues coming from employers paying for the contact information of the pre-selected candidates will fuel Nikweli’s growth. Direct sales, mobile marketing efforts, and partnerships with relevant organizations will allow for rapid growth of our twofold customer base: employers and job-seekers. For the first three years, we will build our customer base across Tanzania. Subsequently, we envision expanding to other countries in the region.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Nikweli is a for-profit social enterprise based on a sustainable business model which does not require large upfront capital expenditure. Our main revenue is employers pay per lead for the contact details of suitable candidates. We predict breaking even in the third year of operations.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Job postings: in newspapers - expensive and slow. On internet - limited reach; time costly to pre-screen candidates.

Recruitment agencies: Expensive, non-transparent, slow. Targets professionals.

Subcontracting: Expensive, few reliable subcontractors.

Word-of-mouth: Limited reach, corruption prevalent.

We are different because:
1. Employers use instant search, instead of slow replies from job posting. A search takes 30 minutes; a job posting at least 2 weeks.

2. We use familiar, and fast growing, technology (SMS/USSD) to reach 90% of the urban population.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

When Agnieszka was working in private sector development, she encountered over and over the same story: employers cannot find good workers, even in lower skill positions; job seekers complain about lack of funds and connections to find fulfilling employment. During Tiffany's field work, she also interviewed youth with the same lack of knowledge and ability.

The Aha! moment came when both founders were discussing and realised it was mainly an information asymmetry problem, which can be changed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Tiffany: Over 4 years of East African field operations experience. Brings detailed local knowledge and implementation skills.*

Agnieszka: Former World Bank private sector development Economist in Tanzania. London Business School MBA. Brings contacts and business acumen.*

Jumbe: Tanzanian national with 5 years of IT experience. Previously, advisor on Zanzibar Ministry of Land ICT Land Registration project.**

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Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Youth Empowerment Center

AiM works to foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings in order for them to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

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Sophie Eusebe

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AiM

Venture Website

N/A

Country where this project is creating social impact

Senegal

Is your organization a

Not registered

Do you work with any social organizations?

Dalberg Global Development Advisors

How did you hear about the competition?

Fellowship of the Summer Institute for Social Entrepreneurship - Uconn

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

1) School dropouts. Given the crisis related to the educational system the country is currently going through.
2) Youth unemployment. Young people most of the time do not have skills required to employed right after school. Leading them to be hard to hire since most companies are looking at their own benefits, not all of them are willing to pay much money for internships. Which is not the fault of students since they are not aware of their condition.
3) Loss of faith in education, students becoming lazy and wanting to gain money the easiest way possible; being exposed to temptations like drugs, alcoholism, which likely lead to vandalism. That hopelessness about education plus the fact that young people are becoming lazy is already leading us to a massive will of young people to become either dancers, singers, or practice body building to become wrestlers
4) Gender Equity. Encourage students (mostly boys), to know the importance of valuing the intelligence of women and giving them equal chances to succeed. Encourage students to drop the negative misconceptions about the role of the women in our society.
5) Women empowerment. Making women be aware of their capacities and strengths that will help them become good leaders. To help them have enough confidence to stand for themselves and be independent; and to encourage them be effective actors of the economic development in our country.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

At AiM, we will foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings about leadership, Professional skills development and entrepreneurship; while also raising their awareness about the importance of Gender equity and women empowerment. In addition, we will invite students to meet local social entrepreneurs and leaders to learn from their stories, take advises from them and enlarge their network. Our services will allow students to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

1) We will identity top students in 11th and 10th grade, in our target high school, with the help of the counselor.

2) Offer trainings to students 2 times a week in addition of one day when our mentees will be encouraged to tutor their classmate, not doing well in class for them to improve their grades. Take one Saturday per two weeks to organize workshops and student talks about their passion and goals, and about topics related to development in our country.

3) During summertime: Invite leaders and social entrepreneurs to have talks with students and inspire them. Organize volunteering activities for students.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

The young people are affected. Teenagers in high school that are good students but not exploiting their potential to the maximum as well as students discouraged by the current crisis within our educational system and are likely to dropout. Yes they are a few organizations of young people working in this space but within their own community.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

When I was in high school experience. I decided to learn English. During my learning, my motivation was that it opens further opportunities, such as exchanging with people living overseas and working in an international environment. While I was aware of the opportunities available to me, I also noticed that many young students inside the school did not have the same chances, although they had promising potential. Then, I realized that young people were not exploiting their potential at the maximum in my school. Since I was frustrated after observing this situation, I grew the desire to change the way young people think. I want to give them chances to explore their potential. I want to also give them the opportunity to think creatively and be aware of their role in the development of our country.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

AiM works to foster youth leadership and reduce school dropouts by providing to high school students trainings in order for them to have higher chances of being eligible for job or scholarship opportunities and to become great entrepreneurs after school.

Goals

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

In our first year, we want to first have the success rate in 10th and 11th grade of the school higher then the previous years. Secondly we want to have our mentees share projects they would like to achieve, to select the most promising and feasible in during the first year and help in realizing it.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Start our trainings

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Settle a curriculum and schedule for the year with Venture team

Task 2

Identify top students in 10th and 11th grade in target high school

Task 3

Agree with school counselor for him to make a classroom available for trainings and encourage students to participate in them

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Have local sponsors to support our activities

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contact local bakeries for them to provide us with snacks during trainings to encourage students and mentors' attendance

Task 2

Contact the community town hall representatives for them to provide us with materials (T-shirts with our logo, etc)

Task 3

Contact firms working in transportation for them to provide us with a bus during our activities out of classrooms

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Have the students inspired to realize one project idea and raise the success rate in 10th/11th grade of the high school

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Encourage our mentees to tutor to their classmate not doing well and help them improve their grades

Task 2

Contact local entrepreneurs and success stories for them to meet with our students to give them advises and inspire them

Task 3

Organize workshops for students to share their project outlines.Organize then in teams to realize the most feasible one.

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

By the decrease of school dropouts from the high school and the improvement of students grades.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

By the number of our mentees participating in exchange programs and the number of projects they will settle to develop their communities at their turn. Also by the number of students that will be employed after school. By creating a co-working space for former mentees who became entrepreneurs.

How will you measure success?

By making surveys to students at the beginning and at the end of the trainings sessions; by calculating success rates at every end of school year and compare them with the former ones; by making checking at the number of our mentees who created their own venture or participated in exchange programs like SUSI at the end of our trainings; by having a database and following up on how our former mentees are evolving.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

By contacting people in my network of young social entrepreneurs and ask them for people they know who would be interested in working with me. Then do the screening of profiles of the candidates and select those with significant number of experiences in mentoring students and recruit them following interviews to measure their knowledge about leadership end entrepreneurship as well as their motivation to helping students.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

By evaluating members twice a year and give them feedbacks, following their progress, we will transfer leadership to those who have a quicker mastery of the responsibilities founding members hold.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

By reaching out to potential local sponsors before my initial capital ends.

emerald moringa soap

Emerald Moringa soap improving health conditions and eradicating skin diseases because of it Antibacterial and Antiseptic property, High exfoliating and Anti-inflammatory property.

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george

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the emerald

Venture Website

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, SOU, molyko buea

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Do you work with any social organizations?

yutexcel

How did you hear about the competition?

susi 2014

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

From statistical point of view improper bathing without antibacterial soap contributes to more than 130,000 bacterial infections in Cameroon each year through the transfer of local diseases. Therefore children and adult suffer from skin diseases, bruises, cut, insect bites and wrinkles which is cause by dirty and standing water, germs and commonly transmitted disease such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococci and Salmonella etc they are present in abundant amount in our surroundings and our skin being the largest organ which provide information about our surrounding turn to have this diseases, so with the help of this soap from moringa extract it can solve up to 75% of this infection.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

To provide a better heathy body for those in the Molyko Buea community in Cameroon by improving their health conditions and reducing preventable skin illnesses through the use of our Moringa Soap.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Significantly the transmission of germs from oneself to another at commercial sites, institutions, homes and health care centers are common. But the spread of diseases and infections from microorganism can be significant. Therefore this control of microorganism found on the skin is important to public health. As, our skin serves as a host for several types of germs, an Antibacterial soap effectively protects our skin from the attacks of bacteria and other microbes. As a senior year Chemical Engineering Student at the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) and working in close bolster with my team we have carried out research, visitation to companies and consulted teachers there by enabling us to successfully developed an antibacterial soap called Emerald Moringa Soap. This Soap effectively kills over 90% of germs present on the skin because it possesses numerous properties which include:
•High exfoliating and Anti-inflammatory property: the presence of Moringa seeds supplies the soap with Vitamins A, C and Unsaturatedfatty acids. This helps heal minor skin complaints such as cuts, bruises, burns, insect bites, rashes and scrapes quickly.
•Antiseptic and Antibacterial property thanks to citronella perfume in the soap
•Reduces wrinkles and smoothens the skin because of Olive oil and Moringa seeds in it which provides Vitamins A,C,E,K and B complex

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

Today most of African countries suffer from skin diseases, bruises, cut, insect bites and wrinkles. But those directly in concern here are the children, inhabitant and student of Buea especially Molyko Buea. Buea been a site were we have close to 310 thousand inhabitants of approximately 60.5 thousand are students. People keep dirty at unpaved roads which led to the running of dirty water which people move on, insects feed on them and then land on people’s body. Therefore making close to 100 thousand inhabitant suffer yearly from this diseases but from locally made antibacterial soap this problems of infections are not still solved

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

Being a Secretary General of an association ( YUTEXCEL) in my home town called limbe. We do volunterism activities and once we visited the limbe regional hospital, I noticed that most of the children there suffer from skin diseases, Also after visiting another site for community outreach called idenua in which we when to give dresses to the needy i also noticed most of the students suffer from this skin diseases. Finally when my mum could spend hundreds of thousands treating my sister back from boarding school suffering from skin disease then there was a need for me to work on this problem as a young chemical engineer.

Define your Venture in 1-2 short sentences

Emerald Moringa soap improving health conditions and eradicating skin diseases because of it Antibacterial and Antiseptic property, High exfoliating and Anti-inflammatory property.

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My vision is to first get authorisation documents for the company to run, work with companies that produce soap so far, after leaving the company get required equipment’s and ingredients in small scale for its production and above all develop a complete prototype for consumers consumption.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Do possible research for the production process

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Do preliminary studies of the problem

Task 2

Form a good team for this process

Task 3

Draw a good organogram for the organisation

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

To develop a complete prototype

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Visit a company that produces soap and check their production process

Task 2

Do the cost analysis to start a small scale production

Task 3

Start of production process

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Sales of the Moringa soap

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Form a good team of all the various department in my university

Task 2

Do test marketing and feedbacks from the communities

Task 3

Start marketing of the products

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

By ensure we have a good organisational structure (organogram) of the group, come out with a good prototype and and do test marketing of the product.
Get testimonies from people

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

This will help to employ young Cameroonians thereby reducing the high unemployment rate of young Cameroonians in my society.
Also have people talk about the product and it effectiveness toward them.
Improve the health situation of consumers

How will you measure success?

Success would be measured if at least a huge some of those have are healed from this skin disease and we should have at least sales point in other regions of my country and other Africa countries if possible.
It would be measured from the questionnaires of different people to enable us better the project and help in reducing unemployment in my country.

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Being a senior year student I would announcing back in the university so that those will to join the ventures should come for my interview and be able to buy the vision and philosophy of this project which would enable us to continue the project even while out of the university

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

Through experience and longevity in which I know they must have understood the production and management of the organization. Therefore I would train the team members on the production process and leadership skills. Then there will be appointed by electoral process from the venture members.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

Firstly after the sales of the first set of product we believe we would have some amount to put back in the business, then since it is a hybrid from my university I would ask for fund taking the school philosophy of economy of communion and through personal contribution from my members.

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Africa's Leading Outsourcing Platform

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Cameroon, YAOUNDE

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, Cameroun

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A marketplace (freelancing platform www.1task1job.com) that connects worldwide businesses to freelancers in Cameroon.

The freelancers here are skillful unemployed youths and these unemployed youths can generate from this marketplace an income equivalent to a government paid job in their country.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if youths were allowed to find or propose solutions to their probelms?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Youth unemployment: More than 50% of youths in Africa are unemployed and 55.6% of youths in Cameroon are unemployed.

Unemployment frustation leads to instability and violence.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A marketplace (freelancing platform www.1task1job.com) that connects worldwide businesses to freelancers in Cameroon.

Benefits of Solution:

1) Access to hundred of thousands of tasks to freelancer in Cameroon. This can be achieve especially due to the fact that Cameroon has more than Two million people living in the diaspora.

2) Would help youth think entrepreneurship and some would end up setting their own business.

3) Help reduce the high youth unemployment rate in the country which is currently above 55.6%.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We have subcontracted several microtasks before from companies and entrepreneurs in the US, Canada, france and Nigeria to skillful unemployed youths in Cameroon. One of the project we executed was data entry for a bank and we recruited 25 youths to complete this task. The youths went home happy after working and receiveing their pay. Many kept their contact details with us and we contacted them for other IT tasks (Website building) we had afterwards. The guys who built the websites have today opened their own company because the have many clients and they now belief they have a service or skill they can sell before which they never thought so.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

53 project-based workers have worked in the past 2 years, we were working manually and sporadically by then. The propose of 1task1job.com is to digitalize the concept in order to increase its impact and outreach and to inspire youths to think entrepreneurship as a means to generate income. some of you pas wokeres have set up their own businesses before they now belief they have a skill to sell.

we will check both freelancers and companies. We verify every user (freelancer or companies) and will have a status update on each verified user

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

This project has the potential to help reduce youth unemployment rate in Cameroon by 50% in the next 10 years.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We intend to sustain the project through the percentage fees charged on all payments processed through the platform. We will be able to break even after.

Payment terms are agreed between the employer and the employee. we will use an escrow funding system (that is the employer deposits the money in an escrow account and releases it only after the employee has completed and submitted his work. We come in for arbitration in case of disagreement.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

When I was a university student at the University of Buea in Cameroon, I witnessed first-hand the negative impact of the very high youth unemployment problem that affects university students and recent graduates. The lack of student jobs pushes many to create illicit sources of income, such as internet scamming (‘419’) and other organized crimes. One of the many factors that is a barrier to university students’ income generation is access to information about jobs availability online (e.g. websites where an average hardworking student can earn $100 per week). The World Bank’s 2012 statistics, estimates the level of Cameroon’s youths unemployment (between 18 and 35 years old), to about 2 million. My goal is to impact directly and indirectly

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Olivia Mukam, Advisor

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

USADF Grant for Obama's YALI program

Where have you learnt about the competition?

While at the GES summit in Morocco, I received an email from Cheikh Sy recommending me to apply

Tell us about your partnerships:

HARAMBE Cameroon, because it has a huge database of youths in Cameroon amd more than 3,000 fans on its facebook page. Harambe Cameroon is one of the first social entrepreneur NGO in Cameroon

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The platform.

I need two full time staff to finish developing the platform and also to run and maintain it. I do not have enough finances to hire sucs staff.

Payment Processor:

I need to partner with a payment processor to process all transaction (payments) through the platform to enable youths easily withdraw their money when they are paid for services the render.

International Centre for Leadership Development

Cyber criminals need to find new ways to use their skills, creativity and intelligence. The New Media Technology skills will help encourage creativity and innovation which will build the confidence of ex-convicts to know how to use the internet.

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Shift

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Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nigeria, Mainland

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, Lagos State

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Cyber criminals need to find new ways to use their skills, creativity and intelligence. The New Media Technology skills will help encourage creativity and innovation which will build the confidence of ex-convicts to know how to use the internet.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

A tax consumer becomes a Tax Payer.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The increasing cyber crimes such as Automated Teller Machine (ATM) frauds, piracy, hacking, online pornography, email scams are not good for the growth of Nigeria. Youths should see the internet as helpful and worthwhile, and embrace it rather than abuse it. In Lagos, cyber cafes are used as ‘hubs’ to commit cyber crime. Imprisonment of offenders of this act has increased dramatically over the years, there is need to reduce crime.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Nigeria is negatively famous for its youngsters who are experts in doing cyber crime. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a Nigeria that is positively famous for young, creative technical experts, who use their skills in a constructive way. Shift project is committed to providing quality new media vocational skills training to ex-convicts ages 18- 35 years and the training will take place in Lagos State. The three months intensive course in the use of new media technology will include:
• Advanced computing skills
• Introduction to Entrepreneurship
• Digital Print Media and Publishing / Critical New Media Literacy
• Multimedia Technology / Social Media Education
• Network and Data Security

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our major impact will be making sure that the ex-convicts do not return to prison and we want to reduce crime this will also boost the economy by turning a tax consumer to tax payer, an influence of evil into a positive role model, a waste of creative and talented youth into a youth of realized potential. Our goal is to build hope in them and help them face the challenge of been stigmatized in the society. The three months vocational skills training will help them start small business and also get jobs to those who are unemployed and need to build a career.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The project impact is focus around the total percentage when 95 percent of ex-convicts successful complete the new media technology skills training. Because of the challenge they have to go through in transporting themselves to the training centre, Since we are starting with 15 ex-convicts at first, the impact will be when 14 of them did not re-offend and find their way back to the prison, also, when 60 percent create their own small businesses base on their skills and 30 percent get employed and finally none of the beneficiaries re – offend.
The overall impact of the project is to reduce the high rate of cyber crime among the youths and also re-offending.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Basically, the project aims at reducing the high rate of cyber crime in Nigeria and by extension to the world, because it is said that Nigerian youths are the main perpetrators of the act. In 5 to 10 years time, we want to see a Nigeria where new media technology is seen as a tool to create meaningful change. We want to use Technology to solve problems rather than to use it to commit, as new policy arise we will make sure it does not affect the project, because this is a project that will be cost effective with all the money the government spend on feeding re-offenders and renovating prisons.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We will sign-up with global giving and Indie-gogo, an online fund raising to raise funds within a specific month. Commitment fee to be paid in future as a way of giving back to the program by the beneficiaries. At least each beneficiary will be committed to pay some specific amount monthly. We will write proposals and share brochures to donors, Foundations and government agencies who the project meet their criteria and to raise funds.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There is this organization in the Northern part of Nigeria but they are working on general inmates in Prisons to transform their minds through books, since Lagos is the Largest States in terms of Population in Nigeria and Cyber crime is termed to be very high in Lagos State this is why Shift project is different, because of the new media technology vocational skills, our approach and innovation is different. It is very easy for these ex-convicts to start small business base on the training and get employed with the IT skills.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Having been involved in cyber crime a few years ago but fortunate not to be convicted, I strongly believe there are others out there who have been convicted but need second chance and looking for the opportunity to stay away from this activity. I got out of this activity because I came across a free online internet-based education program. I have spent the last couple of years educating and transforming myself through various skills and programs. I am motivated to develop the capability and self-confidence to take risks and start my own social venture and I feel it is possible for others who are engaged in cyber fraud to do the same.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Presently we are two members for this project, we are trying to get experts who will volunteer and provide their expertise to help us achieve our goals.
Adedoyin is a writer,Tech enthusiast and an aspiring social entrepreneur. A graduate of Agricultural Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Akure and a Certified Internet Webmaster. Passionate about using Technology and media to drive change.
He is the co-founder of Get Inspired Nig

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Non

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Friend referral

Tell us about your partnerships:

Partnering with other organizations gives more credibility, since the project is in a start up phase, we believe that it will be best to partner with other organizations that already have the background so we reach our milestone.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Identifying our beneficiaries, reaching out to them and their families, convincing the prisons officials about the project.
We will explain the benefit of the project to the government officials and how the society will be safe if they can provide us with the details of the ex-convicts.
Also , we will convince the families of our beneficiaries, and finally we will get someone who can refer us to the prisons boss.

Youth Innovation Hub Africa

YIHA is a Nigerian based organization that educates and trains aspiring African entrepreneurs to start their own businesses for effective economic development of the region. The goal of the group is to establish a pool of local jobs in Africa that will in turn facilitate wealth creation.

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Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Nigeria, OG, Abeokuta

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, OG, Abeokuta

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

YIHA is a Nigerian based organization that educates and trains aspiring African entrepreneurs to start their own businesses for effective economic development of the region. The goal of the group is to establish a pool of local jobs in Africa that will in turn facilitate wealth creation.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if we could empower young people to create the job they want to see in the world?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Rising youth unemployment in Africa has reached critical levels that demand urgent attention. Millions of skilled young Africans do not have access to economic opportunity because of where they live. Over 1M graduate from secondary&tertiary institutions each year&enter stagnant job markets with up to 60% unemployment. This situation increases instability&cripples economic growth as it limits young people’s capacity to contribute to the economy.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

YIHA brings two basic services into the community:
1. YIHA ACCELERATOR: an Incubator/accelerator program that provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring young entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.
2.YIHASource: a basic service that brings technology skills training, paying digital work (microwork), and provides wages via the Internet to youth who were previously earning less than a living wage. YIHA do this by connecting youth living off less than $2 a day to microwork: small, digital tasks taken from a larger project that can be performed using the Internet thereby creating knowledge jobs for skilled, economically disadvantaged people.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

YIHA is an organization born out of the C:F Make.it.Work Competition 2013 providing two integrated services. It works as an enterprise incubator/accelerator & also Africa’s first truly distributed Business Process Outsourcer (BPO). It is a social business that connects youth with innovative business idea with mentorship, contacts, space, and network of angel investors and also brings dignified, computer-based work to women, youth, & refugees living in poverty. By solving serious business needs through simple services, like data entry, transcription and quality assurance testing, YIHA creates opportunities. We are enabling marginalized people, from the youth communities in Nigeria to receive life-changing work opportunities via the Internet

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Firstly, YIHA has incubated and accelerated 10 viable youth owned businesses in Nigeria that are currently employing 5-10 people. Secondly, YIHA has also trained and introduce over 1000 youths to micro-work via our partner platform such as: http://microworkers.com, http://samasource.org, http://microflowers.com/, http://odesk.com/, and supporting over 200 youth entrepreneurs in various forms through our Consultation processes, Platforms, Space and Camp programs. Thirdly, YIHA also launched the “Techie Girls Campaign” in over 20 schools and with over 100 participants to improve the capacities of the girl-child in the technology space and turning them into problem solvers, and solution providers within their local communities. Thanks to the grant from CF and TMK, YIHA drew more attention from the community and individuals, which results in increased number of visitors and supporters.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

A strong collaboration between the YIHA and other organizations working towards sustainable job creation in Nigeria has been established, which, on its turn, brings new opportunities to the community (currently, the YIHA’s partner organizations are discussing opportunities to start a new community development project in south-western region of Nigeria, in which YIHA can be also involved as an implementing partner. This will help us to spread quickly and innovate locally.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

YIHA sustainability plan is based on 6-10% equity we take in the businesses we incubate/accelerate & the consultation fee charged in the process. YIHA also charges affordable amount for its various ICT training for youth which in turn gives them the capacity to market themselves on our partner platforms. We also gain support through grants & competitions. In the long term we hope to build a platform that would transform African youth for better.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

There are few incubators/accelerators available in Nigeria such as CChub, Passion Incubator, Wennovation etc these platforms are basically technology based. However, we are different in that we provide room for all ideas be it technology or circular ideas, as long as it has economic potential and can survive in the market. Secondly, we are the only one in the region that’s presently also training youth in the ICT domain to have access to microwork. No other organization is using this integrated methodology at this point in time.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

YIHA was created by Rainbow Gate Foundation team that participated in Challenge Future Make.it.Work competition. The team emerged the overall winner and as since then made impact in Africa.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

YIHA, presently have 6 operational staffs -3 web developers, 1 front desk, a business and 2 development personnel. In addition, YIHA has over 30 dedicated mentors from around the world who engage the founder teams from time to time based on availability. As YIHA scale up, we will employ more operational staff.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Grand Challenge Winner for Challenge Future Make.it.Work Competition 2013 Slovenia

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Tell us about your partnerships:

YIHA came into existence because of the partnership agreement between the operator (Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria) and the grantor (Challenge Future & TMK). RGFN provides staff, space and facilities for the hub, while CF & TMK provides the grant for operations. We have other partnerships with Almonsour Foundation and Mike Omotosho Foundation among others. Many top flight higher institutions have one form of partnership with us

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

YIHA’s major challenges to success are inadequate funding and space to operate and scale. nonetheless, since YIHA provide an avenue for both entrepreneurs and investors; and scaling the platform will be profitable in the long run we believe we can overcome this challenges with increased partnerships across sectors.

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A social enterprise empowering rural communities to fight extreme poverty.

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Nigeria, OG

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, OG

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

People in rural Africa are poor and disadvantaged due to factors such as unfair trade, access to markets and unemployment.

Therefore, the creation of income-generating enterprises such as ours in rural communities, is essential to the reduction of extreme poverty, and guarantee of food security.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

WHAT IF the rural communities could be empowered to sustain the exploding population in Africa and the world?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

On Extreme Poverty and Food Security -More than 120 million Nigerians live on $2 or less per day, over 40 million are unemployed (World Bank). Rural migration leads to increased urban centre's challenges. Hunger and malnutrition are the greatest risk to health worldwide- greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined (World Food Program); which is worsened, in Nigeria with exploding population growth: 160mn (2011), 433mn (2050)- (IMF).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

OCEAN and EARTH seeks to create remarkable transformation in deprived communities by applying innovative technologies to obtain the best use of abundant but wasting agricultural resources, to support Africa’s future.

Using the UN Millennium Development Goals as a guide, we are a large-scaled agro-processing enterprise, applying a hybrid business model that is impactful, and scalable to offer economic opportunities to the poorest people, via regular and sustainable income streams.

In the first 5 years, we will provide:
1. Food security- Increase the volume of longer shelf-life food by 100,000MT, to combat scarcity for 2 million people.
2. Employment- Generate full-time direct and indirect jobs for 300,000 people in rural communities

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Alao is 1 of 420 farmers serving our agro-processing facility in the rural community, and bought on a fair trade basis. We require him to supply 3 metric tons(MT) of fresh roots monthly, necessitating him to employ 4 people.

With 80% moisture content in Cassava, we derive 250MT of fortified processed food, and other allied products monthly, sold at the market price of the unhygienic replica.

At least 4 of his siblings are employed in our business value chain either as direct operations personnel or as retailers of our finished goods, and earn the wage of city workers.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

A total of 125MT of waste generated monthly from our processes is converted into a superb animal feed component (instead of burning or allowing it to rot) for the animal rearing business of 55 rural women, each employing 2 workers.

All 4,365 of them earn decent income and create demand in the community in areas such as purchase of consumer goods, and vocational services e.t.c and thus, supporting 5 other jobs each and creating a multiple ripple effect on the local economy; reaching 87,300 people.

All of this impact is derivable from a local community comprising several villages in a disadvantaged area.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

By December 2024, we expect to have directly and indirectly impacted 1,000,000 people residing in rural communities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The robust development which is currently being modeled would ensure guaranteed income for poor farmers, massive employment opportunities, and overall local community development discouraging rural-urban migration.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

In order to remain financially sustainable and meet our 5 and 10 year goals, we are strategically focused on raising 40% of the required funds from impact investors who believe and share in our tripple bottom line objectives, and the remaining 60% from the annual Earned Income ploughed back into the business

2015:
Earned Income ploughed back into business-$450,000
Cash Injection from multiple small investors- $300,000

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Nearly 90% of Cassava processors are small holders and use manual methods of processing, with no considerations for food safety. We are a large-scale, and food safety focused enterprise.

We are better than 95% of competition by our array of multiple products, multiple market channels, mechanization, scale & global brand.

Our major competitors in this space are large-scaled cassava processors such as Dadtco, Thai Farms and Psaltery Limited in Nigeria. We differ because of our triple bottom-line vision- empower people, improve the planet and make profits.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The vision for a sustainable and prosperous rural economy began in 2002, when I was the operations lead for an enterprise that sourced various fresh farm produce directly from rural communities. My mind is filled with memoirs of dreadful living conditions-poverty, hunger, women abuse, diseases and degraded environments etc.

The indices has worsen year on year since then, the aids and donations to Africa have not been as impactful as expected, in spite of favorable conditions.

I own over 12 years’ experience in business development, with over 5 years in the agric. sector, and possess an MBA. With these consummate experiences, I have the requisite exposure to attract talents, funding and others resources to the enterprise.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Our business is ably supported by a diverse but very competent team.
Our team members who make up the board have over 30+ years combined experience in business strategy, supply chain operations, marketing and sales.

In enhance our success, we have also engaged an advisory board with almost 60 years practice in food processing, FMCG marketing, industrial operations & finance.

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1. A runner up winner in the 2013 Indiafrica business plan competition winning a prize of $1,000.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

I was reliably informed and encouraged to participate by a social entrepreneur who is an ardent change-maker.

Tell us about your partnerships:

We have continued to build strategic partnerships to ensure we are fighting this challenge alone.

1. Farmer groups- To provide assurances of access to markets
2. Government research agencies- to support farmers with new crop variants.
3. Micro-finance institutions- to assist farmers to get small seed funding to support their farming efforts
3. Market channels- to ensure we can complete the cycle by ensuring purchase of high quality foods.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Most of the anticipated challenges have been carefully considered, and we will continue to be proactive in selecting the relevant stakeholder partnerships, and stay ahead of our competitors. Some of these are:

1. Insufficient raw stock- we are in renewed partnerships with farmer groups.
2. Funding- we will continue to work on the best funding solutions to enable us meet our aspirations.
3. Human resources- We will continue to provide on-going training activities along the value chain to ensure the identified gaps are addressed on time.

Ocean and Earth Limited.

People in rural Africa are poor and disadvantaged due to factors such as unfair trade, access to markets and unemployment.

Therefore, the creation of income-generating enterprises such as ours in rural communities, is essential to the reduction of extreme poverty, and guarantee of food security.

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Trace Kenya

Trash is cash is a community based project that is in the forefront to prevent environmental pollution by providing solid waste management services to enhance conservation and healthy communities and providing employment opportunities for the youths and young mothers through collection and recycling

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Trash is Cash

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Year founded

2011

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Kenya, RV, Gilgil

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, RV, Gilgil

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Trash is cash is a community based project that is in the forefront to prevent environmental pollution by providing solid waste management services to enhance conservation and healthy communities and providing employment opportunities for the youths and young mothers through collection and recycling

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

trash is cash creates both social and environmental impact that will lead to a cleaner, safer and friendlier world?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

According to UNEP over 10,000 tonnes of waste is generated daily in Kenya with less than 5% recycled and this has led to overflowing disposal sites that are a threat to public health, also indiscriminate waste disposal in Gilgil contributes to a larger % in pollution of the natural environment like River Gilgil and other water sources and due to poor municipal management pose substantial danger to public health and environment degradation.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

After close to two years of operating our garbage collection venture, we have realized that our town is more cleaner because we took trash away from people's vicinity, we have also managed to put community bins in the town to encourage the culture of not littering, we have talked to our customers and the community about the importance of sorting at the source. We also hold an annual clean up day in order to advocate the importance of a clean friendlier environment. There the project has led to creation of at least 20 direct employment opportunities in the pick up process and over 50 jobs indirectly through sorters and transporters. The livelihoods of these youth have improved. There is need to educate more people on importance of recycling

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

A group of 3 youths are running proper centralized garbage collection enterprise in the town. There has been creation of more than 100 employment emerging from the opportunities in collection and waste value addition to waste like in making compost, briquettes and plastic flakes. The information campaigns on waste has increased the community’s level of awareness of the need to live in a clean environment and avoid indiscriminate dumping. This has been evaluated by counting the number of clients that engage the youth groups to serve them in picking their trash. The existing central landfill capacity will be increased as more of biodegradable waste and recyclable waste will be diverted from the mainstream council waste and will be used to make useful products like compost and briquettes. This will be evaluated by assessing the tonnage of compost, briquettes and plastic pellets produced.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The idea is to scale up by creating more enterprises run by the youths and young mothers offering waste management services and sale of recyclable items. They will be formed and registered within the county towns. These enterprises will be fully compliant with the necessary authorities to operate the waste business. We target 400 grams of biodegradable waste per household per day to be composted into organic manure, 500 grams of non-biodegradable waste per household per day to be recycled or reused and 100 grams of non-recyclable waste to be disposed off safely at the designated dumpsite.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The project’s impact will accrue benefits that will enhance sustainability since the youths will acquire knowledge and skills that will allow them to use these skills to make a living while at the same time take good care of the environment. Through the income generated from offering the garbage collection service in the community and sale of useful products from trash such as compost and briquettes will continue to sustain the project

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

The city garbage recyclers in Nairobi that was founded by Andrew Macharia an Ashoka Fellow realized that there is a market for recycled products such as compost, shredded plastic, briquettes and many others. With a clear goal the initiative will benefit thousands of people through the creation of employment opportunities, conservation of natural forests, prevention of air and water borne disease and improved physical environment. He recommended if replicated in other towns/municipalities will contribute to poverty eradication, reduce unemployment, as well as protect & conserve the environment

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I was frustrated by the ever increasing littering of waste in my home town Gilgil which is also reflective of many other parts of the
country and the situation was getting out of hand every day as more of these wastes were thrown out indiscriminately in public spaces
resulting to pollution of the natural environment. In 2011, after brainstorming with my partner using our environmental science
backgrounds on how we could contribute in solving the menace, we took the risk and set up a community based organization that
offered garbage collection services to residents in our town. We started in with $100 that purchased a push cart and bicycle which we used to collect garbage for residents in our town Gilgil, now we have a mini tractor

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Hope Mwanake (Founder) Completed Msc, Envi. Science UNESCO,IHE Netherlands - 2013 and Experienced environmentalist; 4 years in Solid waste management at community level & Led successful projects with MTV SAF, RSSAF, Ministry of Environment. Kevin Mureithi (Operation Manager) Creative, innovative & results oriented, Pursuing Msc Env Sci, Experienced environmentalist; over 4 years in Solid waste management. skills in sustainable business develop

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In 2012 the Rhodes Scholars Southern African Forum, which is an oxford students founded organisation based in London, UK gave us a grant that enabled us to set up communal bins within the town. The bins are not only being used as sources of receptacles for waste but as well as advertisement space for companies that need marketing of their brands or products. In 2014 we got recognition from USADF and Cheetah campaigns for enhancing a cleaner and safer environment. Also recognized by British council under the active citizens program, as a practical working social impact project working to promote social accountabilty and change communities

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From Cheikh SY, Network Coordinator - Africa Ashoka Changemakers

Tell us about your partnerships:

A Kenyan company known as NDUME LTD that manufactures agricultural machineries, they donated to us a tractor and trailer specially designed by UNHABITAT for use of garbage collection. We are currently using the vehicle to offer service to our clients. Department of Environment in Nakuru County and they awarded us a public contract to offer waste management services to our town under a private public partnership agreement and the youth office.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

lack of financial resources to set up recycling ventures, we have saved some money since we started in 2011 towards the recycling project and now we hope to get a grant that will help us kick start the project. Also, product developed from waste through recycling has potential to create employment opportunities to many youths and women but due to poor sales and marketing skills, there is little purchase of these products. This situation is reflective across the country in Kenya if not already worse. We intend to carry out rigorous empowerment and marketing sessions

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A company that makes furniture from sustainainable and ecofriendly Bamboo

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Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

, MALAWI, Blantyre

Country where this project is creating social impact

, MALAWI, Blantyre

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Mandela Washington Fellowship

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Ashoka Change makers

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Ashoka promotes innovation especially in the areas of green business and the environment. I am passionate about using sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly bamboo resources in my furniture business because my county, Malawi, loose over 40, 000 hectares of indigenous trees due to deforestation.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The only thing that can hinder the success of my business is poor networking and mentorship. If my business is to continue growing I have to continually connect with like minded innovators where we can share and sharpen each others' ideas. Additionally, my organisation need mentors that can transfer their skills and redirect and advise accordingly. I connected and now a mentee of David Chalmers, the Environment Team Leader for USAID in Malawi. I also continue to connect and expand my networks with actors in green business and the environment. Lately I established a network with DRI in Harare.

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2013

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Organization Country

Nigeria, OG, Abeokuta

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Nigeria, OG, Abeokuta

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The EYFI aims to revitalize the Nigerian agricultural sector by engaging the much needed human capital to effect change, empowering the untapped youth resource and building local agricultural economy

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Youth Unemployment is fatal: 60% of Nigerians are unemployed, 90% are youths; 48% in rural areas migrate to cities for better opportunities, which are unavailable and thus end up in drugs, crime and slums. The agricultural sector has a lot of potential for employment, however many youth are not interested because there is no proper motivation, and the right incentives. This is where EYFI comes in.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

EYFI offer basic business training, 1-year mentorship&free consultation to youth in rural villages, enabling them to create, develop&grow their agric businesses. Youth learn about efficient farming techniques, managerial tools&business&marketing planning&management. To provide credit, EYFI launched the Rolling Fund via partnership with Nigeria Bank of Agriculture & Enterprise Bank, with two credit lines to young farmers. EYFI provides collaborative networks&technologies, through Community Communications&Information Centers in communities that don’t have access to Internet or even telephone. EYFI is also building a social network for young farmers, where they connect themselves, exchange solutions, access e-learning & tutoring models.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The agricultural sector represents so much potential but is so severely neglected that it is often hard for young people to get past the image of poverty and drudgery. However, in an economy that is unable to support the majority of its people, we must take a closer look at the agricultural sector as a source of employment. Olushola, 26 years old without income, has returned from the Urban center to his village, where he was trained by EYFI, got a US$1,000 loan and still being supported by EYFI`s team to start a Fishery raising business. Today has a US$430 monthly income. He brought his family to work with him and is expanding his business to new areas, such as Bee keeping and maize farming that is been sold to big companies.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Since 2013:
(1) 22 small rural businesses started and developed by 44 young farmers with EYFI`s support.
(2) US$ 32,000 invested in loans to young farmers, with none default rate.
(3) Those young farmers raised in about US$300/month their income through their businesses
(4) Technical, productive and commercial development of family farming businesses.
(5) 134 young entrepreneurs trained as rural entrepreneurs, to develop, manage and enhance their businesses.
(8) Added value to family farming production chains in the region.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Adequate selection and training of 80 youths per year, with 45% increase in numbers trained in each subsequent year. Approximately 800 youths trained in 5 years. Raise US$1000 for each youth in the first year as start-up capital for their business, with a 50% annual increment in operating capital over the 3 years for growth and expansion of the business. Each youth setting up a business that becomes sustainable by the end of the 3-year program. Approximately 700 independent businesses established in 3-5 years, with each capable of employing 5 other people.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

EYFI major source of revenue is via partnerships with financial institutions’ and NGO’s. Many organizations are working towards empowering young people and investing in the agricultural sector. So we are leveraging on that to make EYFI sustainable. Income from such partnerships will ensure our financial sustainability. We are also looking out for different grants and competitions that we can win to acquire funds that will sustain out activities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Other rural technical assistance programs in the region have their approaches focused just on small farmers (with no approach for youth) and with distant and bureaucratic methods. We have identified holes in the market and set our focus to go beyond the norm of only giving training to the youth but enabling them to start businesses by helping them raise capital. We want to ensure that each individual that goes through our program actually starts a business.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

We started EYFI within our NGO Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria as co-founders. We set out to address a major problem in our country and when we looked into it, youth unemployment came first. Having grew up in the rural area, we understand the needs of young people in these areas and that gave us the motivation to startup this program. Together, we are determine to take this initiative to the greatest height.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

our team consist of two co-founders, and 20 volunteers who help us run the day in day out of our initiative.

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Almonsour Women Foundation Social Innovation Award

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Tell us about your partnerships:

EYFI`s foundation is based on the full partnership with community-based organizations, such as farmer`s associations, cooperatives, forums and non-governmental organizations, to mobilize farmers and youth and to develop social capital. So, we engage and partner with 5 community-based organizations and two regional organizations in the region. An important partner is Almonsour Foundation, Agricultural Development Initiative, and Nigerian Bank.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

1) Inadequate physical structure for training activities with youth. EYFI is building the Young farmers Training venue in the communities, and we will work to secure more partnership to make this viable
(2) Isolation of rural communities in the region where EYFI works, which don`t have access to Internet, telephones and roads. EYFI will be establishing ICTs Center in 5 communities, with computers, telephones and antennas, so local families will have access to communications tools.
(3) High logistical costs. EYFI is developing sustainability strategies to generate income to cover those expens

The hair project foundation

The hair project foundation ( HPF) is first and foremost a social enterprise as a hair salon/academy, providing training courses for all individuals ranging from school pupils to those looking to gain a greater knowledge of hair and or professional qualifications.

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Seniors Helping Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors® provides in-home services from specially vetted seniors and match them with older less active people so they can live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. We provide a range of tasks including, general domestic tasks and transportation to dementia care.

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SHS UK

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2013

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For‐profit

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United Kingdom, KEN, Canterbury

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United Kingdom, KEN, Canterbury / Thanet

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Seniors Helping Seniors® provides in-home services from specially vetted seniors and match them with older less active people so they can live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. We provide a range of tasks including, general domestic tasks and transportation to dementia care.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

More care companies where Social Enterprises and gave back to the community

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Social-The number of older people in Kent is set to increase from 20% to 30% by 2030
Today 2.9 million (28%) of people between 50 and state pension age are out of work in the UK
Split families – Sandwich generation – Who pays/Who benefits
Economic-80% of all wealth today is with the over 50’s
The unemployment rate is 6% in Thanet and 2% in Canterbury
Older people are finding it difficult to manage their pension, 3,560 are on pension credit

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We provide tangible benefits for two types of older people.
Active older people are given an opportunity and mission in life. They stay active and interact with less active people which gives them more purpose in life as well as combats loneliness. The additional income also helps to increase their standard of living.
Hospital admissions
Home from hospital transport
Well being – tangible health benefits
The client/service user has a need to be cared for and helped with mundane tasks as they get older. This also helps them to maintain contact with the outside world and combat their loneliness. The third beneficiary is many times the family members to clients, who benefits from relief and respite, who often worry about their loved ones.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We provide tangible benefits for two types of older people.
Active older people are given an opportunity and mission in life. They stay active and interact with people which gives them more purpose in life as well as combats loneliness. The additional income also helps to increase their standard of living. The client/service user has a need to be cared for and helped with mundane tasks as they get older. This also helps them to maintain contact with the outside world and combat their loneliness. The third beneficiary is many times the family members to clients, who benefits from relief and respite, who often worry about their loved ones and sometimes are unable to provide all the care and support they need, leading to feelings of guilt.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

• Measuring our objectives
We have created a Social Impact report to verify our first year in providing our service. We ask our staff (Providers), which today numbers 50 part time workers to complete surveys (tba) to make sure we also meet their needs. We ask every client to fill in a “Review card” that they have to send to homecare.co.uk to make sure it reflects a true and independent testimonial of their experience. In addition anyone can make a testimonial on our website (19 so far)
We gather statistics on what kind of services we provide and for how many hours we provide this service. In addition we keep records of when and who provided the service.

"I cannot fault Seniors Helping Seniors with its sense of reliable and friendly, caring attention, proving a feeling of security in ones later years of life. I give thanks for the day I was introduced to this organisation."

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We are a franchise and our vision for East and South East England is to have over 50 operational branches across this area in the next 10 years.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The operational net profit is 15-20% - 2014 has shown 20% growth on average month on month.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

We are between the traditional charity and personal care companies and clearly filling a gap as we work with both segments where we get referrals from charities as well as personal care companies. We pay our staff more (£9 p/h), we employ older people, we deliver fully bespoke and flexible solutions.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

My wife showed me an inflight ad from America and said - "you always talk about doing something good" - I spoke with the founder who has worked with Mother Theresa for 14 years, and that phone conversation changed mine and our family's life - I flew over to talk more to her and came back and started with research, restoring of myself and went back to acquire the Master license rights. Company registered in March 2013 and by August we started advertising for staff and by September we had our first client.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Christian Wilse - full time (manager), Sally Wilse - part time (PR/marketing), 50 part time staff. We have identified 2 potential full time qualified people to assist manager in second part of 2015 - The operation is simple and can be operated from home. All interviews are based on a 6 step process. We are actively seeking two additional board members.

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UnLtd Fast Growth award - 2014 Sector success award: Sustainability Award for Innovation in Social Enterprise

Where have you learnt about the competition?

By meeting and researching them

Tell us about your partnerships:

We have successfully worked with our local AGEUK office and the Chief Officer is happy to be a reference for expanding this. AGEUK Thanet and Sandwich are now also working with us. We are listed on the local CCG system. We are meeting with RVS to explore how we can work together in December.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

As we do not provide personal care and advocate a pre-care in order to avoid isolation, accidents, depression, loneliness, immobility etc - this has traditionally been done by charities and it takes time to build recognition in the community. We are networking and meeting companies that can promote our concept and this is slowly building momentum.

Uganda Bags and Beads

'Uganda Bags and Beads' helps poor rural Ugandan women to make a living and provide for their children. At present, 57 single mothers and widows are given the opportunity to generate their own income by manufacturing bags and beads then sold with the help of international volunteer distributors.

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Kevoy Community Dev. Institute Jamaica

Environmental sound e-waste recycling plant will safe guard the Caribbean food security, the environment and provide economic and social development. via the following processess:
De-manufacturing into sub-assemblies and components,de-pollution,
materials separation mechanical processing

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E-wast impact on the English-speaking Caribbean

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2007

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For‐profit

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n/a

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n/a

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Environmental sound e-waste recycling plant will safe guard the Caribbean food security, the environment and provide economic and social development. via the following processess:
De-manufacturing into sub-assemblies and components,de-pollution,
materials separation mechanical processing

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

It safe guards the Caribbean region food security

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Electronic Waste pose a danger to the Caribbean region's environment. (Land sea and air)

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The improper handling, transporting and disposal of e-waste within the English-speaking Caribbean region. Jamaica will conduct the pilot programme.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Computers and cells in the first phase will be taken to a collection point where they will then be sent to the recycling plant. They will then be sorted, that which can be repaired/fix will be and then donated or sold.
Those which cannot be reused will be separated into (plastic- cases, glass -CRTs (cathode ray tubes), metal) the plastic and glass, metal-scrap will be shredded and become raw material for manufacturers.
These recycle raw material will stimulate employment while contributing to the export market, improve living standards within the community in which the plant is base and protect the environment via proper disposal.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Most of the information technology (IT) products come from the EU countries, China and America and the countries which are in their developing phase and mostly import new and old products from developed countries. Beside this there is a big contribution of the refurbished products which comes to developing countries through different channels.
Due to the increase of information technology (IT) the life of these products have become very short because of continuous innovation in the field of IT products. In developing countries there is a problem with regulations to govern e-waste and the preventing of ( Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic) from contemning the environment and threaten the English-speaking food security.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) is currently the largest growing waste stream. It is hazardous, complex and expensive to treat in an environmentally sound manner,and there is a general lack of legislation or enforcement surrounding it. Today, most e-waste is being discarded in the general waste stream. Of the e-waste in developed countries that is sent for recycling, 80 per cent ends up being shipped (often illegally) to developing countries to be recycled by hundreds of thousands of informal workers. Such globalization of e-waste has adverse environmental and
health implicat

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Regional government, Customers.

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Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean (BCRC)

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The BCRC is the Caribbean region technical and training center which has relevant resources.

United Nation University Step Initiative. They provide global technical support

National Solid Waste Authority (NSWMA) a government agency they constitute the government position on the ground

Ministry of Housing ,Water, Environment and Climate Change This ministry constitute the government policy position re the formulation of legilatio

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Having government full participation. Pursuing negotiations

English speaking Caribbean Electronic Waste (e-waste) Challenges.

Location

Spanish Town
Jamaica
17° 59' 38.7492" N, 76° 57' 4.05" W

Today, the amount of Electronic Waste (e-waste) is rapidly growing in developing countries as they join the global information society. At present electronic appliances are rarely disposed of in an adequate manner and there is little regulation in place, creating hazards for our population, as well as for the environment. While the environmental services industry has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, it is largely absent in developing countries.

The Stingray

The Stingray is an initiative that aims to create a platform to utilise unused/derelict public houses in city centre locations across the UK to create a community facility that supports local individuals at risk of homelessness, people not in education, employment or training and entrepreneurs.

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The Stingray

THE STINGRAY is an initiative that aims to create a platform to utilise unused and derelict public houses in city centre locations across the UK to create a community facility that supports local individuals at risk of homelessness, people not in education, employment or training and entrepreneurs.

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The Stingray

Project Subtitle

A Platform to utilise derelict public houses to create new community facilities.

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

United Kingdom, BIR, Birmingham

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom, BIR, Birmingham

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Stingray is an initiative that aims to create a platform to utilise unused/derelict public houses in city centre locations across the UK to create a community facility that supports local individuals at risk of homelessness, people not in education, employment or training and entrepreneurs.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

all the 15,000+ unused/derelict public houses in the UK were transformed in to new community facilities/social enterprises?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are 180,00 homeless individuals in the UK that require accommodation as well as support to access the skills, training and work experience required to gain employment and the ability to live on an independent basis - as well as 2 million people not in education, employment or training.

Across the UK 10,000 public houses have closed within ten years with an average rate of 25 a week/1300 a year that continue to become unused/derelict.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

To create a model and platform that can be scaled and replicated on a national basis across the UK that can redevelop unused/derelict public houses to create new community facilities that offer accommodation for individuals at risk of homelessness as well as run social enterprise initiatives, like a canteen and retail store, that offer training, work experience, apprenticeships and support for individuals to gain employment within the service and retail sectors.

The model and platform provides the accommodation, support, training and work experience required for the participants to gain employment and the ability to live on an independent basis within redundant community-based assets within local areas.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The initial The Stingray platform aims to provide accommodation and support for 12 individuals at risk of homelessness as well as partner with a local entrepreneur and 3 charities to create the canteen and retail store to provide 20 full and part-time positions and 4 apprenticeships as well as offers 50+ individuals not in education, employment or training a year with access to training, work experience and support to gain employment within the service and retail sectors.

The model allows individuals at risk of homelessness in the UK to be offered accommodation as well as gain the support, training and work experience required, on one site, to gain employment and the ability to live on an independent basis.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The project has identified the partners to set-up, run and manage the initial The Stingray platform.

The project aims to work with its partner Next Step Housing Association and investor Everards to replicate the initial model on a national basis to scale the commercial and social impact it creates to support individuals from disadvantaged and socially excluded backgrounds.

The projects 5 year aim is to create 5 platforms across the UK that in total accommodate 60+ individuals at risk of homelessness, provide 120 part and full-time positions, 20 apprenticeships and training and work experience for 250+ individuals.

The project is also open to replicate the platform on an international basis in year 5+ on a social franchise model that supports organisations based abroad to utilise the models partners and investor/s in the UK to create commercial and social impact in new markets.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The Stingray full impact potential is to work with project partners and investors to create platforms within the 15,000+ derelict/unused public houses across the UK that on an annual basis can create and offer:

- accommodation for the 180,000 individuals at risk of homelessness in the country
- part and full-time employment for 300,000 individuals
- apprenticeships for 60,000 individuals
- training and work experience for 750,000+ individuals

The project can also replicate the platforms model across demographics like Europe and North America that can facilitate the initiative abroad.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The Stingray generates income within the three sections that create the platform in the public house:

- housing benefit income on offering accommodation to local individuals at risk of homelessness
- rental income on the canteen section
- rental income on the retail section

The income supports the social and commercial development and sustainability of THE STINGRAY as well as its scale and replication of the model across the UK.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

The UK government spends £2bn a year accommodating 180,000 individuals at risk of homelessness in hostels/shelters as there is limited move-on accommodation because of a small national stock of social housing.

There are a number of work-based social enterprises, like Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, that offer homeless individuals training, work experience and support to gain employment.

This £2bn spend needs to be invested in models that can offer accommodation as well as the support, training and work experience required for individuals to gain employment and live on an independent basis.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

On completing a contract to set-up a Fashion Training and Manufacture Facility to train and employ female offenders as machinists Richard was approach by Dominic Bradley, Next Step Housing Association Managing Director, to create an initiative to support individuals within the organisations homeless hostel.

Richard designed and developed an initiative to redevelop derelict/unused commercial properties to provide move-on accommodation as well as run initiatives that offer the individuals training, work experience and support to gain employment.

Derelict public houses were identified as the best properties to utilise as units are already divided to offer accommodation and separate trading areas with 15,000+ derelict/unused in the UK.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Richard Leighton, The Stingray Founder, operates as a Social Entrepreneur.

The initiatives main partner is Next Step Housing Association and its investor Everards.

Dominic Bradley, Managing Director for Next Step, supports the models development and management with Richard Leighton.

Everards provide a Business Development Manager and Acquisitions Manager to help identify, acquire and redevelop the initial public house for the platform.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

The project is in development to launch - no awards/accolades entered for/received.

The changemakers Makers of More is the initial awards/accolades competition the project entered.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

On the Ashoka newsletter.

Tell us about your partnerships:

The initial platform aims to provide 12 units of move-on accommodation for individuals at risk of homelessness managed by Next Step Housing Association as well as run a canteen and retail store in partnership with local charities, social enterprises and entrepreneurs like - SIFA Fireside, Reach the People Charity, Birmingham Boys Brigade and Girls Association and Soul Food Project accompanied with support and investment off Everards.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The main challenge for the project is to search for, identify and redevelop the initial derelict/unused public house for the project.

Everards that aims to provide the investment to create the initial platform also offers the project support with its Property and Acquisitions Managers as well as a Business Development Manager to help the projects partners to search for, identify and redevelop a site the model can operate in.

Everards have searched for, acquired, invested in and developed around 170 sites - the practical support and investment aims to help the project overcome the challenges.

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1. Create awareness on the need to run business in the formal way.
2. Provide educateion on proper business procedures that promote sustainability and growth.
3. Provide personal mentoring to entrepreneurs.
4. Reach out to as many entrepreneurs as possible.
5. Promote business sturtups in rural hold

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NIC KENYA

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INCUBATOR BUREAU

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Year founded

2003

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, WE, NAIROBI

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, WE, NAIROBI

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

1. Create awareness on the need to run business in the formal way.
2. Provide educateion on proper business procedures that promote sustainability and growth.
3. Provide personal mentoring to entrepreneurs.
4. Reach out to as many entrepreneurs as possible.
5. Promote business sturtups in rural hold

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if all business ideas were realized, how will unemployment exist?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The operations of the bureau are meant to satisfy a need (market). That need is based on the following observations.
1. The informality and casualness in which such businesses are run.
2. The number of unemployed trying to etch out a living in every way possible.
3. The huge effort that the government and other development partners are putting to promote starting without involving the target group

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Based on all of the above observations the objectives of the bureau are:
1. Create awareness on the need to run business in the formal way.
2. Provide education on proper business procedures that promote sustainability and growth.
3. Provide personal mentoring to entrepreneurs.
4. Reach out to as many entrepreneurs as possible.
5. Promote business sturtups in rural holdings

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

the project will create employment

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

When fully established the bureau will have
1. 10575 entrepreneurs undergoing mentorship in the three levels. There will be approximately 225 entrepreneurs per county.
2. There will be 235 ground incubation centers with approximately 5 per County. Each ground incubator will hold 10 entrepreneurs having 2350 entrepreneurs housed in incubators. Among the 5 ground incubators in a county, one will be a resource center for the 225 entrepreneurs in the county. It is in the resource center that joint services like seminars will be offered. The resource center will also hold offices for the county service delivery administration.
3. The entrepreneur mentor ratio will be determined by the planned intensity of mentorship and the effort necessary to make visits to the rural scattered entrepreneurs.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The operations of the bureau will result in the following outcomes.
1. Raise awereness on the need for doing a business plan when starting a business.
2. Increase literacy on the overall business management.
3. Make business management a common topic for disscussion in both formal and informal gatherings.
4. Increase the number of business startups.
5. Make people comfortable in starting and running businesses in their own holdings.
6. Mitigate rural urban migration.
7. Make retired and active business executives active in improving and upgrading the informal business sector.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Providing credit to the enterprise cells will be essential. The general
public can be made to fund a Pamoja enterprise fund. The effort proposes to adopt the Mshwari model.By June 2014 Mshwari had collected 24 billion shillings. The effort proposes that the public gets involved to SAFE into Pamoja Enterprise Fund in the same way people save on Mshwari. The depositors will earn a small interest. The
government will partially sponsor the fund

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, NGOs, Businesses, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

other nongovernmental organizations that have not yet yet started the process

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

There has been many private initiatives in promoting development in Kenya. One such initiative was started in 2003 in the form of Newly Industrialised Country Kenya Promotions Ltd (NICKenya). The name of the company and the objective of the company was to help the country attain Newly Industrialized country status by the year 2020 as that was the country’s main target before it was superseded by vision 2030. The companies operations did not blosom as expected and were limited to doing feasibility studies for various business clients. The company continues on that limited role to this day.
It is only recently that NIC Kenya has been able to spare the necesssary effort to actualise the incubator bureau.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

ENGINEER WAMAE
MR. JOB ILANY

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

NONE

Where have you learnt about the competition?

BY BROWSING THE WEBSITE

Tell us about your partnerships:

NONE FOR NOW

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The objectives:
The operations of the bureau are meant to satisfy a need (market). That need is based on the following observations.
1. The widespread sprouting of businesses every where, most of them trade in nature.
2. The informality and casualness in which such businesses are run.
3. The number of unemployed trying to etch out a living in every way possible.
4. The huge effort that the government and other development partners are putting to promote starting and running of businesses.
5. The stagnation of the informal businesses being limited to entrepreneurship capacity building.

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Abiola

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Oyebanjo

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MB -YB.com

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My Bizz is Your Bizz (MB-YB)

Project Subtitle

Creating Africa's largest skills network for collaboration and development

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Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA, Lagos

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA, Lagos

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The MB-YB project is Africa's largest online skill hub where skills are harnessed, swapped and developed for economic value. It is aimed at creating an organized community for skill synchronization, development and collaboration for unemployed and underemployed Africans.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if every resourceful person in Africa has the opportunity to exchange his limited skills for value beyond his or her abilty

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

53 percent of new jobs created in Nigeria in 2014 were in the neglected informal sector. In a country where one out of every two persons is unemployed, the challenge is that the diverse existing skills are not properly harnessed. With untapped potentials for economic development; people don't know what skills they need to add up; how and where they can collaborate; how to harness their skills and improve them so as to create economic value

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A viable solution is an online network of skills database for collaboration and development. People will be invited to submit skills/resource they can give for free; skills they can give at a little cost and the ones they require to create economic value and new businesses. In closed web forums, ideas and projects will be discussed. Facilitators invited at specific times to fine-tune ideas and pilots. The network will help people identify, merge and swap skills based on their needs and availability in the database. Users on the platform will be mandated to contribute at least a skill. Skills are divided into five;Technical, Technological, Economic, Social and Mentorship.The MB-YB Team will help users identify and access required skills.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We shall be inviting all interested persons to contribute at least one skill from five main skills sets needed for job creation with our web platform. They include Technical (e.g Writing Business Plan, Fashion Designing), Technological (ICT, GPS), Economic (Volunteering, Finance), Social (Social Media Mgt, Fund Raising) and Mentor (Facilitators, Moguls). Users will set up their project, add up skills and scout for support team in the database. Users will indicate skills needed or receive automated suggested skill-need. MB-YB Board will ensure that each project is synchronized with missing skills and help each project create a project support team. Remuneration and partnerships rules will be suggested. Mentors will help to harness skills.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Our impact is to aid the implementation of 5000 new projects by mid-2015 and 10000 new projects by December 2014. The success is not that we are putting people into jobs but we are creating new jobs. These new jobs will employ people who are out of jobs while not displacing those that are already working. Currently only 0.8 percent of unemployed persons in 2013 got a job in 2014. The MB-YB will provide 20,000 jobs as 10,000 new projects are implemented on our web forum by the end of 2015; one project is expected to have at least two youth working on it. Our impact is to have a hub of 200000 skills from 100000 users contributing at least 2 skills each. This will be made possible as each user must contribute at least a skill/resource. The web platform will be highly social with forums for pictures, videos, blogs and business space as we leverage on existing social media platforms

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We will start by focusing on few industries especially in the informal sector including mechanical products, electrical product, catering, fashion, hand crafts, textile, food production, communication and information technology projects and in creative arts in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria. These are Nigeria's financial hubs with technological savvy people. We shall then spread to other states as we create networks within the website. We shall also spread the area of skills required based on researches and popular demand. We will partner with other online social networking site to enhance reach

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We will not be charging anyone in the first two years of creating the website and its database. With initial seed investment and stability gained , any user that enjoy our help setting up a project support team for project implementation will pay on advanced features of the website (E.g Accessing advanced facilitators and mentors who will not be available on normal forums). Also, users who dont have adequate points for some functions will buy

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

http://jokkolabs.net/en: an international virtual and physical network of entrepreneurs sharing values ​​of openness and collaboration.

www.swapz.co.uk: Swap site offering many goods and services.

www.readitswapit.co.uk: Book-swapping site.

www.u-exchange.com: Houses all over the world available for holiday exchange.

www.letslinkuk.net :Community networks which link people who want to swap skills.

Our unique capacity is the use of automated and interactive scheme to match and harness skills. We suggest collaborators, we train users and help to swap skills and resources

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

When I started searching for job which lasted for five years, rather than realize how there were less jobs to take or how less skillful I was, I realized that I was only not connecting with those needing my skills and that I needed to add little skills to the ones I have so as to enter into the globalized competitive job market. I realized that the solution to my unemployment is not in any school or skill center but that I can create new economies with my current skills by seeking for individuals who can give their skills at little or no cost and someone who I can also give mine to at no cost. So there is a Skill Mix Dilemma. I realized that every new economy is driven from the Informal sector and I saw a new formal world in it.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

OYEBANJO ABIOLA:
Social innovator, analyst and
commentator. He holds a Masters' degree
in Sociology of Development and he is the
founder of the 1864 initiative (a thinktank).
He is leading logistics, project
plan,design and conceptualization of
initiatives for the project. ADELUSI MAYOWA:
Mayowa is a Masters' degree student of
Information Science at the University of
Ibadan. He is a Certified
Information's System Auditor (CISA - ISCA)

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

None Yet

Where have you learnt about the competition?

changemakers.com

Tell us about your partnerships:

We will be partnering with social media networks like facebook, twitter and Linkedin so as to allow youth join our online network with ease and this partnership will also ensure that we leverage on skill sets patterns and data available on Linkedin

We shall partner with IT firms like NIIT to design and manage the database

We shall partner with capacity building organization like LEAP Africa to provide us with facilitators in business

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Current limitations include having a set of motivated board members who will join our current team with skills in IT, project management and social innovation to create platforms and forums. Another major challenge is marketing the website and idea. We will be needing facilitators and mentors who will be available at specific time for users. We also need seed funding for promising projects so we will inviting funders too but we will ensure that every user contribute small sum per time in the nearest future if he or she benefits from the forum

Drums in the Dark

Drums in the Dark seeks to change the existing paradigms & mental models around blind people. We aim at generating connections through respect, admiration & positive emotions.
This will be done by live music performances, corporate workshops & classes at elementary schools led by blind people.

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