Girls' development

Girls on the Run

Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.

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Akilah Institute for Women

The Student Tuition Deferment Program at Akilah will allow any student, regardless of means, to have access to an impactful education. We waive the school fees and allow them to repay them later. We want to discover all of the next innovators of East Africa.

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Mobile Women Computer Schools (Mobile - WOCS)

The aim of the Mobile WOCS project is making computer education accessible to women in order to provide them the necessary knowledge, political awareness and exposure to enable them know their rights and strive for effective democratic governance and accountability.

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Be The Change Project

Be The Change Project is a social enterprise which seeks to mentor young school girls on the values of acquiring artisan skills in addition to formal education. Apart from impacting culinary skills, it plans to host a Home Economics and Lifestyle challenge to equip home economics laboratories.

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Amina

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Oshiokpekhai

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Home Economics and Lifestyle Challenge for Secondary School Students

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

Year founded

2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nigeria, CT, Abuja

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, CT, Abuja

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Be The Change Project is a social enterprise which seeks to mentor young school girls on the values of acquiring artisan skills in addition to formal education. Apart from impacting culinary skills, it plans to host a Home Economics and Lifestyle challenge to equip home economics laboratories.

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

What if this project can be the elixir to unemployment in Nigeria?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The public education system in the 21st century Nigeria can no longer be ignored. Challenges of inadequately qualified teachers, consistently poor examination results, and absence of the most basic facilities and equipment to aid learning when putting theory to practice are just a few of the major problems facing the public education system in Nigeria today. We can no longer turn our faces away from these problems.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

As a Mandela Washington Fellow and a fortunate beneficiary of six weeks academic training in Business and Entrepreneurship, I developed a Home Economics and Lifestyle Challenge concept to grant a winning school a 21st century Home Economics Laboratory to aid learning of theory through practical exercises with the right tools and equipment. I have also started speaking and sensitizing these girls on the importance of acquiring entrepreneurial skills right from their teenage years using my success story and it has been a very rewarding experience for us all. The challenge will involve teachers and students from competing schools debating on skills and entrepreneurial issues and also on how they plan to preserve the equipment when provided.

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

If young people would make it mandatory to acquire a skill, then the problem of unemployment in Nigeria will be less severe. I developed my love for cake decorating and when I left my job it was easy to transit into a skill I had acquired earlier on. To this day, I find no reason to seek for paid employment because my entrepreneurial skill caters to all my needs. I was told that decorating cakes wouldn't open doors for me. But I diligently followed my passion and on that platform I was able to meet the current President and First Lady of the United States of America. I want to tell my story to young people and inspire them to start developing that idea they are passionate about now, using my competition as a medium to be the change.

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

From my research, I discovered that there are a minimum of 600 students in one year of the public school demographic which this project is designed for. So for year 1 to year 3, we have about 1800 students. These students are only aware of the theory aspects of home economics. A lot of them do not know how gas cookers or home electronics are operated. If we are able to provide well equipped Home Economics Laboratories for public secondary schools, these students will be able to learn the rudiments of health, food and sanitation, nutrition, financial literacy and budgeting and general lessons in self-sufficiency necessary to achieve personal satisfaction through practical tasks and they also become aware of the career opportunities related to each domain and then are able to make intelligent choices towards chosen career paths.

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

We agree that the problem of unemployment in Nigeria cannot be alleviated in one year, but we are convinced that if we encourage skill acquisition from secondary school level today, we would inspire a society that encourages entrepreneurship, a workforce that is competent and a country thriving with self-sufficient youthful population.

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

I am responsible for the minimal and affordable financial contributions. However, as we gain recognition, I intend to seek for funding from organizations to support this project as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Other.

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

No one is addressing this specific need.

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.

While in Business school at Northwestern University Illinois, we had a mentoring session, in which we were asked to mentor young people at the Youth Organization Umbrella Incorporated in Evanston, Illinois. And then one of the young girls stood up and spoke on the microphone on how my words have inspired her to keep pushing on and to be the best. I got a loud ovation for her speech and that was my Aha moment. I quickly called a friend in another institution in the same Mandela Washington Fellowship, saying we have got to do this for these young people!

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?

Currently, I am still the founder. Although, I and Mariam Shehu are in the process of registering the foundation into a formal entity. Our preferred Board members are very busy people and are yet to respond to our request.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

None

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Message sent to my inbox from Ashoka

Tell us about your partnerships:

I have very strong connections with The United States Embassy in Nigeria being an Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

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

The challenges may have been getting approval from the Universal Basic Education Board in Nigeria, fortunately, they applaud the initiative and are ready to give all their support.

References: Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

Mariam Shehu Mohammed. She is also an Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. She is a lawyer and my adviser for this project. moryahoh@yahoo.com 08030788944

Rabi Momoh. She is a banker with over 15 years experience. She has been a great mentor and always eager to support my aspirations. rabimomoh@yahoo.com +2348033215333

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Lincoln Education Services

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LINCOLN EDUCATION SERVICES

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Vocational Training and Career incubation

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2012

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, NAIROBI

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, MOMBASA AND NAIROBI

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Lincoln Education Services offers vocational training to disadvantaged youth and women who lack opportunities for training and employment.
We have a career incubation center that provides internships and career placements to our graduands.
We also help incubate their entrepreneurship ventures

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

Everyone with an opportunity helped elevate the disadvantaged in society?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Youth unemployment is threatening to deny Kenya the benefits of its demographic dividend and the prosperity and creativity that young people offer. It is also a sure route to marginalization, disaffection, crime and instability.
The problem is bigger in other parts of the country as compared to others.In Mombasa,the rate of youth unemployment is at 44%, which is more than double the national average of 21% and the city's economy is poor.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Quality of vocational training is a big driver of job creation.Training should not only impart the skills, but also ensure the skills are applicable after the course. Quality Vocational curriculum should include a life skills and entrepreneurship module and IT literacy, to give students a competitive advantage both in the job sector and in private ventures and prepare students for the real business environment.
There should exist strong industry partnerships to support disadvantaged students through job provision and entrepreneurship support.Support for youth initiatives from the government and other stakeholders is very vital in eradicating this unemployment epidemic that is now prevalent in not only Kenya,but Africa at large.

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

1.We offer vocational training.Our Curriculum includes other industry important modules like entrepreneurship,and Lifeskills.
2.We have formed partnerships with companies for employment placement of our graduates.
3.We offer our tailoring students internship,and get orders from uniform distributors and schools to make uniforms.These orders are carried out by our interns for income,and also gets them employed by clients who like their work.
4.We have partnered with Youth Enterprise Development Fund,which funds our students entrepreneurship ventures at incubation stage
5.We forward our youth to the above fund for employment abroad,under their youth employment scheme abroad
6.Our career Incubation center takes interns from other colleges

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

1.We have so far trained a total of 280 students since we started.
2.Our Career Center currently has 22 students,and has successfully placed 46 others in employment and entrepreneurship
3.We have assisted project incubation of 12 students with the help of youth fund
4.We currently have a total of 58 students,most of who are undertaking trailoring courses.
5.We have 3 schools and 4 uniform distributors that we are supplying with uniforms
6.We have offered internship to 8 students under the Kenya youth empowerment program,a government initiative
7.We are hoping to expand our career center to cater for at least 200 interns at any given time.
8.We are in the process of negotiating with the export processing zones to offer employment to our graduates
9.We are looking at opening one training center in vihiga,and a big one in,Nairobi which will accommodate 200 students,if we get funds

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

1.We are targeting government youth training programs, and have already applied and been pre-qualified by 3 county government,including Machakos, Kilifi and Kwale County.
2.We are looking at opening one training center in vihiga,and a big one in,Nairobi which will accommodate 200 students,if we get funding.
3.We are sourcing for Partnerships with stake holders e.g. the world bank through the Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme
4.We are also targeting approval as a county training centre by the National Industrial Training Authority, for students from the smaller colleges.

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

1.Through small payments by students
2.Through Registration fees at the career center by external students.
3.Through orders from clients to makes uniforms and other clothing.
4.Consultancy fees paid from other bodies e.g government on vocational training.
5.Examination fees paid by students from other colleges to sit for our exams,
6.Examination fees paid by students to use our center for the national exams

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

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

Government polytechnics offer vocational courses,But in Mombasa there is only one which can only handle a limited capacity,and is not easily accessible by students from remote parts.
There are also people who run tailoring and carpentry shops,who offer practical training.They do not have a structured curriculum like what we do,neither do they offer career support to students on course completion.Most of them are also located in the slightly better off locations economically and not remote areas.We have a curriculum consultant,who is widely experienced and has a masters in curriculum

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 business was started in 2006 as a computer training college in Mombasa, under the name “Kenya Institute of Computer Studies”. In 2012 we started the vocational training center, and merged the two. Our success as a computer training school has been very key in leveraging our IT expertise to add value to our student courses.
The decision to form a vocational center was informed by the observation of rampant unemployment in the area,and lack of a developed job market.We wanted to offer a course that would get our students employed,and the computer college was no longer doing that.
We therefore decided to start a vocational college,whose skills could also be applied in private entrepreneurship in case of lack of jobs.

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?

Mrs. Sophy Mwale-Director
Qualifications:MBA-business and Leadership,BCOM Marketing.
Mss.Diana Atonya-Branch Manager(Full Time)
Qualifications:Diploma in Business Administration
Mr. Robert Rabasa-Curriculum consultant(Part-time)
Qualification:Masters in Curriculum Development
Linet Riziki-Lead Trainer;Tailoring(Full Time)
Qualification:Government trade test Grade III
Mr. Patrick Mrenje-Lead Trainer;IT literacy(Full time)
Bachelor of IT

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

We have received social entrepreneur of the month award,for the month of september, by ideasspot.com, an online magazine.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From changemakers email alerts.

Tell us about your partnerships:

We have partnered with the Kenya Youth Empowerment Program,an in initiative of the Kenya private sector alliance funded by the government and the world bank.We offer finisher training in life skills to youth under the programme and also offer them internship at our institution for four months.
We also partnered with the youth enterprise development fund,to help support our students in entrepreneurship.

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

We experience a high drop out rate because of lack of finance.We have approached the county government of Mombasa to offer bursaries to some of our students to minimize this.We have also set up a career incubation center,which offers internships to our students,by getting orders from the industry which are carried out by the students for wage,which in turn helps them to clear their fee balances.
We have also approached government departments in charge of education to support students.

References: Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

Diana Atonya
She is the Local Manager of the programme in Mombasa.Dedicated and passionate and one of the forces behind the project.
Email: d.atonya@yahoo.com
Tel: +254 714 918 675

George Juma
Regional Coordinator,Youth enterprise Development Fund
Email: gjonyango@gmail.com
Tel: +254 725 500 444

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Soronko Solutions

Soronko Solutions is bringing women and girls in Ghana into the ICT space by providing them with the role models and tools to change them from consumers to creators of technology.

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CCREAD-Cameroon

Within Bangem Council area, more than 300 teenage girls are victims of unwanted pregnancies with more than 90% of them abandoned and drop our of schools. This project through a vocational training center trains 100 teenage mothers on ICTs, tailoring and hairdressing as empowerment alternatives.

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CCREAD-Cameroon

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Give abandoned teenage and single mothers an opportunity to emerge

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2010

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Not registered

Organization Country

n/a

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Bangem

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Within Bangem Council area, more than 300 teenage girls are victims of unwanted pregnancies with more than 90% of them abandoned and drop our of schools. This project through a vocational training center trains 100 teenage mothers on ICTs, tailoring and hairdressing as empowerment alternatives.

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

"What if young girls were to get better economic and social opportunities to emerge rather than turning them into victims of circumstances"

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Kupe Muanenguba Division of Cameroon, one of the most marginalized divisions in Cameroon, more than 300 teenage girls drop out of school due to unwanted pregnancies each year. 80% of these victims of circumstance end up becoming abandoned single mothers with no families to help out since most of them are sent out of the house. Under these circumstances, only skills which can fern off poverty are of help, reason for which this project started.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Haven established the need to empower abandoned teenage and single mothers with no alternative source of assistance through a baseline study, CCREAD-Cameroon's charity vocational training for teenage and single mothers in Bangem focuses on training on computer applications, Tailoring and Hairdressing with the hope of assisting teenage mothers to emerge socially and economically. Each since 2010, at least 100 are trained and more than 50% of trainees open their small scale enterprises, 30% get jobs with other business and enterprises while 20% decide to advance in their training each year. As a follow-up, these teenagers are educated on family planning at school and community level while the volunteers at the center defend their rights.

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

December 2011, one of the trainees from the charity vocational training center with 3 children at the age of 23 finished her training in Tailoring. CCREAD-Cameroon negotiated a micro loan and bought for a start up capital. By 2013, her tailoring shop is effective, all her children are effectively in school, while she is training 5 other teenage girls at her tailoring shop and other trainees are placed in her tailoring shop on internship. Before being trained, she was constantly violated by men, but today ends more than 150 USD/month from her business.

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

From 2010-2014,
- 182 teenage and single mothers have graduated from the charity vocational training center on tailoring and 83 of them are running their independent tailoring shops while the remaining are working as employees in bigger tailoring and designing shops
- 53 college level trainees on ICTs have graduated and 40 are currently serving as secretaries in enterprises and companies while 13 currently run documentation units offering paid services to the general public
- 60 teenage and abandoned single mothers have graduated from the hairdressing unit and 40 are running their own business while 20 are working with other business owners.
- 20 colleges within the council area have been engaged by our team to deliver family planning, human rights educational programs

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

- As from January 2014, CCREAD-Cameroon has developed a plan to expand the center to 3 other needy divisions in the South West Region of Cameroon
- There is a strong plan to include training on project and financial management within the training programs
- CCREAD-Cameroon is also mobilizing to set up a savings and loan facility for trainees to enable them get start up capital for their ventures upon graduation. These measures will make the project more sustainable with greater outreach

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

CCREAD-Cameroon is working on a plan to set up a micro finance facility for the project to build on the revolving fund which currently supporting the project though at a very small level.The ICT unit of the center has started opening a cyber space to the general public to generate income for maintenance and volunteer costs. The tailoring and hairdressing units have also started serving the public on weekends to raise running costs.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

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

The government had started an empowerment center before 2010 which stopped functioning because of poor management and huge fees demanded from trainees. Within the same geographical space, no other organizations or individuals are providing the same services.

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.

As a young development activist, I found credible evidence from a baseline study in 2009 that women and girls in most rural parts of Kupe Muanenguba Division do not have equal rights with men. At the end of the study, evidence showed that young girls as young as 10 years are introduced into sexual relationships with no knowledge and end up having unwanted pregnancies which marks that start of frustration, humiliation and stigmatization. By 2010, I had prepared ground works to assist these abandoned teenage mothers through the education of their children and the creation of a charity vocational training center to give life and generational skills to abandoned and marginalized single and teenage mothers.

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?

1. Team Leader: Hilary Ngide (9 years of work experience, MS.c degree in environment and development, Dip in Leadership, PGC in Project management and BS.c in Geography and planning)
2. Belinda N.M: Supervisor of the charity vocational training center, trainee mentor, counselor and community mobilizer. She has a BS.c in sociology and anthropology and 4 years of similar work experience
3. Remitus Enah Ntungwe 4. Lyn Tim 5. Etienne Mponne.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

In 2012, The Council of Bangem and The Delegation of Women's Empowerment and Family warded this project a certificate of recognition for the successes recorded.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Have email subscription with Changer-makers and received alert from fundsforNGOs

Tell us about your partnerships:

The Council of Bangem supports the project administratively, the Kitchen Table charitable trust provided a micro grant for the purchase of some equipments, the Feminist Review trust funds the human rights/violence on women and girls to address root causes of the problems CCREAD-Cameroon is addressing. These partners have laid a foundation which the project is working on. The Bangem Credit Union is also providing micro capital.

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

At the moment and at this stage of the project, our trainees need alternative training on financial management, project management which is still developed at a slow pace. Many teenage girls approach us for training more than we can accommodate given the limited training space and equipment. However, we have continued approaching different stakeholders such as this competition hopping to expand the training center.

References: Please provide two references with a two-sentence biography, email address, and phone number for each

1. The Delegation of women Empowerment and the Family. This department, an arm of the local government provides administrative and legal support and coordinates the certification of our programs
Email of contact Delegate: luciadipita20@yahoo.com Tel: +678983779
2. ESD Academy Cameroon: A strong partner providing financial and volunteering support to the trained teenage girls and the center as a whole
Email: admin@esdaccademy.org

The Chonde Project

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Succeed Magazine

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play your way through life..

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Not registered

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Malawi, Lilongwe

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Malawi, Lilongwe

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Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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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Laurel Personality Development

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Empowering Out of School Girls through Passion Fruit

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Year founded

2012

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Hybrid

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Uganda, KYE, Kyenjojo

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KadAfrica builds resilient farming communities centered around the empowerment of young women. 1500 out of school girls have gained sustainable livelhood options as young agro-entrepreneurs cultivating passion fruit, while reinvigorating commercial fruit farming in Western Uganda.

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

What if out of school girls could drive rural economies by becoming entrepreneurs engaging in high-value cooperative fruit farming?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Uganda, economic dependence is a primary driver of the many injustices facing out of school girls; as a result, they have limited choices and are often forced into early marriages or risky behaviors. Girls typically have limited access to small tracts of land with little knowledge of how to turn this resource into generated income. Additionally, poor agriculture practices and cultural stigmas have further discouraged entry into agriculture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

KadAfrica uses an integrative approach combining hands-on and curriculum based learning, that recognizes the interconnectedness between economic security and poor choices or risky behaviors among out of school girls in Western Uganda. In addition to gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training, girls are provided a 240m2 plot with 45 passion fruit vines to set up their own agribusinesses, intense technical support, and a ready market. Girls yield on average 100-150 kgs of fruit per month, garnering an income of $40-$50 over the same time period. These girls are not only earning and learning how to manage an income, they are becoming leaders in their communities and actively engaging in their local economies.

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

Girls are provided with cash purchase of passion fruit by KadAfrica which allows them to apply their newly acquired business acumen and profits realized through agriculture to expanding their farms or their entrepreneurial repertoire. One successful young woman, Beatty, has started a nursery school with her passion fruit money. Not only does she now have an additional source of income, but 75 children are benefitting from preschool care at the hands of this amazing young entrepreneur. These young women like Beatty have become inspirations to their communities. Not only do their families come out to support them at the farm, but KadAfrica now has a pending waitlist of more than 1200 farmers wanting to participate in our programming.

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

As the largest passion fruit farm in Uganda, KadAfrica has worked with more than 1500 out of school girls to build successful agribusinesses. KadAfrica has published a manual on smallholder cultivation of passion fruit, provided seedlings, trainings and inputs, agronomy support, and a ready market for girls' passion fruit. Our young entrepreneurs have undergone gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training; they have planted over 60,000 passion fruit vines on 90+ acres provided rent free by partners in Western Uganda, to be bulked marketed with KadAfrica's own production. On average these young women have earned more than $300 each, and collectively saved more than $2,500 over the past year. Through this model, KadAfrica has become a primary exporter of passion fruit, linking these out of school girls and their communities to markets in Kampala, the EU and UK.

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

Our model is based on a two-stage scale-up: first empower, and then process. Now that we have proven our concept, and begun scaling from 250 out growers to more than 1500, we are looking to grow to more than 3000 out growers over the next 1-2 years. Once we hit this level we would have the volumes necessary to process KadAfrica passion fruit into pulp and supply juice companies with Ugandan pulp—rather than pulp being sourced from Asia. This would allow us to purchase from out growers at a price point of 30% higher than what is currently sustainable, keeping wealth within Uganda.

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

Financial sustainability is key to KadAfrica’s model, with funding coming from the sale of passion fruit from our own and out grower production. Currently, our network produces of 9 tons per month. Through an innovative hub-spoke model facilitating bulked marketing and reduce transport costs, KadAfrica has been able to expand from 250 to more than 2000 out growers over the last year using less than 50% donor money.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, Businesses.

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

TechnoServe runs a project promoting increased incomes for smallholder passion fruit farmers in Eastern Uganda. KadAfrica worked extensively with TechnoServe in the design of its out grower model to improve upon transport, marketing, and other difficulties. Staff explained that they faced resistance when engaging target populations towards passion fruit as a viable crop. Since, TechnoServe has begun a fieldtrip program to the KadAfrica Estate to exemplify the possibilities for commercial production in Uganda; the Estate is made available to all girls and contributes to bulked marketing.

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.

Driving from Uganda to Kenya I had a stark realization as crossing the border roads became lined with thriving, large-scale agricultural ventures that did not exist in Uganda. Why is so much lush land sitting unutilized as imports flow across the border to satisfy demand? Through meetings and hours of research I learned that 70% of the passion fruit in Uganda—a popular fruit made into juice—was imported. With fertile soils and high altitude, Ugandan farmers could be fully capable of meeting demand if equipped with the skills and inputs to grow the high value fruit. The vertically growing vine is ideal as it affords smallholder farmers space to grow ground dwelling crops for consumption while generating income through passion fruit.

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?

KadAfrica has 5 full time staff, including a Managing Director, Director of Business Development, our "Market Maverick", and two full time Agronomists. We also have two Agriculture Extension Workers and 12 Field Facilitators. To build our network, we have built an amazingly supportive advisory board consisting of investors and experienced social entrepreneurs. We hope to add an additional 18 field facilitators to support our growth by Q4 2015.

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KadAfrica is a 2014 SEED Africa Award Winner and Eric is a proud 2014 Unreasonable Fellow. KadAfrica was named as a 2013 Young Achievers Africa Award Winner in the Agriculture and Agro-Processing Category, awarding young Ugandans for best practices and excellence and youth creativity. It was also awarded the in the Agriculture Category at the 2013 Pakasa Youth Forum. KadAfrica was a 2013 Semifinalist for the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award and first runner up in the 2013 Global Social Venture Competition in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.

Tell us about your partnerships

KadAfrica operates through a public private partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Caritas. These partnerships allow KadAfrica to source land rent-free for out of school girls through an innovative post-paid/in-kind rental plan with the Catholic Church, while providing curriculum based trainings for program participants. Caritas acts as the link between Catholic Relief Services, KadAfrica, and the Catholic Church, helping to secure contracts with parish priests. Caritas also aids in the mobilization of the community and helps to manage 12 field facilitators who work with the girls daily and are trained as Agriculture Extension Workers by KadAfrica. Catholic Relief Services provides gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training to the girls. Through its network of farmers savings groups in Western Uganda, it also helps the girls organize savings and pool resources for the success of their agri-businesses.

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

KadAfrica has grown at an incredible rate since getting its seed investment in November 2012, and embarking on our out grower model in May 2013. With 1500 farmers in our network, and a wait list of more than 2000 KadAfrica is currently understaffed to continue our current growth trajectory while providing the same high quality, hands on technical agriculture support that has been key to the girls' success. KadAfrica plans to add an additional 18 trained field facilitators to our staff to support our young entrepreneurs, and help to increase the efficiency of on-site packing, payment, and pick up of all out grower passion fruit for urban wholesale. Currently, we are in the final due-diligence round of a "Bridge" investment round that will make this internal growth possible.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

KadAfrica equips young out of school girls with the resources and skills necessary to become independent, economic drivers of their communities by engaging in agriculture entrepreneurship. Out of school girls constitute a large segment of Uganda’s most vulnerable youth with only 42 percent of girls finishing primary school and only 33% of those continuing their education to 18 years of age. Dropping out of school has serious implications for girls’ social and physical well-being, making this group particularly vulnerable. Girls in rural areas face greater obstacles to completing higher levels of education and are left with few economic and life options once they have left school. Early marriage and pregnancy tend to follow school drop-out which greatly affects their ability to improve their financial situation. By creating viable agro-enterprise ventures cultivating passion fruit, KadAfrica is building strong cooperatives of women, able to meaningfully engage with their local economies through self employment and participation in the agriculture sector. Girls' newly acquired business acumen has allowed them to expand their agro-enterprise on other locally available land, often deciding to pool resources. This job security for rural young women is further complimented through creating wider social cohesion for rural communities, who are able to learn from the girls and replicate their agricultural successes with passion fruit farming.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Rural Economies.

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Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

1,001 to 10,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Unlock Nurturing Environments: help young people work together to cultivate opportunities and wellness throughout the earth and its communities

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KadAfrica

KadAfrica builds resilient farming communities centered around the empowerment of young women. 1500 out of school girls have gained sustainable livelhood options as young agro-entrepreneurs cultivating passion fruit, while reinvigorating commercial fruit farming in Western Uganda.

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Youth First

The Young Women Leadership Program is designed to enhance the capability of young women, aged 18-24, to develop policy and programs that respond to Malagasy realities and needs.

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Young Women leadership Program

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2011

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Madagascar, AN, Antananarivo

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Madagascar, AN, Antananarivo

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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in October 2014, our program was identified by the UNFPA country office and the Ministry of Youth as one of youth initiatives that needs to be scalled up. We were granted 3500 USD for scale up.
Our program also received the recognition of the US EMbassy as a nursery for future applicants for the Mandella Fellowship and was awarded a small grants in that regards

Tell us about your partnerships

We are partnering with ExxonMobil through their Women Economical Empowerment program. This is a strategic partnership as there are a lot of mining company who are investing in the country but with a weak CSR program, so by demonstrating how we impact malagasy people live's using support from ExxonMobil we will incentivise other private company to invest with us.
The Ministry of Youth and the UNFPA as major guardian for youth programming as been identify for political support and local ownership of the program. Our program was identified by these two organisations as a youth initiative that needs to be scalled up.
The US Embassy was embarked on board for institutional reason. As a youth led organisation we needed as much institution who can validate our program and linking our program to the US EMbassy leadership program insured national recognition of our program

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

So far our main challenge is to convince young women that they can improve their lives and can be leaders too. Our first batch of trainee were the greatest ambassador of the program, using social media, and traditional media, we are featuring stories to share the successes of the program and not only it has increased our network of support, future trainees but most importantly increase our list of prospective funders

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

The Young Women Leadership Program is designed to enhance the capability of young women, aged 18-24, to develop policy and programs that respond to Malagasy realities and needs. Youth First’s approach to leadership development is anchored on the belief that action learning is best achieved through a combination of methods that include practice, dialogue, exposure to new information and new perspectives, and personal reflection. The training is conducted with the acquisition of new skills, team work and critical reflections. Apart from developing their leadership skills at a personal level and in their communities, participants foster social innovation through the development of a community project to be implemented. During the course of the program, participants are supported to develop a project for change to be implemented by themselves andat the end of the program, a group of experts select up to five projects to receive small grants from Youth First.
During the program we suport each participants to develop a career plan and at the end we peer them up with a mentor who offers support and guidance. Our organisation insure 6 months followup for each mentorship peer and insure 12 months follow up for each participants individual progress

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Professional Development, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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EmoART

EmoART is a non-profit organization created to stimulate self-development in teenage girls across Africa using the arts as a medium of expression and instruction in order to empower them to represent female ability and disprove the false idea that inferiority is inherently or naturally female.

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Empowering Africa to discover, discuss & deconstruct Sexism with Art

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

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

United States, MA, Amherst

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, GT, Johannesburg

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

EmoART is a non-profit organization created to stimulate self-development in teenage girls across Africa using the arts as a medium of expression and instruction in order to empower them to represent female ability and disprove the false idea that inferiority is inherently or naturally female.

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

Can you imagine how many new services and products would be created if people considered women as important creators and consumers of change?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In 2011-2012, the South African Police Services reported 48,060 rape cases. However, the Medical Research Center(MRC) admits that only 1 in 25 rape cases are reported. The MRC reports that the statistics of Gender Based Violence including but not limited to rape will remain, if not increase, for it is the stereotypes of female inferiority that reproduce the system of violence.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

EmoART utilizes the psychological and physical benefits of artistic performance to engage and empower African girls and boys from less privileged societies to create new and measurable leadership & entrepreneurial efforts that relieve their immediate communities, and eventually, create a progressive Africa sustained by the equal and equally valued efforts of all sexes. With the expertise of professional artists, we have designed a curriculum that uses art to discover, discuss and deconstruct sexism in the cultural norm. The participants are trained as peer mentors and given the liberty to redesign and implement the EmoART curriculum in any format/language that makes the content relevant to the specific needs of their distinct communities.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Lebo lives in a shack house in the South African slums of Soweto; he just moved back to Johannesburg after his mum ran away from his abusive father. He hates himself for joining his classmates to gang rape a girl walking back home from school; he only saw an opportunity to fit in and he took it. Lebo who raps in his free time can become an EmoART member and get confidence lessons through speech lessons. He feels he can also take advantage of the songwriting tutoring lessons to improve his lyricism. He is really excited about this week's entrepreneurship challenge because he gets to pick a partner to rewrite a song he used to like till he found out that the lyrics actually made him think that it was okay to call women offensive names.

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

In three years, EmoART has:
• Acquired 2-year partnership with Ernst & Young SA for annual girls’ boot camp by expanding scope of brand message.
Secured $5000 grant from Liebman foundation and $500 from the Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation through a clear and persuasive funding proposal.
Achieved 100% participant satisfaction through project curriculum based on relevant scientific and psychological research &data analysis.

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

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

Creative Entrepreneurship.
(Creativity + stability+ Sustainability)We organize an annual awareness week where professional investors and members of their immediate societies rate their interest in each original idea. The EmoART team is designing a website where we can publish the kids' ideas and partner with organizations/foundations to translate digital approval of public supporters (e.g. likes) into cash kept in an emergency fund for each kid

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

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

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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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Bwaise Youth Employment Centre

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre provides disadvantaged Ugandan youth aged 16-25 years living in Kampala's poorest slum areas with appropriate tools for employment and give them skills for professional development, developing a supportive network, finding suitable role models

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Action For Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD)

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Bwaise Youth Employment Centre

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Engaging Youth in Kampala’s Poorest Areas

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Uganda, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, Kampala

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

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre provides disadvantaged Ugandan youth aged 16-25 years living in Kampala's poorest slum areas with appropriate tools for employment and give them skills for professional development, developing a supportive network, finding suitable role models

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

What if youth were the CEO's of all businesses in Sub-saharan Africa

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Bwaise is the poorest slum area in Kampala capital city with a population of 90,000 people, 82% are surviving on less than $2 USD a day. over 1,000 young girls are engaged in the sex trade. Literacy is low, with more than 50% of residents having not attended primary school. About 65% of the population are young people between 15 and 25 years. Poverty, lack of prospects, substandard education makes slum youth involved in criminal activities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre enrolls 600-800 youth every year on a 3 months hands-on vocational skills training in - Computer Graphics art and Design, Hair Dressing Beauty and Cosmetology, Catering and Food services, Electrical Installation, Tailoring and Fashion Design, Photography and Video Editing, Art and Local Craft among others.

As part of the program, the youth are equipped with entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, soft and hard skills for career and professional development ("How to make it in the Contemporary Business World").
At the end of the trainings, The youth take one month internships to get exposed to the working environments.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Please allow me to share a story by Mugisha one of our beneficiaries that he posted on facebook, "Hallo am mugisha haffiizu am a pionner at bwaise youth employment center i waz studying electronics my father had died but i still had a belief that i can be a winner. This came in the period when i had finished my s.4 My grand mum who lives in bwaise is the one who showed me the way to byec but becoz byec i have managed 2 get skills in repaire n maintainance,i contribute some money on my skul fees n now i went bac 2 skul n am in s.5.Not only that since i waz a principle judge i got the leadership skills n now am the elected head prefect in my skul,indeed thank u BYEC 4 shaping me long live byec,long live afcad,long live the U.S embassy."

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

• In November 2013, a total of 630 youth were selected to take part in the program (441 female -189 male = 630), 424 Muslims, and Christians, 206 aged 16 – 25 years
• From January 2014 the project has enrolled 630 young people, 565 have successfully completed the training 290 (192 female and 96 male) in the 1st and 275 (195 female and 80 male) in the 2nd cohort.
Am glad to communicate that 557 (397 female and 160) male youth completed the program. 311 youth have found employment as a result of our project. 20% of them have started up their own local business and 96 from the second intake are still enrolled on their internships.

By December 2014, we will have empowered 1000 youth

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

By 2020, we want to establish 5 vocational skills building centres. Each of the youth centres will empower 1000 youth every year totaling to 5000.

In 3 years over 1300 independent businesses created by the graduates and 2800 youth employed by other businesses.

This project will reach over 16,400 indirect beneficiaries. Each of the 1300 businesses created will employ a minimum 3 people totaling to 3900 other youth. The 2800 locally employed youth will improve their livelihoods and that of 8400 households since each beneficiary has an average of 3 dependents including their own children

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

We have established a business unit that promotes the centre activities in the community with an aim of generating income for the running of centre.

We established a student’s alumni network to organize annual get together social events for fundraising purposes.

We will start to host events at the Centre’s gardens, hire the public address system, chairs, tents and our Board room space for community meetings. Among others

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

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

Uganda Youth Development Link
CEDA International/ Youth Engaged Program.

The difference

We the founders and trainers of Bwaise Youth Employment Centre are youth between 22 and 28 years born, raised and live in Bwaise where we operate.

We have more training skills compared to the above partners and we also enroll youth who have never been to school (illiterates).

In addition, the project provides IT training to the youth on how to strategically use ICT (including Internet, social media, Web 2.0 and mobile technology) to market, expand and sustain their business ventures.

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 raised in Bwaise, the most deprived and largest slum area in Kampala. At the age of 11, my first job as a tap operator, I would also carry water, picked garbage and sold metal scrap to pay for my education, clothing and food. At 15 years, I used the computer skills I had learnt at school to make profiles for HIV orphans and tried to find them each a sponsor to pay for their school fees. Later in 2009, I together with 3 fellow young people formed Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD) a community based organisation to transform Kampala’s poorest areas by empowering the young people through health, education and economic empowerment.

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?

Centre Administrator
Deputy Centre Administrator
Executive Secretary
Finance Manager
Programs Manager
Administrator

We have a team of 6 full-time staff and 3 volunteers and 7 trainers. These are creative and vibrant youth from Bwaise with more than 6 years exprience of running community small and large funded projects.

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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

Rotary Vocational Award Oct. 2014, Kampala Uganda
Winner, Kafka International Youth Icon Award, September 2014, Lahore, Pakistan
Slum Ambassador for Youth and Children in Uganda, March 2014
Finalist, Young Achievers Award- Leadership and Social Enterprise, December 2013, Kampala Uganda
Winner, Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award- Conviction, October 2013, Louisville Kentucky, USA

Tell us about your partnerships

The Establishment of Bwaise Youth Employement Centre (BYEC) was supported by the US Mission in Uganda with a one-year grant of $ 87,000 USD

The Barclays bank Uganda has donated training materials and has agreed to provide start up kits to over 350 youth.

Work Aid Uk has agreed to donate training equipments including sewing and knitting machines

Y-Save, Barclays bank Uganda and Finca Micro finance have facilitated financial literacy trainings

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

Some youth fail to accomplish the trainings because of personal or family challenges or maybe they found a job or they migrated to another area.
Some training equipments are expensive like the Photography and Video Editing (Video and Digital cameras,)
Materials used in practical examinations were not budgeted for
Internship places are had to find for all the youth
The number was so big, we had to create three sessions in a day (Morning, afternoon, evening) and this was so constraining for one trainer
Maintenance of damaged equipments was often because of they were used by the big number of students.
Over 1300 youth had applied but we could not enroll of them at the same time because the space was not enough.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Bwaise Youth Employment Centre enrolls 600-800 youth year on a 3 months hands-on vocational skills training in - Computer Graphics art and Design, Hair Dressing Beauty and Cosmetology, Catering and Food services, Electrical Installation, Tailoring and Fashion Design, Photography and Video Editing, Art and Local Craft among others.

As part of the program, the youth are equipped with entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, soft and hard skills at the job for career and professional development. The youth take on one month internships at the end of the trainings to get exposed to the working environments. The best youth are provided start-up materials or cash to set up and sustain their own businesses as a means to get out of poverty.

We also connect our trainees to the Banks and government to provide start up funds and materials to help them start their own businesses

In addition, the project provides IT training to the youth on how to strategically use ICT (including Internet, social media, Web 2.0 and mobile technology) to market, expand and sustain their business ventures.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship, Financing.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Kuminina Social Initiative

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Omaputu Village, Ohangwena Region, Namibia
Namibia
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 Kuminina is an Oshiwambo word for ‘carry one another’, it is often used to refer to the act of an elder carrying a young child on their back. There could be no better title for this project, other than Kuminina, whose central objective is to empower the younger generation within the spirit of Ubuntu.

Safe Water & Sanitation Embassy, Nigeria

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Safe Water & Sanitation Embassy, Nigeria

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Water Sanitation & Hygiene in School Project

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

Year founded

2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Nigeria, ED, BENIN

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, ED, BENIN

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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?

This business is all about organising Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) enlightenment programme for schools and at the same time sell liquid soaps and disinfectants to the school. Due to the WASH social service, more schools will be motivated to patronise the business thus it will be sustainable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

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

The market for this business are Primary and Secondary Schools in Nigeria. Their is no other business with this marketing strategy in Nigeria.

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.

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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Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

Non yet

Tell us about your partnerships

We hope to partner with Rural Water Supply and Sanitation and UNICEF.

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

Lack of trust and cooperation from school administrators could hinder the success of this Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in School Project. I hope to mitigate this problem by using well known and respected citizens of the society as my intermediary.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

This idea is aimed at developing the capacity of young people so as to make them entrepreneurs and also contribute to improving the sanitary conditions in schools through enlightenment and behaviour change.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

6-12, 13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Products or Services.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Other.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Lack of youth empowerment

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DUNK Grassroots

Many youth in Ghana are faced with the struggle living their dream versus reality when practicing sports. (Is it very crucial when it comes to youth dreams against reality) It's this view that the Youth Employment through Sports (YETS) project was created.

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DUNK Grassroots

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Youth Employment Through Sports (YETS)

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2014

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Not registered

Organization Country

Ghana, Mamobi-Nima

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, Nima

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

Many youth in Ghana are faced with the struggle living their dream versus reality when practicing sports. (Is it very crucial when it comes to youth dreams against reality) It's this view that the Youth Employment through Sports (YETS) project was created.

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

What if........ little minds were the reason for our living tomorrow?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The International Federation Association of Basketball has objected about the old age of referees. Needless to say there are no room or opportunities created to nurture young youth in Ghana with interest to practice their refeeing skills. The association currently has about 7 referees equals 100% of the basketball community.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Creating a platform for youth to be trained as Referess and coaches to fill up the spaces in the basketball association and also meeting the requirements of the International Federation of Basketball Association.
1. Identfy 15 individuals from the various Grassroots program in Ghana to sign up willingly.
2. Acquire the referiing association in Ghana to offer training
3. A FIBA body to evaluate and certify trainees.
4. Graduates get registered in the referee association

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

With this project, 10-15 youth from various grassroots sports program will be identied through their coaches to the training. Meanwhile the Ghanan Association are invited on baord through the chairman of the association withmaterials for training funded by this project.
Training will last for 5 days with an additional evaluation days by a FIBA lincened body.
Qualify youth will be registered with the Ghana referees association.
With their certification, they can officiate locals games while gaining experience to step on the international stage to represent Ghana.

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

The Impact of this project is recurring. The poject can be replicate and be adopted nationwide and neighbouring countires who face similar challenges.
The project again bridges the challenge of youn athletes who live the fantasy of becoming pro, not facing reality or taking their education serious. this helps them undertsand the various opportunities in the field of sports while allwing them to be involved.around the sports they love most.

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

Projecting this project, the idea will be to some extent have a junior referees and coaches association across the nationa.... where potentials are tapped unto the international scene, receiving first hand training while while building youth for employemnt opporunities as well as developing a sound sporting industry in the counrty.

This is replicated among neighboruing countries.

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

The plan is to plough back earnings into the association for further trainings.
Also with due time and the success of this project would compell a system change and the involvement of the fedaration. This help cut down cost as certain facility and equipments will be donated for further trainings.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Other.

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

N/A

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.

“Culture Park” Basketball Court –as commonly known- was built in the 80s as a way to keep youth from Nima-Mamobi from engaging in illegal activities. Over the years, many of those pursuing Basketball as leisure were hired by the Services for their Basketball Skills (Prisons, Fire Service, Police, Customs, etc). Though the facility remains, we hardly see children and youth using it. However the place is always vibrant and full of young ones. Some would be selling, some would be climbing trees and doing acrobats on big stones, some would be riding bicycle and many would be playing football. These activities not being monitored, not a day passes without a fight and most times, many fights.

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?

Board of Advisors (Part-Time)
Directors (Full time)
Program Coordinators (Full time)
Coaches (full time & part time)
Voulnteers/Partners (part-time)

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In 2013, we were honored to receive a grant from German corporation GIZ for an employability skills project together with 2 African organizations (BUSA), (whizzkidds in South Africa) and a German partner (RheinFlanke). 15 youth from Nima were trained to become coaches and referees. 1 out out the 15 youth got certified later by the National sports council. With the certifcation he can apply for a job as a certified moduel 1 basketball coach.
It is our goal to have the 14 other youth to particiapte in this course organized by FIBA and to be certified as youg coaches and Referees. ChangeMakers coaching, training and funding with definitely be a strong hold of this project to be a success.

Tell us about your partnerships

DUNK was selected by Reach for Change in 2011 as one of the 5 promising social entreprises in Ghana. DUNK received a 3 years 75000$ grant.

DUNK for the past two years have created partnership between Lincoln studen, teachers and the youth from Nima. Currently, Lincoln teachers are running DUNK's after-school turtoring program.

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

Challenge:
Although these youth have under go some coaching and referring training to some extent, they will need to be evaluated by a FIBA lincened body. This authorized body comes in once a year to evalaute participants and certification are granted to only 18years and above.
All youth from Nima in this project are below 18years.

Solutions:
During games and tournaments in Accra, we conivnce organiser to get a spot for these youth to referree and coaching amidst huge crowd. The idea is to have the crowd as the first evalutaion point for these kids. This is footage and share with the sports council and Fiba lincense body as an advocay to change the system of getting certified at 18years.

Secondly, these youth with take part in most most clinics in and around the counrty (Togo, Benin, Cote D'ivoire) to showcase their coaching and refeering skills to a larger population.
Again, the solution will be to let the coomunity, people speaks on behalf of these youth after seeing them exhibit all the knowledge they have acquired to be certified at earlier age.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

FIBA, which is the International Fedebration of basketball Association recently agrued on the rusty and old age of referees and coaches from Ghana. They want change. change in system and the ooportunity for young coaches and refeeres to step on the international and learn as they grwo through it.
So far these are the only youth in Accra going through refeering and coaching training.
As basketball is on the rise in Ghana, and international school like Lincoln Community School and always on the look to hire young energetic youth for a coaching job, running clinics and summer programs both here and in the United States.
A strong connection was recently build between a coach from DUNK and Seneca Camp Lake. They requested for more young coaches from the DUNK program to run their basketball activites in the USA during summer.

The timing is perfect as these kids can concentrate on their education while earning a god money during summer working as coaches and refeeress here and overseas.

This also nurture their growth and experience as they get older and decide what path to stay on.

Finally, all these youth are part of a basketball team, they have strong passion fior the game and have dreams of playing professionsl.

As from an experience perspective, most of them can not make to the professional level. This project is also some kind of an alternative to allow these youth from Nima the opportunity to stay around the game they have ever loved Basketball with no regrets of shuttured dreams.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship, Policy & Analysis.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Lack of youth empowerment

Scientibox

Scientibox is a transmedia project which aims to help children develop a taste and curiosity for science in a fun way. The project is mainly centered on subscription to a monthly box; each box has a specific theme.

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The School Club Zambia

The School Club Zambia is a Zambian Non-Governmental Organisation and UK Charity working in partnership with schools to start and manage school-run businesses with the aim of generating much needed funds for school resources and opportunities for vocational education.

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Soma Girls

Those girls need our full support for education, health care, nutrition and anything else to survive.

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The girls in Soma need our help to survive

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2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Turkey, Soma

Country where this project is creating social impact

Turkey, Soma

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

Those girls need our full support for education, health care, nutrition and anything else to survive.

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

What if your little girl was left in dark after you're dead?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

On 13 May 2014, an explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Manisa, Turkey, caused an underground mine fire, which burned until 15 May. 301 people (maybe more) were killed in what was the worst mine disaster in Turkey's history. Now their children are left behind. They need education and psychological support.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Let's collect Unilever products' packs at the special boxes on the streets. We tell the people what we are going to do, and ask for their help, too. For every 10 (maybe more) full box, we could support a child as education and health care. Those children are our future. Let's make this future better, together. And also, we can contribute the recycling at the same time.

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

For example, the father is dead in family; mother cannot work because baby needs care. More probably, the older sister who is at school age, have to work instead of going school. But if we support this family financially, that girl can continue to her education.

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

301 people are dead. That means we have approximately 600 children. Let's say 300 of them are school age and 150 of them are girls. By helping this project, we can save 150 children's future and their dreams. As you know, for woman, this life is extra hard.

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

We will take 2 or 3 girls as samples. We will implement the idea on those children and their families. We will also provide them psychological support. After 6 months we will be getting almost certain results. If they are better, we will keep going and expand the group. We will support them until they turn the age 18.

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

To inform the people every month (maybe) with commercials, ads etc.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, NGOs, Customers.

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

To be honest, I don't know the other people.

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 father died when I was 5. Since then, life is pretty rough to me.

After I saw the news about Soma, the only think was those girls. Because I know what is going to be like. I am newly graduated from university. I cannot financially support them by myself. But together, yes we can.

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?

I don’t have a team. I am the only one.

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Waste and Packaging, Sustainable Sourcing, Opportunities for Women.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Actually, all costumers in Turkey are involved with our project. We will collect all of the Unilever products' packs.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money helps us to mold public opinion at the beginning. We are going to create awareness for the society with using media/social media/posters.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

None. I hope this is going to be first.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

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Weaving happiness

Let's for once think about promoting our local craft. Let's give chance to the underprivileged, to live and work with full zest without any work pressure and bad circumstances. Let's just think about those artisan ladies who work day and night for their living and get minimal wages.

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Time to think where your clothes actually comes from and who makes them

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Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Pakistan, S, karachi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Pakistan, S, karachi

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

Let's for once think about promoting our local craft. Let's give chance to the underprivileged, to live and work with full zest without any work pressure and bad circumstances. Let's just think about those artisan ladies who work day and night for their living and get minimal wages.

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

the Artisans are given the most value than the designers themselves

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Nothing can beat natural talent and skills of artisans and the work of home bound women of Pakistan is a testament to that. 80% artisans from lyari (an underpreviliged area of karachi), work day and night but fail to get their reward in terms of money and acknowledgement. Rich in tradition , with time these products have not been kept a breast with modern market demands thus resulting in poor quality , finish and designs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We have taken initiative to revitalize these products that are in sync with the prevalent Urban markets.Key consideration is the design development and that every product retains its original heritage while being a functional product for a modern clintele.We intend to keep the tradition alive by the help of master craftswomen of Lyari. The project is 6 month long in which 50 artisans would be trained by the designers (us) and produce designs to meet with modern market demands.Crafts that they are going to work on are Applique work, Hand Embroidry,Block Printing, Knitting and Natural Dyes.First two months will be their training along with hands on projects. For the next few months they will be making products that will be kept in craft shop

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

In an hour, the alarm will ring. Saiba will wake up and make breakfast. .She will think about the times when she had to think twice before buying any item from the bazaar because family had very little money. she will wake her daughter, Warda. Warda has started going to school again, now that Saiba is able to pay her school fee. Warda had to drop out because family had financial issues and had to stay home.Saiba used to do her embroidery projects and get very minimum wage on daily basis. Now that she has started Working with the designers has changed her life and as a charitable deed, she is teaching embroidery skills to young girls. Now and then, she visits crafts shop where her designs are displayed, looking at them makes her feel happy.

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

This would be a good way for women who otherwise face many barriers to showcase their capabilities. If we are targeting 50 artisans at a time than by the years the come to quantity is going to multiply many times as they will teach these skills in their community and hundreds of families will be impacted in one way or the other. This would be great opportunity as Socio- Economically Empowerment of women. Through this project Skill enhancement training will be provided to each and every artisan to develop their sense of designing and what is the requirement of current market

Not only that, such projects will provide who do not know the value of their work with a rare opportunity for self appreciation. and These Artisan needs to understand the worth , value and capabilities if they are to be empowered

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

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

Once the budget is utilized to get the required tools for making crafts than the artisans can make lots of products out of that. This budget will also be utilized in buying a craft shop for these artisans where their items will be displayed. These artisans will get their labour and also the average profit of those products that they have made.So that once we don't have any budget they can further utilize that profit in buying other necessities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Customers.

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

One of the very famous organisation that is been running here under the ministry of governemnt is AHAN. They have been doing the similar project but their artisans are spread all over pakistan. Since this area (Lyari) where I am going to target is a huge residential area where people are underprovilged and education is very rare. I think such kind of projects must be introduced in areas like this which can have a great impact overall. We can collaborate with Ahan for further discussions and internal projects together since they have been in this field for past many years.

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 have seen similar projects done by several organisations here in Pakistan where I have done internship in Product development. They have been successfully running this program in interior parts and rural areas. Where the city underpreviliged areas are untouched and considered as poor economically and socially. So we are just targeting this area of our capital city Karachi. We have seen this project run by others throughout Pakistan. I am 100% sure this can work in this area as well if we don't give up and keep on our spirits high to work for Artisan women and their communities.

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?

Naila and I have been working from past 9 years in an Organisation where we have initiated lots of community service projects. I have done bachelors in Textile designingaAnd my aim was not to just study art but somehow connect these two fields together and bring something unique that can benefit others.That's how I was thinking to train these artisan ladies so that they develop their communities and empower their skills according to market demand

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Sustainable Sourcing, Fairness in the Workplace, Opportunities for Women.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

We are thinking to open a craft shop for whoever wants to come and visit the shop and buy local craft accessories and clothes. There is no targeted audience or perticular age group whom we are focusing. It's open to all buyers and visitors.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

First of all in two years I can see hundreds of families being impacted from this project directly and indirectly. We are going to choose around 50 ladies from different communities of Lyari. The profit we get out of the products is going to be given to them along with their labour so that they can continue teaching their learnt skills to their family members and community people. So this project can grow in number from years to come. They will be improving their handicraft skills and will be passing on their experiences and learnings to their neighbours and relatives. If we can buy a shop to raise awareness regarding promoting local craft, than that would be just perfect to sell our items made by the artisan ladies.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

We,as a team have done hundreds of community service projects both in U.S and in Pakistan.I ran YouthCan project for around 3 years and have done 15 to 17 projects to bring positive change in our environment related to recycling and plantation. Last year I did internship in an org which is run by Govt of Pakistan. Their concept was mesmerizing and this is how I wanted to do similar project for the ladies in karachi's area who are underpreviliged

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

Beyond the Four Walls

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LINCOLN EDUCATION SERVICES

Lincoln Education Services offers vocational training to disadvantaged youth and women who lack opportunities for training and employment.
We have a career incubation center that provides internships and career placements to our graduands.
We also help incubate their entrepreneurship ventures

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Vocational Training and Career incubation

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, NAIROBI

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, MOMBASA AND NAIROBI

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

Lincoln Education Services offers vocational training to disadvantaged youth and women who lack opportunities for training and employment.
We have a career incubation center that provides internships and career placements to our graduands.
We also help incubate their entrepreneurship ventures

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

Everyone with an opportunity helped elevate the disadvantaged in society?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Youth unemployment is threatening to deny Kenya the benefits of its demographic dividend and the prosperity and creativity that young people offer. It is also a sure route to marginalization, disaffection, crime and instability.
The problem is bigger in other parts of the country as compared to others.In Mombasa,the rate of youth unemployment is at 44%, which is more than double the national average of 21% and the city's economy is poor.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Quality of vocational training is a big driver of job creation.Training should not only impart the skills, but also ensure the skills are applicable after the course. Quality Vocational curriculum should include a life skills and entrepreneurship module and IT literacy, to give students a competitive advantage both in the job sector and in private ventures and prepare students for the real business environment.
There should exist strong industry partnerships to support disadvantaged students through job provision and entrepreneurship support.Support for youth initiatives from the government and other stakeholders is very vital in eradicating this unemployment epidemic that is now prevalent in not only Kenya,but Africa at large.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

1.We offer vocational training.Our Curriculum includes other industry important modules like entrepreneurship,and Lifeskills.
2.We have formed partnerships with companies for employment placement of our graduates.
3.We offer our tailoring students internship,and get orders from uniform distributors and schools to make uniforms.These orders are carried out by our interns for income,and also gets them employed by clients who like their work.
4.We have partnered with Youth Enterprise Development Fund,which funds our students entrepreneurship ventures at incubation stage
5.We forward our youth to the above fund for employment abroad,under their youth employment scheme abroad
6.Our career Incubation center takes interns from other colleges

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

1.We have so far trained a total of 280 students since we started.
2.Our Career Center currently has 22 students,and has successfully placed 46 others in employment and entrepreneurship
3.We have assisted project incubation of 12 students with the help of youth fund
4.We currently have a total of 58 students,most of who are undertaking trailoring courses.
5.We have 3 schools and 4 uniform distributors that we are supplying with uniforms
6.We have offered internship to 8 students under the Kenya youth empowerment program,a government initiative
7.We are hoping to expand our career center to cater for at least 200 interns at any given time.
8.We are in the process of negotiating with the export processing zones to offer employment to our graduates
9.We are looking at opening one training center in vihiga,and a big one in,Nairobi which will accommodate 200 students,if we get funds

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

1.We are targeting government youth training programs, and have already applied and been pre-qualified by 3 county government,including Machakos, Kilifi and Kwale County.
2.We are looking at opening one training center in vihiga,and a big one in,Nairobi which will accommodate 200 students,if we get funding.
3.We are sourcing for Partnerships with stake holders e.g. the world bank through the Kenya Youth Empowerment Programme
4.We are also targeting approval as a county training centre by the National Industrial Training Authority, for students from the smaller colleges.

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

1.Through small payments by students
2.Through Registration fees at the career center by external students.
3.Through orders from clients to makes uniforms and other clothing.
4.Consultancy fees paid from other bodies e.g government on vocational training.
5.Examination fees paid by students from other colleges to sit for our exams,
6.Examination fees paid by students to use our center for the national exams

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

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

Government polytechnics offer vocational courses,But in Mombasa there is only one which can only handle a limited capacity,and is not easily accessible by students from remote parts.
There are also people who run tailoring and carpentry shops,who offer practical training.They do not have a structured curriculum like what we do,neither do they offer career support to students on course completion.Most of them are also located in the slightly better off locations economically and not remote areas.We have a curriculum consultant,who is widely experienced and has a masters in curriculum

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 business was started in 2006 as a computer training college in Mombasa, under the name “Kenya Institute of Computer Studies”. In 2012 we started the vocational training center, and merged the two. Our success as a computer training school has been very key in leveraging our IT expertise to add value to our student courses.
The decision to form a vocational center was informed by the observation of rampant unemployment in the area,and lack of a developed job market.We wanted to offer a course that would get our students employed,and the computer college was no longer doing that.
We therefore decided to start a vocational college,whose skills could also be applied in private entrepreneurship in case of lack of jobs.

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?

Mrs. Sophy Mwale-Director
Qualifications:MBA-business and Leadership,BCOM Marketing.
Mss.Diana Atonya-Branch Manager(Full Time)
Qualifications:Diploma in Business Administration
Mr. Robert Rabasa-Curriculum consultant(Part-time)
Qualification:Masters in Curriculum Development
Linet Riziki-Lead Trainer;Tailoring(Full Time)
Qualification:Government trade test Grade III
Mr. Patrick Mrenje-Lead Trainer;IT literacy(Full time)
Bachelor of IT

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our customers are mainly youth and women who are unemployed.We engage them in different models,either Business to customer,where they directly pay for our services,or through stakeholder agencies e.g the governments and county governments to help the needy ones.Some of them are also able to pay through the internship programme,where we source for work for them from clients who in turn pay them for work done

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

We would open two other branches in Nairobi and Vihiga to access other markets.We would also expand the career center to accommodate more students and interns.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

1.We have done finisher training for 8 students from the Kenya youth empowerment programme,which is an initiative of the world bank together with the Kenyan government.
2.We also incubated a chicken rearing programme for a group of youth in Joska,Machakos county.
3.We are also currently in the early stages of opening an early childhood development centre in Siaya county

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yes

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no

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Paschim Paaila Marching towards Menstrual Hygiene Management in Rural Nepal

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2009

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nepal, Kathmandu

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nepal, Jajarkot

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

Mesntrual Hygiene Management (MHM) has been emerging issue. The project focuses on raising awareness to school students and women group on MHM. Training on Homemade Sanitary pads preparation and women Enterprise development on sanitary products is another key focus.

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

What if, Girls are able to manage their monthly period hygienically and with dignity?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

82% of women living in rural Nepal are practicing MHM unhygienically due to lack of awareness & economic hindrance on affording hygienic products. Only 65% schools have separate toilets for girls. Adolescent girls often lack appropriate information on MHM which has direct impact on adolescent girl's schooling, with absenteeism of menstruating girls by 53% with average annual absence of around 6 weeks directly affecting girls academic progress.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

School Menstrual Hygiene Management campaign will run at school where adolescent girls & boys will get more knowledge on practical issues regarding menstruation and their role to combat with those issues, which enhance their skills and they will be able to run school advocacy programme for assuring & upgrading WASH facilities in school. This will ultimately helps to reduce the school absenteeism of girl’s student and improve their education. Side by side intensive awareness raising campaigns along with entrepreneurship skills on homemade sanitary pads to women group will be given & those trained women group will be able to run sanitary pads enterprise at local level which assures hygienic MHM practices in affordable cost.

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

Inspiring story of Mana Kumari Tamang from class 9 of Baluwapati Secondary school, Kavre District.
"I don’t used to go to schools during my menstrual periods, so I had to miss lots of classes though I wanted to attend all the classes, but after getting training on homemade sanitary pads preparation I have made sanitary pads myself. Me along with my friends talked about upgrading the toilet facility of our schools so now the upgrading has been started in my school so I attend all the classes during the days of my menstruation as well without any hesitations. I feel like I'm lucky to know about the Menstrual Hygiene Management."

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

Arround 1500 school students have been aware about the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) through MHM campaign in various schools. Arround 150 school girls from 3 government schools have been trained on the preparation of homemade sanitary pads and through their direct experience they do not hesitate to go to schools during their menstruation after training. Likewise in schools there are formed Menstrual Hygiene Care Team (MHCT) through which girls are getting support during the menstrual complications. In those schools, School management committee are also very much positive and according to the informal talk with teachers now really the number of absenteeism in the schools have decreased and this is helping in academic progress. But still homemade sanitary pads are not availabe easily so if the womens group can be trained on its preparation this can generate sanitary pads enterprise.

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

Women and girls from Nepal will have upgraded and gender friendly WASH facilities. Creation of the enabling environment where women and girls won't hesitate to talk about their rights and dignity on better Menstrual Hygiene Management. The national policy and strategies guides the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management. Where boys support girls in any way possible for achieving best Menstrual Hygiene.

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

Ultimately this project develop capacity to the women groups and forms a local women enterprise which will start entrepreneurship on homemade sanitary pads & sanitary products. The products will be sold to the local schools and potential institutions. In this way the women girls will practice the best Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, NGOs, Other.

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

Menstrual Hygiene Management is a sensitive issue. This project is addressing the specific issue on Menstrual Hygiene Management of school girls and women from rural Nepal. The girls and women will be empowered to advocate for uplifting the existing sanitation facilities and also maintaining hygienic behavior. The project also focus on changing the perception of people towards the existing taboos towards menstruation. These all activities ultimately help women living healthy life with dignity.

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.

One day, I got a call from woman & she was none other than mother of one of the student of school receiving orientation of MHM and training of Homemade sanitary pads. She thanked us for conducting such campaign as previously they were unable to use commercial sanitary pad & had faced many problem during menstrual period. With this incident We thought of starting intensive MHM program.

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?

15 working circle members holding different post as Network, Campaign, Advocacy, Research, Media coordinators and facilitators, youth from different backgrounds i.e. Public health, Environmental Science, nutrition, IT, Sociology, BBA are actively involved full-time and volunteer. 7 board members are providing the guidance to the team. Team members will be divided and more focus on MHM campaign will be given to achieve the excellent result.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Water Use, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

The school girls and local women group are our recipient groups and since the problem stated in our project are the real problem of them that they have been facing, they are the one who need the real measure to address their problem. Girls will be capacitate on advocacy for upgrading WASH facilities in their schools likewise women group will run the business enterprise for Sanitary products which ensures sustainability.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

We have initiated the core concept as MHM campaign through the help of the prize money we can further expand the concept more effectively for achieving desired objectives. After orienting about MHM and providing training they will need seed fund to raise the initiation so that the business enterprise can be established of Homemade sanitary pad. The publicity will help us to trigger those stakeholders working in the WASH sector who has been ignoring Menstruation issue for long time.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

Few years ago we had trained youth and women from a slum community about waste arts, after the training they started small scale entrepreneurship selling various attractive handicrafts(mats, bags, key rings etc) to local market made from household waste especially plastics. Thus through this they started extra income which was quite successful enough.

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yes

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Going to School

Be!Schools, a two-year, intensive, evaluation focused 30 entrepreneurial skills program that begins in Upper Primary Schools, reaching 15,000 children in Grade 8 and extends into Secondary Schools, with the same cohort of children in Grade 9.

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Bright Future For Afghan Women

This project focuses on empowering Afghan women to overcome the traditional discrimination, advocating their rights for sustainable education, enriching an academic life for them and finally helping them to be more financially independent in the traditional Afghan community.

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Mustafa

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Omid

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Project Subtitle

Redoubling our commitments to form a more educated generation of Afghan women

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

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Afghanistan, Mazar-e-sharif

Country where this project is creating social impact

Afghanistan, Qandahar province

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

This project focuses on empowering Afghan women to overcome the traditional discrimination, advocating their rights for sustainable education, enriching an academic life for them and finally helping them to be more financially independent in the traditional Afghan community.

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

What if all the Afghan women were with high educational qualifications that they could get better job opportunities?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Still 70 % of Afghan females can’t enroll for primary schooling or either can’t continue their education to the university level. For those studying there is another problem caused by insufficient study skills which lessen their educational performance. The implication of these problems affects the general condition of women and keeping them remain financially dependent due to their low educational qualification for better job opportunities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Here we are going to have a new approach for ensuring an academic life for Afghan females. Firstly, for areas where there is low enrolment and participation of girls in educational institutions we want to have board base campaigns for advocating their rights according to the constitutional, religious, national and international conventions and laws and to justify the importance of women to be educated and to work as doctors, teachers or other public servants by holding sessions with elders and leaders of those problematic areas where there are negative ideas about the education of females. For the second problem (Insufficient study skills) we launch (Magic of Study) project to train the professional study skills for students of schools .

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

This is the most ever innovative and useful programme plan for forming an academic life in Afghanistan which has never been implemented in the history of Afghanistan consisting three parts in the project: (1) Weekly TV and Radio programme: lecturing on improving study skills and campaigning for the women’s educational rights, live broadcasted in 34 provinces. (2) sessions with elders of tribes for persuading them to let their daughters and wifes join the educational institutions. (3) Distributing educational magazines consist of both female rights for education and study skills contents.
Learning the (Skills of study) are the most important educational prerequisites for all of the female students studying at educational institutions.

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

As the result of launching this project lots of millstones will be achieved as following:
(1) Increasing the rate and percentage of literacy among the women as the result of their increased enrollment and participation in educational institutions, primarily in schools.
(2) Training (Professional Study Skills) for more than 80,000 female students in the duration of one year
(3) Making a new vision on learning and education of women
(4) By training the (professional study skills) we can find more female students interested in their education and as the next outcome they will continue their education to university degree and as result they can have better opportunities for working and to be financially independent.

(5) As the further result, we can enhance the mission of combating illiteracy and struggling with dyslexia problem of some school female students.

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

The real problem is here that most of Afghan women (almost 85 percent) don’t know about their rights and entitlements approved by national constitution, Islamic laws and international conventions as the result of being illiterate and low general awareness. This project aims to firstly help them join in the educational institutions and then foster their academic skills and engaging them to have better access to sufficient reading through educating them the (Study Skills) and a board base campaign for eradication of illiteracy and finally to help them to have better educational qualifications.

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

In the long run, we will negotiate with the ministry of education of Afghanistan to start efforts for tackling these two tragic problems. Firstly, they should annually observe to find the areas with low school enrolling or participation of girls and taking forward lawful steps. Secondly, for tackling the (Study Skills) problem, we dedicate our published book of (Magic of Study) for ministry to commence a new subject in curriculum of schools.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, National government, Other.

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

Our team of this project can work, consult and help the Afghan ministries of education and higher education as well as international organizations working for tackling women’s educational problems such as UNESCO, UNDP and UNIFEM in the long run. The project will be coordinated to have higher effect on the target area by experience sharing with another organizations working in this field. Another multilateral development partners such as World Bank, USAID, EU commission and etc. can also be a stakeholder for achieving this project.

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 have worked as a senior academic consultant with (Foundation for Afghanistan) with five years of experience in scientific and educational programs and challenges. Through my efforts for creating an academic life, I have found these two problems as overwhelming problems against educational progression of Afghan women. Meanwhile, I have had vast studies to compile and edit a book in the name of (Magic of Study) regarding improving the study skills and I’m hopeful to publish it soon.
Substantial to my activities is this that Afghan women can realize the potential of a stable, prosperous, and bright future.
(Foundation for Afghanistan) is founded by distinguished philanthropists to help Afghanistan to recover from recession.

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?

I have this distinct honor and high privilege to be the entrepreneur and self-starter of this project as a proud member of Afghan Educational community. My Team consists of 10 people for general management of this project as an integrated team that can even help the whole eastern provinces. My team includes young scholars, mangers and consultants from professional academic backgrounds. (www.foundationforafghanistan.org)

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

The recipient groups are vulnerable women, young school and university students, local governments employees, and the women of remote and suburb areas.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The publicity will turn our project more known for our customars and will be a milestone of success of reflecting our creative project.
The prize money will be a huge help to go further with our project and to showcase the world the solution and to make possible the next step of the project.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

My core activities depends on IYSAA (Independent Youths scientific Association of Afghanistan organization where I supervise, co-ordinate and organize different programs and research about different thematic educational challenges. Fundamental to his vision is this that his work and it’s outcomes should improve Afghan lives and to pursue philanthropic assistance.

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freeLance Guru

freeLance Guru is a start up venture with a vision to mitigate women unemployment problem with providing quality content in the form of our highly skilled & experienced trainer’s videos which engage the learners, empower them, and inspire them to utilize their gained skills to do freelancing stuffs

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Making Unemployment Once Upon A Time in Bangladesh

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

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

Bangladesh, Dhaka

Country where this project is creating social impact

Bangladesh

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

freeLance Guru is a start up venture with a vision to mitigate women unemployment problem with providing quality content in the form of our highly skilled & experienced trainer’s videos which engage the learners, empower them, and inspire them to utilize their gained skills to do freelancing stuffs

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

Making Unemployment Once Upon A Time in Bangladesh.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Bangladesh the total number of women equals to to half of the total population which is about 80 million. Here people are mostly religious & orthodox.Culturally family members prefer women to stay home & most of them don't allow women work outside the home. ON the other hand freelancing has enormous opportunity in Bangladesh.But as freelancing needs some sophisticated skills to work women find it difficult to learn it.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

freeLance Guru will provide training materials in native language (Bengali) so that the users can easily learn the lessons & work accordingly. The website employs an object-oriented design methodology that yields flexible, salable, and reusable content, supporting freelancers with rich, targeted solutions that are easily replicated and maintained. It is committed to high quality freelance based skills training -both soft & professional, instructional design and educational development.It will offer the freelancers to get membership for the whole year with only $9.99 and every detail of freelancing guidelines & training will be provided where traditional coaching based freelance training centers in Bangladesh costs $ 59 to $ 179.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Freelancing gives an enormous potential for significant earnings growth. The per capita gross national income in Bangladesh is $1044 in 2013. Assuming the average contractor earns $6 an hour a Bangladeshi contractor can earn the average annual income in less than 4 weeks.So there is a huge financial upside to working online for both individual & the country’s overall economy compared to local opportunities.But in Bangladesh highly skilled freelance trainers are not easily available & they are not found at easy-to-catch locations for women.On the other hand provide enough insight of this dynamic industry work opportunities.So freeLance is working on these two areas: 1)training frelancing & providing week based industry insight.

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

freeLance Guru first started its operation via skype on September 2013.And to date it has trained 317 women who are now working in this industry & earning around $700-$775 every month.After finding out such a big need of online freelance training from women the founders of freeLance Guru planned to move ahead & to make it accessible to more wider range of freelance learners.We are still training women via skype & have done an exclusive research on 2,000 women in Bangladesh whether they will like to join freeLance Guru & learn from the website.And the response was way to optimistic as 98% women said it would be great if someone comes out to train them that they can learn at home & help them know industry insight every week so that they can earn & work smartly at home.And freelance Guru targets to train 20,000 women online by 2015 & reach to 270,000 by 2019-2020.

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

freeLance Guru has already created a buzz in Dhaka city as it has got more 86% of its learners on skype. And its spreading rapidly among Dhaka girls community.With having a very good market position in Dhaka city freeLance guru will go in to the market more aggressively using the social media advertising.It has already communicated with 100 top freelancers from 27 districts who will work as ambassadors to create buzz among the country's girls community. After launching its training website freelance Guru will make a partnership with BASIS to spread out the brand freeLance guru around the world

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

The estimated project cost is $375,000 in FY 2014-15 which will be financed by 61% equity from its CEO & founders & 39% debt from lenders. freeLance guru will offer the freelancers to get membership for the whole year with only $9.99 and every detail of freelancing guidelines & training will be provided where traditional room based freelance training centers in Bangladesh costs $ 59 to $ 179.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers, Other.

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

There are some freelance training centers to train freelancers in Bangladesh.But they are not available in every city in every area.As in Bangladesh women usually don't prefer to learn job skills outside majority of girls/women cant get the access to learn from these institutions.These options also charge too high that is not possible for women to afford.There are also some online based training centers.But they are not helping learners understand about freelance industry.They are just training IT based skills.As a result freelancers learn but can't enjoy the maximum fruit of this industry.

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 did try freelancing on January 2013 & went to my Uni friend who was working in freelance industry since his 1st year of grad.My friend suggested me to learn web development & gave some links of online training websites.Then i started learning but it took me more money & time as there was no option in my native language (Bengali).After starting freelancing i felt the lack on enough industry related information that could help understand which sectors were getting more importance & job offers.Then i suddenly got that idea to start training online to freelancers in Bengali & talked with that friend.He just gave a loud shout when he got to know my plan & strategy.And as women get the least chance to learn freelancing we planned targeted girls

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?

Anick Sharkar: A recent graduate of University Of Dhaka. He has had his grad on Marketing. He is the director of Dhaka university Marketing Club.He has participated in Asian venture Challenge 2014 held in Thailand.He has done his course on business development, risk analysis & marketing management.
Chandra Shekhor: A student of University of Dhaka, doing honors in Mathemetics.He has been working in freelance industry in more than 5 years.

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Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Age: 18-35. My core customer base is student who currently graduating and/or have graduated and/or have just entered into universities.In Bangladesh 50% population are women. And as our country is religiously orthodox minded, family members don't prefer & allow women to work outside to earn money & become self dependent.freeLance Guru has come out with a groundbreaking solution to provide freelance learning opportunities online in Bengali at a very reasonable cost, so that they can learn & earn from home.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money would help freeLance Guru make trainers videos of web site development & coding. These two are getting most importance in skill development for freelancers worldwide.And 30% of the Prize would be allocated to penetrate more aggressively into the market to gain competitive advantage.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I did participate Asian Venture Challenge 2014 with my project freeLance Guru. And freeLance guru was one of the finalists in the competition.
I am also working as the director of Dhaka University Marketing Club-the most specialized marketing based club in Bangladesh. I have also taken course on business relationship,risk management & sustainable business development.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

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Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

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