Economic development

Lyari Community Development Project (LCDP)

Sabiha combats discrimination against women by nurturing their business ventures, empowering women to spearhead economic growth in their communities as they foster their own initiative and independence.

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Glowork

Khalid Al-Khudair is promoting employment opportunities for women in the Saudi Arabia though the use of online platforms that connect employers to qualified women looking for work.

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KASHF Foundation

Roshaneh Zafar founded the KASHF Initiative to develop a women-centered and women-managed initiative that combines a micro-level lending and savings operation with related training and support activities at the community level.

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Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT)

Shad Begum formed Anjuman Behbood Khawateen Talash (ABKT) to build a grassroots women’s movement in the isolated tribal areas of Pakistan. Using group activities and micro-credit to empower women, Shad builds their capacity to become politically active.

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Punjab Skills & Development Fund

Improve income generation opportunities for the poor and vulnerable population of selected districts of Punjab by enabling skills development through promotion of a competitive skills training market.

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Palestinian Center for Communication and Development Studies

PCCDS is economically empowering women in rural areas of the Levant by implementing a grassroots venture capitalist approach adapted for the cultural context. In doing so, women become active, visible members of society working to improve socioeconomic development in their country.

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Sakhrah Women’s Society

Zeinab Al-Momani is supporting women's economic empowerment by founding the first agricultural union for and by women in the Arab world.

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Souktel

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

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Kaarvan Crafts

Aysha Saifuddin is creating production houses for Pakistani women and providing foothold access to national and international markets by creating a shareholder company: Kaarvan.

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First Step Women's Cooperative

Senem is building a self-governed community of diverse women by training and organizing them to act on the issues they care about. In doing so, she creates participatory processes so that women can develop the self-confidence and leadership skills to bring lasting change to their neighborhoods.

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Gyan Lab (ADD-on-GYAN)

ADD-on-GYAN Educational Services Pvt. Ltd is a venture established in order to reduce the many problems present in the Indian Education Sector and bridge the widening gap between theoretical and practical education in India. We began operations as a Start-up Company at Manipal University - Technology Business Incubator on 20th January and registered as a Private Limited company in July, 2011.

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GMO Risk or Rescue Group: Helping Consumers Decide

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When it comes to genetic food engineering, claims are often made about farmers ability and interest to adapt. And how about vitamin-rich rice? ... Are these realities or misrepresentations? Tell us what you think here

[Also check out our GMO Risk or Rescue competition. Share your idea or initiative to get noticed and to be eligible for various  prizes. Submit your entry by October 21, 2009.]

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YoSoyM

YoSoyM is an alliance of individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, community leaders and government dedicated to serve thousands of Latinas and their families in by identifying synergies, developing collaborative initiatives and changing the negative narrative prevalent in our community.

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Tribe of Lambs

We are creating compassionate consumers by providing the opportunity for conscious shoppers to empower small business owners and at risk children in developing economies. We offer an evolutionary social business model, unique fashion accessories, and an inspiring vision of change.

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Roommate Finder

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Vayando

Vayando is a for-profit social enterprise that puts micro-entrepreneurs on the tourism map. We provide an online booking platform that utilizes growth and diversification in the tourism sector to unlock economic opportunity for entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world.

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Bengkel APPeK

Bengkel APPeK is helping landless women farmer to raise their participation in local development process and generate income through independent and sustainable productive economic model.

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Bicycles Against Poverty

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2009

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Uganda, Gulu

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Uganda, Gulu

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

Providing smallholder farmers affordable transportation so they can access basic life needs, including healthcare, clean water, education, and markets for trade. Bicycles Against Poverty works with rural African farmers to distribute bicycles on a financing plan so individuals pay back over 1 year.

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

What if everyone could be given the chance to afford the transportation that provided access to opportunities?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Rural Africans are: 5 miles to a health clinic; 3 miles to clean water; 6+ miles to a market. As a result: 52% of Ugandans lack access to clean water; 90% of the world’s deaths from malaria occur in sub-Saharan Africa; Lack of transportation contributes to food and nutrition crises.

With 35 million Ugandans and 80% smallholder rural farmers, that leaves millions cut off from life-needed resources and markets to earn a living.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Bicycles, simple and inexpensive, are a sustainable means to access life-needed resources. However, 80-90% of households in East Africa indicate that they cannot afford a bike.

Bicycles Against Poverty provides locally assembled bicycles, on a financing plan, to rural Africans who use them to access:
-Health centers for emergency and routine needs
-Markets for trading and earning income
-Schools for education
-Clean water

The financing plan is advantageous because it: 1) breaks up the payments in small installments; and 2) gives farmers immediate ownership to an income generating tool to help them pay for the bike loan.

BAP then leverages already-existing networks to run its program, including working with partners.

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

Kidega Patrick is a smallholder farmer in Uganda. He cares for his mother who is disabled and suffers from heart problems. The hospital is too far for her to walk so every week Kidega takes her on his BAP bike, whenever her symptoms flare (temp rising, hives). She sits on the carrier of the bike he rides the 1-2 hour long journey.

The bike is also a business. Kidega runs a small enterprise where he buys wholesale goods at one market and re-sells them. The bike means access to the larger wholesale market and transport for the materials. Kidega wasn't able to afford a bike ($85) in one installment, but the BAP financing plan meant he could get a bike, earn more money, and continually pay back the loan. He told BAP "This bike is my life."

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

BAP has delivered over 855 bicycles to Ugandans living in 13 different communities, thereby impacting over 4,275 as a result of frequent bike sharing.

Other successes include: 1) 25% of participants start new businesses with their bikes, 2) 30% increasing their income, 3) 1,200 women and children collect clean water, and 4) BAP bike owners are attending markets more frequently than non-BAP participants.

Women tell us the bicycle and control over the loan has given them freedom and independence— our goal is to increase women participation for a source of empowerment. Community members explain that, even if someone doesn't have a bike, the village still benefits from BAP's presence because there are more bikes to share. This is most common when malaria hits and patients needs to be rushed to the health clinic immediately (within 24 hours).

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

Our vision is to reach every subsistent farming community to bridge the gap of access.

We’re scaling our program by working with partner organizations to address specific social impact needs. We’re piloting with esteemed organizations such as CARE, Save the Children, and VSO International. By partnering with such established organizations we’re able to expand our potential reach to millions of farmers across the globe.

Our goal is to distribute 100,000 bikes by 2020. We will spend the next 2 years replicating and refining and by 2017 take it fully to scale.

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

BAP charges for its bikes. We buy bikes at wholesale rates and re-sell them at above market prices. Our clients are willing to pay extra given the advantage of paying over time and having access to the income generating tool.

We are working to break even in mid 2016. At that point we will only use donations to help expand the program and not sustain it.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

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

BAP is the only organization to use a microfinance model in our bike program. We use local companies to source the bikes. Other global bike organizations give free bikes or design their own bikes. We believe in supporting the local economy as well as our repayment policy, which assists in client financial management skills and BAP's financial sustainability.

BAP works with partner organizations with complementing missions (women empowerment, economic dev, & youth) to provide bikes to their participants— producing an efficient supply chain and building on already-established relationships.

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.

BAP's story begins with Muyambi Muyambi, who, at a young age, experienced the difficulty of lack of transportation firsthand. With a mother who had a chronic illness, yet no bicycle in their family, Muyambi and his siblings would constantly have to find a bicycle in the community to take her to the hospital. He saw those bike owners as real-life superheroes.

After earning a scholarship to the U.S. he wanted to ensure that all Ugandans could have access to bikes.

I went to university with Muyambi and after he conceived the vision we worked together to make the idea a working program. I decided to leave my job after overhearing one of our participants say that 'having no transportation and being stuck' is her definition of poverty.

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?

We have 9 staff members: 5 full-time (2 expats and 3 Ugandans); and 4 part-time (1 expat and 3 Ugandans). We rely on local Ugandan staff for program development. We have a working board of 8 U.S. professionals who range in backgrounds: finance, business, int'l dev, nonprofit, and fundraising. We are adding more local staff and phasing out expats in order to run a more sustainable program.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

National Geographic Traveler's of the Year (2013)
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Outstanding Commitment Award- 2008, 2009
Do Something.Org Award

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Ashoka Changemaker's

Tell us about your partnerships:

BAP implements its program via partnerships. We partner with the world's largest NGOs, including Save the Children and CARE international, as well as their local field partners. Both groups help identify new communities and participants as well as with loan management given their community knowledge.

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

We rely heavily on our partnerships for success. As a result, we've developed a thorough set of standard operating procedures (SOP) that we utilize in our partner and loan officer orientation. Ingrained in the orientation is a follow-up time in which we utilize the SOP as a check-list to see if the partners and loan officers have met the standard.

Our emphasis on a thorough training and quality control means that we're proactively addressing such challenges.

MC COUSINS ESTATE

If successful in achieving the grant, current employee’s contracts would be permanent, in addition to the possibility of acquiring further workers when required. Stable Employment would give the estate workers a sense of security and stability with the realization of providing for their families.

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BizSuccess Today

The HeadStart Business Accelerator and Coworking space aims to raise the success rates of startups in Mandeville, Jamaica and increase the level of employment for youth and women. It will do this through training and development, fundraising and the creation of a vibrant startup eco-system.

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We are the ones we have been waiting for

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Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)

Year founded

2012

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Kenya, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Nairobi

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

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?

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

Creation of the Transform Kenya Awards by our co-Lead, Doreen Mbaya, after attending her first Africa 2.0 metting in 2013 in Addis Ababa. We, Africa 2.0, provided her with partners, including Knowledge Partner, Riara University School of Business, and Africa's Talking (K) Ltd - Mobile Communication Solutions, and personally as a Judge for the more than 22,000 entrants. For more info, please visit www.transformkenyawards.com

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

In 4 years, Africa 2.0 has:

Mobilized more than 2,500 African Leaders, 36 Heads of State and Government, and top African and Global media.

Generated more than 300 cross border businesses and thought leadership that has directly influenced policy-making in Africa.

Implementing impact initiatives and growing our membership community to 585 leaders across 30 countries.

In 18 months through our Start Up Africa Initiative we have reached 8,000 entrepreneurs in 10 countires and mentored 1000 and provided access to funding and incubators to 100 leading to creation of 600 new jobs. We are just getting started, and the best is yet to come.

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

Establishing an inspiring and prosperous Africa within 20 years from 2010. Re branding Africa and bridging the Diaspora Divide. Connecting Africans through intra-Africa trade.

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

Triple AAA (Infrastructure Advisory Services), Event Ticket Sales, Merchandize Sales, Foundation Grants, Government Grants, Business Sponsorship's, Social Business, and Membership Fees - Corporate and Individual Packages.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

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

Africa Leadership Network (ALN). The main difference is that Africa 2.0 uses a bottom-up approach whereas ALN uses a top-down approach. Africa 2.0! The Responsibility of a New Generation. Our generation, inherited independence and freedom and has a responsibility to build an economically independent and inspiring Africa. Because of our stated mission Africa 2.0 works as a Community, whereas ALN is a Network. Both are innovative New African Leadership organizations that focus on unleashing Africa's leadership to keenly impact Africa's development trajectory.

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.

Africa 2.0 is a pan-African non-profit civil society organization, with a mission that is dedicated to developing and engaging current and the next generation in Africa's development. Africa 2.0 has a global footprint (29 global Chapters, 8 in the Diaspora, and 45 nationalities represented). Founded in 2010, Africa 2.0 gathers a community of 585 young African leaders from more than 41 nationalities sharing a collective Vision for Africa. Our members are committed to piloting and scaling up sustainable solutions capable of leapfrogging the development of the continent. Africa 2.0 aspires to be a significant catalyst of accelerated growth on the African continent by building an inspiring and prosperous Africa.

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

Mr. Martin Mbaya, Ms. Doreen Mbaya, Mr. Graham Ingokho, Canon Dr. Elizabeth Mary Okelo, Mr. Mugo Kibati, Mr. Cliff Mboya, Mr. Eston Kimani, Ms. Muthoni Nduhiu, Mr. Mbugua Njihia, and Mr. Francis Okomo-Okello.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Winners of the 1st President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centers bid from USAID and US State Department to host four Leadership Centers in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal.

Winners of several cash awards to host 4 consecutive Africa 2.0 Annual Leadership Symposiums in Mombasa, Kenya, Lagos, Nigeria, Dakar, Senegal, and Accra, Ghana. With one major Business Plan for Africa Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2013.

Numerous individual fellowships, including the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowships and Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa Foundation with Aspen Institute and Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Ms. Beeta Ansari of Ashoka U

Tell us about your partnerships:

We, Africa 2.0, is in the winning Consortium for a multi-year grant from USAID and US State Department to establish 4 Regional Leadership centers across Africa. For more info, please visit:

https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/regional-leadership-centers/

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

Scaling at the same rate across Africa since countries are at different stages in development and connectivity. Focusing on key Regional Chapters of Africa 2.0 and using mobile technology for training with limited energy to power the internet and computers.

Africa 2.0 Kenya

To be the lead Chapter of Africa 2.0 using the new leapfrog-based approach to development & prosperity built upon collective knowledge, resources, & experiences of a broad spectrum of skilled young African leaders. Africa 2.0 Kenya will unify Kenya, Africa & Diaspora as per the Africa 2.0 Manifesto.

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Healing Through Yoga: AYP and GTP

Mental Health is often a taboo topic in Africa, yet millions are impacted by trauma. Healing Through Yoga bridges the gap between the need for accessible trauma-healing, mind-body health, and trained youth to deliver these services: unlocking this innovative new market.

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Africa Yoga Project and Global Trauma Project Collaboration

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Year founded

2014

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Kenya, Nairobi

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Kenya, Nairobi

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

Mental Health is often a taboo topic in Africa, yet millions are impacted by trauma. Healing Through Yoga bridges the gap between the need for accessible trauma-healing, mind-body health, and trained youth to deliver these services: unlocking this innovative new market.

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

Kenya's underemployed youth could unlock the market potential of trauma-healing, creating a ripple effect of health, healing, and earning?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Attention to health in Kenya tends to focus on HIV and Malaria, despite the devestating impact of mental health. A third of the 78 psychiatrists out of Kenya's 40 million citizens work for the public, the rest work with private patients at a high cost. At the same time, 78% of Kenya’s population is younger than 35 years, with over 70% of these people currently unemployed. Services and jobs in community trauma healing do not exist.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Training youth as mental health para-professionals provides a economic and social change opportunity for underemployed youth, with a multiplier effect to their communities. Existing services are often not affordable, accessible, or may not be a cultural fit. Our interventions allows services to be offered in communities at low or no cost, while utilizing a service learning platform. Healing Through Yoga utilizes an innovative framework, developed by GTP, to train a wide range of community members in providing mental health support in low-resource areas. These trainers are then also supported by AYP with professional development, mentorship, and service learning to generate income in the middle-upper class range teaching the methodology.

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

Magdaline is a 23 year old from Kariobangi Slums in Kenya. Growing up in a single parent house her mother was unemployed and poor. Magdaline not able to go to school past primary. Her 13 year old brother has cerebral palsy. Since he was a toddler physical pain, trouble breathing and constantly teasing caused a state of chronic trauma. Magdaline, an AYP teacher, introduced yoga. He can now communicate verbally and written, sleep through the night and can express physical contact. Magdaline now helps hundreds of children and their caregivers traumatized by special needs. She also uses her skills as a yoga instructor with clients ranging from the United Nations to the Canadian embassy.

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

In the Initial 2014 pilot:
1) GTP trained four Africa Yoga Project instructors (youth from informal settlements 18-30 years old) in intensive Trauma Informed Community Empowerment Framework
2) Four Instructors have developed programing with two partners (HUruma Partner Network and Action Foundation in Kibera) to offer wellness days and weekly healing though yoga programing. These programs have significantly impacted community members functioning skills in life (decision making, stress management, sleep)
3) The group has offered two workshops to the public at a fee. These workshops have been attended by parents, school teachers and mental health professionals
4) Group has established contact with over 20 private schools and rehabilitation institutions and created a fee-based offering to service this special population.

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

Millions of children each year are affected by complex trauma in the US alone. This number is multiplied worldwide, although data on developing countries is fairly nonexistent. Even in the arena of global health, mental health is largely ignored; and in East Africa, support systems to address issues are nearly nonexistent. We know yoga significantly reduces PTSD symptomatology,with sizes comparable to well-researched approaches. We can train at least 200 yoga teachers that can use body based approaches to create manageable trauma response for thousands, at the same time creating new jobs.

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

We plan to adopt a similar sustainability plan as Africa Yoga Project. Our Mentorship program supports each Kenyan teacher’s service learning salary and professional development, fostering dynamic cultural exchange between yoga teachers worldwide. We also plan to balance our grant and fundraised money with Earned Income of fee for service to the middle and upper class.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs.

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

Africa Yoga Project and Global Truama Project have partnered to create this new initiative, and we are really the most similar projects in this space. Although there may be other prodders of yoga and/or Trauma services, our goal is unique in that we are empower young Kenyasn to create jobs and social impact in this field. We look towards models of community health workers to create further learning and inspiration.

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?

The team now consists of Paige Elenson (founder of AYP), Ilya Yacevich (Trauma Therpaist) and four incredible Africa Yoga Project teachers; Billy Onyango, Musa Hussain, Faith Njeri and Magdaline Odhiambo. We are a diverse group of cross-cultural social entrepreneurs that care deeply about giving youth the tools to make heathy and sustainable change.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Both partners that have started this project are in the Ashoka Network. Paige Elenson (me !) is an Ashoka Fellow and Ilya has passed panel.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Ashoka

Tell us about your partnerships:

Africa Yoga Project and Global Trauma Project have formed a partnership to bring AYP's expertise in creating youth employment opportunities for health and well-being with Global Trauma Project's expertise in trauma healing.
AYP has partnership with many Kenyan and International organizations that work in youth and community Development. GTP is partnered with the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston as well as Heshima Kenya.

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

The market for Trauma Healing through Body based practices like yoga is virtually nonexistent right now in Kenya. This presents both our challenge and opportunity. Additionally, many of the most highly traumatized people that we want to help through our service learning work may be resistant to the idea of trying something new and/or utilizing their body as a vehicle for healing.

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Year founded

2014

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France, Paris

Country where this project is creating social impact

Senegal, Dakar

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

CINEWAX c'est un nouveau concept de cinéclub, à la fois espace de rencontre et cinéma, lieu d'échange social, de culture, et de dynamisme économique.
Nous voulons participer au développement culturel au Sénégal et employer des locaux, tout en créant un pont culturel international!

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

Nous rendions l'accès au cinéma facile et possible pour tous au Sénégal tout en favorisant l'emploi local?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

L'industrie cinématographique de l'Ouest, notamment au Sénégal, est en crise. Gel des subventions, manque de distributeurs et de producteurs, etc... Conséquence, la disparition progressive des cinémas depuis 30 ans.
Ainsi, les nouvelles générations n'ont pas accès à cette culture pourtant nécessaire.
Aussi, le chômage fait rage dans ce pays, autant que le manque de salle.
Comment allier ces deux problèmes dans une seule solution?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Un nouveau concept de cinéclubs.

A la fois salle de cinéma et lieu de vie.
Création d'un réseau de salles indépendantes:
Elles sont gérées par les habitants des quartiers où elles s'incluent. Nous employons des locaux pour cette gestion (formation, suivi, emploi durable). A terme, elles s'autogèrent et mènent des actions communes.

Répertoire de films,séries varié et international:
De tout type (documentaire, animé, film) et en toutes langues

Actions connexes permettant un réel développement:
Cours de langues pour visionnage en VO; séances gratuites pour les enfants défavorisés, partenariats avec les associations locales, événements valorisant les cultures locales, présentation d'artistes et artisans, entre autres!

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

Cinéwax, trouve une solution à chacun des problèmes posés:
1) manque de cinema et de lieu de rencontre, difficulté d'accès à la culture
Permettra aux jeunes de se rencontrer et d'accéder à ce contenu
2) problème de l'emploi
Nos salles emploieront des gens et favoriseront l'économie du quartier local (vendeurs locaux et artisans invités dans les espaces)
3) problème des enfants Talibés
Donnera une activité éducative et culturelle à ces enfants, et un toit temporaire
4) artistes et artisans méconnus
Nos espace donneront une visibilité concrète à ces travailleurs
5) problème du réseau associatif et actions convergentes
Créera un lien de collaboration durables entre tous les acteurs

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

A ce jour, nous sommes dans la phase de pré-lancement et de communication. L'équipe en France compte 18 membres (rencontrés par les réseaux sociaux depuis novembre 2014).
Nous contactons un maximum de personnalités et professionnels du monde du cinéma, d'artistes et réalisateurs concernés par le développement du cinéma en Afrique de l'Ouest. L'actrice Aïssa Maïga, le rappeur Didier Awadi, sont à compter parmi nos parrains.
Aussi, nous construisons depuis Paris un réseau de partenaires associatifs qui nous aideront dans notre activité, en France, et au Sénégal.
Notre plus grand défis est l'obtention des droits de diffusion et d'exploitation des films, élément indispensable de l'activité.
Le projet débutera en février 2015 à Dakar. Une soirée de lancement à Paris est prévue le 5 janvier 2015. Une campagne de financement participatif (crowdfunding) est déjà lancée pour le projet.

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

Notre équipe ne cesse de grandir, et sera répartie à la fois en France et au Sénégal.
Nous envisageons:
-De nombreux partenariat (en France et au Sénégal) avec des associations et acteurs locaux.
- Une indépendance financière rapide, une fois installé, et une extension dans chacune des grandes villes du pays à termes. Puis passer à un autre pays, et ainsi de suite.
- La recherche permanente d'une solution durable à un problème social local
- Un réseau d'acteurs solides et la valorisation de l'emploi et de la culture.

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

Nous comptons participer à des concours afin de remporter potentiellement des prix pour nous financer.

Aussi nous envisageons des partenariats avec des entreprises.

Les demandes de financement par des groupements institutionnels (ONG, Etat, Fondations) est aussi prévu.

Notre activité nous permettra un revenu stable en perspective, mais diversifier nos sources de financement ne pourrait être que bénéfique.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

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

De nombreuses initiatives associatives veulent agir pour le cinéma et la culture au Sénégal (C.N.A, Mobiciné, Cinécyclo,).
La gratuité de leur offre les empêche de participer au développement de l'emploi;
Aussi, ils se spécialisent dans une seule forme de contenu (documentaire, éducation,...) ou de public (villageois, femmes, etc...) ne permettant pas une variété de l'offre et une portée globale.
Notre innovation majeure, la communication et l'utilisation des NTIC (développement d'une appli web) afin que notre contenu soit le plus accessible possible, et l'implication des utilisateurs.

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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?

Bénévoles, de 19 à 54 ans, en cours d'études ou travaillant déjà, profils variés (cinéma, droit et gestion, commerce, ...)
Vous pouvez nous découvrir dès à présent sur la page facebook de l'association, étant donné le nombre important des membres de l'équipe!
Sur place, nous mettrons en place des roulements pour que chacun puisse venir au Sénégal développer le projet selon ses disponibilités!

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

For the moment nothing

Where have you learnt about the competition?

One of my partner in Dakar gave me the link to the competition (Agen Dakar)

Tell us about your partnerships:

We are looking for as much parthnerships as possible. It concerns the cultural area, as much as political of institutional.
Concerning the sponsorships, We already have few french and senegalian artists (Aïssa Maïga, Didier Awadi, Monza, Neega Mass, Abd al Malik,.)
We aim to reach as much directors as we can.
Also, we are building strong connexions to senegalian association (firstable Dakar) or companies, such as Agen Dakar, or local charities

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

The lack of communication with and between our association and partners network. The lack of financiary means (during the launching part).
The lack of cooperation from copyright owners companies (film industry companies)

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Bengkel APPeK is helping landless women farmer to raise their participation in local development process and generate income through independent and sustainable productive economic model.

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2006

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Indonesia, NT, Kupang

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Indonesia, NT, Kupang

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Bengkel APPeK is helping landless women farmer to raise their participation in local development process and generate income through independent and sustainable productive economic model.

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

What if landless women farmer can raise their position in their society and contribute more on their family welfare

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Landless women farmers are women with high dependence on their husband/ family/ the government. Poverty and patriarch society has caused these women to be sub-ordinate and have no way to channel their aspiration. Although currently they have another option to work as migrant worker, their limited condition make them prone to trafficking and abuse abroad.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Bengkel APPeK is organizing landless women farmers in 10 villages through capacity building, micro finance, and small business. Through organization (landless women farmer forum), they learn to participate in local development process/ decision making and voice their concern on education, health, and economic issue. Through collective savings, they managed to create alternative income generation, among which through saving-and-loan coop, horticulture, catfish cultivation, local culinary, and traditional textile.

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

For the last 8 years, Bengkel APPeK has conducted advocacy for women participation from village to district level and assisting women in microfinance and small-business.
We help landless women farmers in 10 village to organize into forum and create collective saving to fund alternative income generation. Through live in, we discuss day to day and motivate them to participate in village development process, for example taking active part village development forum discussions. We also help them identifying local economic potential and how to develop it to generate income. We then build their capacity on planning, production, and various relevant practical knowledge/ appropriate technology.

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

Currently more than 2000 women have been actively participating in village development process – bringing their aspiration in village development discussions. About 20 of them have been taking leadership role in the village governance structure/ sub-structure. About 15 of them have been trusted as motivator/ facilitator for various rural development projects.

However, the alternative income generation projects are still limited in contributing to basic needs. More resoures needed to support production (capital, equipment, processing innovation) and marketing (to break free from middlemen) in order to really provide stable income for the women.

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

With more support focusing on economic development, we hope women can really become independent and have equal position in terms of politic, social, and economy. We estimate a monthly income of Rp 500000 – 1000000 for the women through small business and loan-and-saving coop. Through sharing with village to district government and cross visit, success story will spread to other areas in NTT and motivate others to replicate.

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

Financial sustainability will depend on the success of women’s small business.

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?

Other organization in women empowerment. We build partnership with various organization working in women economic development.

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.

Bengkel APPeK is founded by young NGO activists in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur. The mission is to empower vulnerable group, women, and children on grassroot level, and encourage good (including pro-poor) governance on village to distict level.

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. Vinsensius Bureni - Coordinator
2. Merry Purwanti – Treasurer
3. Primus Ngeta – Program coordinator

plus 7 program staffs/ village facilitators

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Where have you learnt about the competition?

email distribution

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For the past 8 years, we’re partnering among which with network like FITRA (Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency) and ASPPUK (Association for Women Small Business), also donor agency like GTZ, ACCESS AUSAID, The Asia Foundation and Ford Foundation.

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

Resistance from district government in terms of policy and budget support for empowerment program. To overcome, we will maintain coordination and relationship with various sectors.

Market price dynamics. To overcome, we will give knowledge on marketing calendar for best opportunity based on timing.

Common Room Networks Foundation

Kampung Budaya Bobojong is a farmhouse & creative space that serves as urban/rural platform for culture, art & technology. As part of farming activities; this platform will also develop space for innovation, collaboration & citizen empowerment for the benefit of people in urban & rural context.

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Kampung Budaya Bobojong | Urban/Rural Platform for Art, Culture & Technology

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2014

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Indonesia, JR, Bandung

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Indonesia, JR, Sukabumi

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Kampung Budaya Bobojong is a farmhouse & creative space that serves as urban/rural platform for culture, art & technology. As part of farming activities; this platform will also develop space for innovation, collaboration & citizen empowerment for the benefit of people in urban & rural context.

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

What if a farmhouse could stimulate change & innovation for sustainable future?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Sukabumi has a rich culture & environment, especially in farming & plantation. Due to massive urbanisation & development in industrial sector, there are a widening gap between urban & rural development. Rural areas which has distinct cultural identity & environment is increasingly loose their capacity to develop their own potential. There is a critical needs to build collaboration between urban & rural communities for sustainable future.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Developing a farmhouse & creative space that serves as urban/rural platform for culture, art & technology. As part of farming activities; this platform will also facilitates art & cultural practice, as well utilisation of technology as a vehicle for innovation, collaboration & citizen empowerment. The activities will focus on the agribusiness development, including process of interaction & collaboration in order to improve access to information & knowledge, in addition to increased capacity, skills & creativity that can support the process of innovation for the benefit of people in urban & rural context. The project will also focus on job creation & income generation for youth community, as well to preserve green belt in surrounding area.

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

There is a huge percentage of labour force in Sukabumi (72% from total population), as well as increasing number of youth population. Despite of it's fast growing in farming, plantation, trading & industrial sectors, only 18,29% of the job seekers are being employed (based on information from government body for social, workforce & disaster reduction in Sukabumi). Kampung Budaya Bobojong (Bobojong Culture Village) will focus on providing space for interaction & collaboration to improve access to information, knowledge, as well capacity building, skills & creativity to narrowing the gap between the job seeker & actual employment. In the future, these up skilled labour force are expected to take part in elevating local economic growth.

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

As the organisation also aims to empower local communities through institutional development, Common Room took part in establishing several local institution such as Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF) in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, Common Room has launched 736 program & activities, approximately 122 events per year, involving more than 10.000 people, mostly the youth. Since 2012, Common Room has been supporting policy making process that encourage collaboration between government bodies, civil society organisations, academicians & practitioners through West Java Committee for Creative Economy Development. With this success story, Common Room expect to expand its program in another region, empower more youth & encourage more collaboration, so it will create a broader impact in creating the better environment for the development of creative economy & sustainable future in Jawa Barat province.

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

This project will become a pilot project that offers a new approach on the particular issues in the province. Apart from farmhouse & creative space development, the project will also construct a new narrative that renders civic participation in addressing local & regional problem, especially in building a bridge that support reciprocal collaboration between urban & rural community. In the future, the project will add a new insight in policy making process, including independent replication & adoption in other area who have similar challenge & problem.

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

The biggest investment will be placed at the early stage of establishing the farmhouse and its infrastructures, manpower, livestock breeding initiation and employee trainings. On every quarter, the farm will create sales and the revenue will be re-invested for the next year development, and so on. Furthermore, some part of the profit margin will be used for establishing and maintaining a local self sufficient creative space in the near future.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

There are very limited actor & institution who are working on this issue in Sukabumi. In the past couple of years, there has been an increasing number of youth community who are started to address the problem. Some government agency also started to have more attention on this matter. But due to limited network & capacity, there are no significant transformation yet. With our expertise & experience, the approach will strengthen the effort to stimulate change & innovation in the region, as well to connect all actors & institution who are involved in order to encourage stronger impact.

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.

Common Room Networks Foundation is an open platform for art, culture & media that was initially founded by Bandung Center for New Media Arts (2001 – 2006). Since its early stage of development, the organisation has utilised Common Room as an anchor that serves diverse individuals, communities and organisations with ongoing quantity of cooperation. Later on it become a place were people could add, edit and execute activities based on common purpose and interest, which mainly focus in developing public knowledge and creativity. Up until now, Common Room has been becoming a place that bridging dialogue and multidisciplinary collaboration, as well as platform for experimentation & creative collaboration to achieve common goal & innovation.

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?

Gustaff H. Iskandar (Founder & Director); studied fine arts at Institute Technology of Bandung.
Pitra Moes (Program Manager); studied planology at Insitute Technology of Bandung.
Donna Satyadharma (Finance Manager); studied accounting in STIE Tridharma Bandung.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

N/A

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Invitation email from Eveline.

Tell us about your partnerships:

1. Bandung Creative City Forum (Intermediary institution that focus on creative sector development in Bandung)
2. Jendela Ide (Cultural institution for Children & youth in Bandung)
3. Lokatmala (Creative community in Sukabumi)
4. Relawan TIK Sukabumi (ICT/Media volunteer network)
5. Bappeda Sukabumi (City's Development Planning Board)
6. Disporaparekraf Sukabumi (Government Agency for youth, sport, tourism & creative economy)

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

There are gap in information & knowledge, as well limited actor & practitioner in the area. We also has limited support from local government, as well funding resources to support the plan. At the moment we are intensively developing network & expert in within Sukabumi & Bandung to gain more support for the project, including support from international funding organisation.

Employment Creates Opportunity

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

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ECO Designs & Art Studio

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2015

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United States, CT, Portland

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United States, Portland

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

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

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Poverty is enemy of society and human rights. Delivery of livelihood initiatives directly to those that lack preconditions for application and award of services that transform communities into economic zones with the ripple effects of poverty reduction and resilience for sustainability.

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Empowerment To Enterprise, Poverty Reduction Through Sustainable Livelihoods

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2014

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Jamaica, Kingston

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Jamaica, Westmoreland, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon

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Poverty is enemy of society and human rights. Delivery of livelihood initiatives directly to those that lack preconditions for application and award of services that transform communities into economic zones with the ripple effects of poverty reduction and resilience for sustainability.

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

What if you could turn communities into economic zones by sending development support straight to the grassroots in full?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Assessments of CSO sector including one by GEF Small Grants Programme in Jamaica in 2008 indicate that only 10% succeed or exist past three years. Among the challenges are lack of financing, high costs, poor administration and governance, poor record keeping and lack of technical management expertise. A number of initiatives have been tried to support building of capacity but many fail enhance growth or benefits do not reach those most at need.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

CTP proposes to revolutionise the delivery mechanism for developmental support at the individual and community level, by providing that one missing; but crucial link. CTP will customise a development model that responds to the predisposing, activating and reinforcing environments to poverty and poverty reduction wholistically. Through this innovative, viable and replicable approach, CTP proposed to deliver a mechanism that leverages resources to build resilience for individuals and community groups over a longer term prior to graduation of a beneficiary from a support programme and one that reaches those most at need; that vulnerable group often overlooked as they lack pre-qualifying conditions for application and/or award.

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

When you volunteer time to write a proposal pro bono for a community group whose members would not other have been able to benefit; then you hear that the proposal has been approved and now 20 persons are smiling and hugging you telling you just how much what you have made their lives better. Their current achievement would have otherwise not been possible with no other means for income. A vital kick start departing the road of poverty and where women and families know that their economic future is hopeful is one of the most rewarding experiences of reaching out to persons most at need for social development. Following up a year later, you have reports of expansion. Such experiences give you drive to do more to meet ever growing challenges.

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

Increased capacity for 10 community groups directly impacting 150 individuals and indirectly a minimum of 800 in first instance to start and efficiently manage viable livelihood projects, reduce poverty and reverse social decline. Following evidenced-based needs and feasibility assessments, projects will be developed for funding. Direct beneficiaries will form the greater membership base and coached to chair the project management committee for their respective projects. CTP will provide direct project management and technical support or oversight of the social project depending on the capacity of each community group. To ensure knowledge is passed on to beneficiaries, each project will be designed to include a component to comprise technical assistance. This support will be enhanced over the life of the project to guarantee requisite capacity to pass the vulnerability threshold.

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

The model is easily replicable. As the current members from both urban and rural communities in the network are strengthened, new ones are added and eventually become national or even regional. Given diversity of approach, different entities may enter at different stages and graduate at various times within a cycle. The potential of reduction of rural urban drift, violence, income generation and industry development with the ability to transform economies in a real way and where the most vulnerable are given opportunity to make meaningful contribution to national economy.

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

Maximising income from variety of sources, CTP will leverage support from grant funding in first three to five years with other income generating activities such as fees for services; trade for services, and commissions/gratuities from excess gains on other livelihoods and social good projects from within the network. A unique approach to ensure and maintain cost effectiveness and value is the graduation model applied that ensures resilience.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Other.

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

Entities such as the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative and The Competitiveness Company and possible others have programmes that entail some of the elements proposed. The major difference is the cohort targeted and the wholistic approach as to resilience, time frame and graduation from support mechanism and also from start to finish of an social initiative.

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.

Working in social development for the past 11 years at the heart of numerous initiatives to reduce poverty and empower individuals and communities, I have been concerned for several years now about the high rate of reversal of project gains. Projects are short, support is limited and oftentimes, the framework within one set of support initiative is impossible for sustainability. Agonising over the situation for the past 3 years for a solution, I have observed and analysed the key gaps. Bolstered by my training in social and change communications, a wholistic solution that merges the best from several growth and change strategies and that is culturally, politically and socially appropriate came to light and has been refined in recent times.

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?

Nicole West-Hayles, MA; Wayne McKenzie, JP - Co-Chair; Tamara Wright - Co-Chair; Renee West - Education Rep.; Monique Thomas - Youth Representative on Board; Headley Frater - Business ma/Board Director; Joshua Young - Co-ordinator, Mearnsville/Auldayr Community Development Committee

The team will expand and formalise over coming months as moves to start-up drawn from network developed over the past 11 years and responsive to current demands.

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None. Except for small grants awarded to community based organisation that the Founder has written for beneficiaries pro bono.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Ashoka Google hangout on culture

Tell us about your partnerships:

CTP will partner will formalise partnerships from within the network that includes grass roots community groups and community leaders, private sector, youth clubs and others desirous of making change. Working with these groups over the years, they have demonstrated the desire for change.

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

1. Political interference (consultations with political stakeholders, management of expectations)
2. Adverse weather conditions (plan activities most favourable to weather conditions and to maximise gains prior to onset of poor weather)
3. Poor economic conditions (economic activities properly managed to maximise gains and leveraging of resources in network)
4. Delarys in transfer of knowledge to direct beneficiaries (flexibility built into the intake model)

KoL Starts

KoL Starts is the mobile and visual incubation of Lesotho and South Africa founded ideas, start-up and small business, to boot-strap acceleration and offer strategic consultancy

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Incubation and Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment

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2013

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Lesotho, MS, Maseru

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South Africa, FS, Maseru

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KoL Starts is the mobile and visual incubation of Lesotho and South Africa founded ideas, start-up and small business, to boot-strap acceleration and offer strategic consultancy

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

you are given all the necessary resources to pursue you idea, what change would you bring?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The lack of support system for newly founded startup or businesses

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

An incubation equipped with necessary resource to help startups and newly founded businesses

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Entrepreneurship

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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

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Senegal, DA, Dakar

Country where this project is creating social impact

Senegal, DA, Dakar

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

Reduce unemployment and precarious employment of young people in Africa has to be done through the improved performance of micro and small enterprises which account for 90 % in Senegal and support self - employment among young people through access to funding and support ( mentoring)

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

And if joinafric was the practical solution to find funding to start the project without going through the financial institutions?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The youth unemployment rate (15-35 years) is estimated to be 12.2%. The unemployment rate of graduates of the highest level reached was 31% in 2011 versus 16% in 2005. Enterprises aren't recruiting anymore. Access to finance for young people is difficult because of the conditions and procedures imposed by financial institutions. Micro and small enterprises are taking a long time to grow and recruit more people.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Through a web platform , projects and MSMEs can find funds with venture capital, have experienced mentorship, and support. First, the start-up raises funds online, it has the option to sell shares online to attract venture capital, or communities that benefits from the product/service offered can finance the project. Then, now that the young person has presented his or her start-up on the platform, they have the ability to find experienced people that can help improve their start-up either for free or by a contract for the service. Finally , incubators can sign partnership agreements and support start-ups to start and maintain these companies.

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

Abdou has an interesting project with high social impact but does not have the technical and financial means to develop it. With free registration on the website or call the structure, he can launch a fundraiser. Thus, consumers consider the potential project , mentors help it improve its project on the business plan, and users finance the project and share the risk with hinm. If the fundraiser is successful, it has the possibility of being incubated in order to have the necessary support such as office and experts. Thus , the project is effectively started and risk is minmized for him. The idea of group financing was recently tested at Muslim festivals and young people successfully did it.

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

With a population of over 50% young people, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs ) representing 90% of enterprises in Senegal, the impact would be enormous. In Senegal , initiatives to encourage youth entrepreneurship are numerous, and the projects are stored on the shelf due to a lack of funding and technical support. From there, the participatory financing of young people, followed by mentorship and accompanied by incubation, can, alone, solve their employment problem. Thus, project teams are born and long-term support of the best enterprises will promote an increase in employement. MSMEs if they are well supported help maintain the existing employment they've already created and their long term growth will lead to them recruiting more. Start-ups and micro, small and medium businesses are the engines of economic growth in Senegal.

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

Accompaniment by incubators and monitoring by experts (mentorship) promote the development of MSMEs in the market and job creation by emerging start-ups, maintaning existing jobs and opportunities to scale these companies will promote the creation of new job. For growing ideas, joinafric will promote local expertise to support young people and MSMEs because they know the market better. With ICT , growing an innovation requires just a communication and partnership with the incubators of each country.

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

Because the platform offers services it will charge a percentage commission that will be deducted from the funds raised by the project leaders and micro, small and medium enterprises. Companies wishing to recruit freelancers will have to pay too.
- Commissions on each project 's successful fundraising
-Commission on each MSME fundraising ;
-Pay by companies seeking freelancers;

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses, National government, Customers, Other.

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

In Senegal, apart from the financial structures such as banks and microfinance through bilateral cooperation, we note the presence of different country funds or international institution such as the European Union, or Canadian funds. Recently, the National Economic Development Bank (BNDE) was set up by the state. The project differs from these approaches in that it is sufficient to present a project with strong economic and social impact that could entice potential venture capitalists. Everything done online for free without any administrative fees charged beforehand.

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 idea came to me in 2011, I was preparing my degree. Passionate about finance and entrepreneurship, my desire was to create a business. After researching financing options in Senegal, my observation is that young people are not able to set up a company with the financial structures (banks and microfinance) because the requirements are not in line with the socio-economic realities of the country. So I've been thinking about how to find funding without going through these financial structures. I thought about meetings between investors and project developers on a web platform. I discussed with university professors, and deepened my research.

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?

My team consists of web developers (2) Accounting (1), of computer graphics (1), lawyer (1). They work full-time while also pursuing degrees at higher education universities of Dakar and plan to deepen their knowledge abroad. They all have experience in their domain with the internships in local companies. The Board of Directors is composed of four permanent members.

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Positive assessment by the government authority working in the field of ICT;
-Assessment by a University Professor of Economics;
-Assessment by a University Professor of Computer Science;

Tell us about your partnerships

Clients: -Companies: use joinafric services to find freelancers, have visibilty with advertising, raise money to raise capital;
-Young graduates: use joinafric services to fundrais and do freelance work;
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-Service Providers: mobile banking will allow us to set up accounts (for projects and investors who purchase Units) for fundraising;
-Investors: contribution of useful capital for starting joinafric activities.

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

The financial aspect, the novelty of the service locally, youth trust, service availability nationally.

Joinafric has tracked these challenges and thought long and hard to overcome it. On the financial side joinafric first uses the same idea that it is based upon, meaning it is securing financial capital and selling stocks, this method has successfully provided the human and financial resources that we need for companies even in Europe. These proposed services have developed over a long time in many countries of the world, so joinafric appealed to mentors in the field of finance and information technology to supervise them. Thus, a safe provision is established for youth in the protection of their project ideas, the confidentiality of data. For example, in Senegal, there Senegalese Office copyright (BSDA). Broadband does not cover the entire national territory, that is why the joinafric offices will be opened in areas with low internet or even no flow to train youth on the sale of services and business creation.

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

The idea of joinafric is buying shares in new companies and bringing in expertise. That is why we seek mentors and African business angel investors to contribute the financial and human resources to the development of youth enterprises. Our idea is based on the participation of investors in the development and sustainability of young businesses in Africa. We hope that all business Angel investors, mentors, investors, young people, companies and individuals who are interested in actively participating in a project in any way possible. Thus, this collaboration enables young people to gain experience and know-how and perpetuates, at the same time, their employment.

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, Job Search, Entrepreneurship, Products or Services, Financing.

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

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

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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Lack of youth empowerment

Entrepreneurs of the Future

Colombia is a beautiful country, strategically located and with a healthy and fair commercial relation with the rest of world.

This is the perfect time and opportunity to promote entrepreneurship among young people. This is the right moment to invest and believe in the seeds of the future!

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Autobody Skills for Jobs Project

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

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Starting Up Development Initiative

The SUD Initiative's aim is to leverage local entrepreneurial self-help groups as change agents by providing skills training and facilitating the establishment of strategic investment and entrepreneurship partnerships that solve community challenges and foster economic and community development.

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Starting Up Development Initiative

The SUD Initiative recognizes the in-built capacity within communities to effect positive change. Building local entrepreneurial self-help groups as change agents by providing access to resources and meaningful partnerships to solve community challenges supports economic and community development.

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Leveraging community self help groups as Agents for Change

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

Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Kisumu East

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

The SUD Initiative's aim is to leverage local entrepreneurial self-help groups as change agents by providing skills training and facilitating the establishment of strategic investment and entrepreneurship partnerships that solve community challenges and foster economic and community development.

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

What if local self-help groups actively participated in and took charge of their own community development?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Rural Nyanza does not suffer from a lack of international and national initiatives offering quick "blanket" development solutions . Many of these projects inevitably fail as they are often externally conceptualized and operated, failing to invite community participation and investment into their development plans . Our question, how do we prepare in-built self-help groups to take part in creating and effecting change within their community?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our plan is to build local entrepreneurial self-help groups as social change agents . We aim to do this by providing skills training, facilitating strategic entrepreneurship and marketing opportunities, and first-round financing opportunities to these local groups to prepare them for sustainable enterprise. In addition, the initiative will work with these groups to raise awareness on the benefits of potential social change interventions and increase community engagement and collaboration. Bringing community owned, affordable and easily accessible services to the community through in-built community networks supports economic and development sustainability.

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

The "Solar for All" project arose from a collaborative partnership between MIDEP (Masogo Intergrated Development Programme), a local community organization in Masogo, SunnyMoney Kenya and the SUD initiative. MIDEP played an important role in determining the feasibility and effectiveness in introducing and selling affordable solar lamps in the rural area. The overwhelming positive support from MIDEP helped us create an effective awareness campaign in 3 churches and 4 primary schools in the area on the long term benefits of using solar lamps on the individual and the community. The SUD Initiative funded the project by providing an initial seed capital of USD 1686 for the acquisition of 73 solar lamps.

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

Our awareness campaign generated immense positive feedback from community members. Primary school students and teachers shared about the benefits they experienced from using solar lamps ( multipurpose - lighting, reading, home duties, portability) while parents praised its monetary benefits and solar phone charging potential. Using an interest free seed capital loan from the SUD initiative of USD 1686, MIDEP sold 73 lamps, was able to recycle its initial capital in 3 months and allowed MIDEP to continue building up its inventory to meet the demand for solar lamps within the Masogo community.

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

We are observing increasing interest from other self-help groups about our services, given the success of MIDEP with this solar project. We anticipate that other community groups like MIDEP will not only be able to sustain a profitable social enterprise, but also increase their ability to create and fund its social services. The SUD initiative therefore has the opportunity to replicate and tailor its services to these communities by collaboratively establishing community needs and solutions, skills training, and financing for dedicated social self-help groups.

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

Our aim is to be a community development financial institution, securing funding from foundations, impact investors as well as engage regional development agencies to fund majority of our capacity building programs and financing for entrepreneurial self-help groups. Our revenue source will be from the interest charged on the loans offered to these groups.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Customers, Other.

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

There is a proliferation of social enterprises focusing on directly providing products to rural communities. Instead of looking of them as competitors, leveraging entrepreneurial community groups as in-built networks can serve as a new way to increase proliferation of community selected products into previously hard to access communities. Community based organizations as vehicles for social entrepreneurship as we observed, has meant less inflation of costs as compared to costs incurred with traditional business models that drive up final product costs.

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.

Growing up in Kenya exposed me to the important impact of local self-help groups in maintaining individual and overall community self-worth. Most of my peers were only able to afford the amenities of daily life by investing and receiving loans from these self-help groups which improved our quality of life and allowed us to afford secondary education. I saw however that much of these funds could be redirected towards income generating activities that would not only benefit the community but also the group's individual members. With the rise of social enterprise, a new idea was born: how to combine these two benefits by leveraging already robust community networks as service delivery channels!

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?

Grace Kinda - Founder, Project Manager - Masters Student at Villanova University
Dr. Pritpal Singh - Advisor
Darlyn Merilan - Technical Advisor
We are also in the process of creating a youth development advocate team (YDA) that will match youth leaders with community organizations to assist in capacity building activities and technical support.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Villanova University International Project Grant Award 2014

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Twitter - I follow @changemakers

Tell us about your partnerships:

Villanova University (International Students Office) - Awarded the pilot project grant
MIDEP - Community organization and local partner selling affordable solar lamps in the Masogo (Kisumu) community
Solar Aid (SunnyMoney Kenya) - They leveraged free training and free replacement of acquired solar lamps as part of our joint partnership with MIDEP.

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

Seed capital for these groups to embark on entrepreneurship projects - Instead of depending on foundations or other grantors for seed capital, our emphasis on business training will provide skills on how to acquire start-up capital from non-NGO sources. These include using Kiva, and bank loans.
Preparing a learning syllabus to prepare groups for business operation and management - To address this, we will employ evidence-based training programs already established by organizations such as Zawadisha, IFC, CARE

Caribbecology/IT for Modern Agriculture

This is a system of intermediation between supply and demand for the sale of Haitian agricultural products over Internet. This plateform provides the main service of publishing a description of an offer ( provider) or application ( potential buyer ), allow commercial transactions and handle delivery

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Shaoxing Marina Biotechnology Co., Ltd./Shaoxing Yamei Biochemistry Co.,Ltd , one of the top Aspartame manufacturer in China since 1998, we have 15 years experience in providing aspartame for food industry,aspartame for drink industry and aspartame for pharmaceutical industry.

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EMPOWERMENT OF MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES (E-MAC)

Access to affordable modern fuels is needed to address the issues of climate change in poor countries. Since it takes wood to produce charcoal, cooking with firewood and charcoal is a major source of deforestation in Tanzania.
The idea aims at replacing wood based charcoal with non wood charcoal

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GREEN MICROFINANCE

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Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Tanzania, MO, Morogoro

Country where this project is creating social impact

Tanzania, MW, Mwanza

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

Access to affordable modern fuels is needed to address the issues of climate change in poor countries. Since it takes wood to produce charcoal, cooking with firewood and charcoal is a major source of deforestation in Tanzania.
The idea aims at replacing wood based charcoal with non wood charcoal

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

What if all the forest are destroyed because of firewood and making charcoal?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Traditional charcoal production has led to severe deforestation in Tanzania causing environmental stress and degradation and raising vulnerability towards climate change.
Tanzania has lost approximately 15% of its forest cover and more than 37% of its forest and woodland habitat. The increasing demand of charcoal motivates people to produce wood charcoal un sustainably for a small economic benefit which comes at a high cost to the environment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Wood charcoal however destructive to the forest it may be, can not be eliminated from the lives of Africans unless there is an alternative affordable cooking energy.
Our idea is to promote a fuel switch from unsustainable charcoal to sustainable non wood charcoal through green micro finance.
We will empower small groups of entrepreneurs with knowledge and finance so they can produce and supply charcoal briquette in a sustainable method.
The project will also promote the use of clean cook stoves to complement the use of charcoal briquettes.

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

Tanzania which once prided in being among the greenest countries on the continent is facing a major threat desertification brought up by major acts of deforestation.
Deforestation in turn leads to depletion of soil quality, soil erosion and decrease in agricultural yields. By replacing wood based charcoal with sustainable clean energy, we will be providing a solution to all those challenges but with a single intervention.
By reducing deforestation the soil quality will improves, which in turn will lead to improvement in agricultural yields. By reducing deforestation we will also be reducing climate change vulnerability and lastly we will improve people's income through green business.

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

By promoting energy switch from unsustainable wood charcoal to non wood charcoal made from agricultural wastes and dry bio mass, the project major impact will be a decrease in deforestation activities.

The job creation and improvement in income through green business will also be another impact of the project.

The positive impact for reduced deforestation is global, most of us understands the issues of climate change and global warming and how it is affecting the lives of innocent people globally.

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

To attain full impact potential, the project need fist to be sustainable. We will try our level best to lower the operating cost and charge an affordable interest rate to the loans we give for starting up a charcoal briquette production business. Once we are operational self sufficient, we will seek financing from the commercial and non commercial sources to expand our operations countrywide.

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

We will try our level best to lower the operating cost and charge an affordable interest rate to the loans we give for starting up a charcoal briquette production business. Once we are operational self sufficient, we will seek financing from the commercial and non commercial sources to expand our operations countrywide.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs.

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

There is one NGO called ARTI Energy Tanzania which is also training people to make charcoal briquette. However, the NGO is not providing finance for starting up a charcoal briquette production as our idea suggests. Again their operation is only limited to one district.

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 impacts of climate change is affecting different people in different ways. In my country the rainfall season has changed, the farmers can no longer predict when it will rain, so they can't plan their farming activities properly which in turn affects their agricultural yields and food security.

The level of snow at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro is decreasing because of global warming ( Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the only mountain in Sub saharan Africa covered with snow at the top)

One of the reasons for global warming is deforestation. I want to play a role in fighting deforestation while improving people's income and livelihood.

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 am an experienced banker with specialization in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Financing. I hold a Masters in Microfinance and Bachelor in Finance.

My colleague has a lot of experience in working with Self Help Groups. He has worked with Care International and Catholic Relief Service on Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) models. He holds a Masters in Community Economic Development

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

The project is still an idea, it has not been implemented

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From the change makers website

Tell us about your partnerships:

I am not partnering with another organization

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

Convicing people to make the behavioral shift from a way of cooking that their families and communities have used for generations to charcoal briquette is a challenge.
For this reason I plan to conduct sensitization activities, conduct awareness creation campaign and provide training on environmental impacts and economic benefits of charcoal briquette and clean cook stoves versus traditional charcoal.

Liberian Energy Network (LEN)

Since its founding, Liberian Energy Network ( LEN )has distributed over 7,000 solar lighting units which provides electricity to more than 35,000 rural Liberians. LEN projects to distribute over 200,000 solar lights by 2018, providing light to more than one million Liberians.

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Nikweli

Project Subtitle

Getting You(th) Hired in Tanzania

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

Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

Country where this project is creating social impact

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

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

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

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

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

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

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

Subcontracting: Expensive, few reliable subcontractors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* full time
** part time

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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