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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the job show

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Lagos
Nigeria
6° 30' 0.1764" N, 3° 25' 24.7836" E

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For all the time after the start of commercial production of tuff, in more than 20 quarries of Artik region has accumulated about 30 million cubic meters of waste that pollute the environment. This project is supposed to start processing of these wastes and production of new and popular products.

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Farm Capital Africa Ltd

We exist to provide Young, African Agri-preneurs with
community backed investments, using the power of the people
to drive prosperity in Africa.
We seek to address the food security gap by facilitating access to much needed funds to Africa's farmers.

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Year founded

2013

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Kenya, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Machakos

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

We exist to provide Young, African Agri-preneurs with
community backed investments, using the power of the people
to drive prosperity in Africa.
We seek to address the food security gap by facilitating access to much needed funds to Africa's farmers.

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

What if a risk-return agreement with agri-preneurs could be as a means to alleviate food insecurity?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There's close to an annual one billion dollar small holder farming financing gap that is not being met currently. (Kenya Treasury Statistics, 2012)

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

We provide a platform for investors to provide capital to agri-preneurs while receiving a return for their investment.

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

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

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Where have you learnt about the competition?

Through the internet.

Tell us about your partnerships:

In November 2014, we partnered with the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC), which will provide business advisory, training and mentor ship services; access to finance; and business networking forums.

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

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Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC) is a World Bank-infoDev initiative designed to support the development and scale of locally relevant innovative business ideas and climate technologies.

NewLight Africa

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Nairobi
Kenya
1° 17' 5.8236" S, 36° 47' 58.0056" E

NewLight Africa is a the logical next step of a proven model that has already sold 1,3 million solar-powered LED lights, run by the most successful CEO in the industry - Steve Andrews, formerly of SunnyMoney (a division of SolarAid).

Ocean and Earth Limited.

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

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

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Ocean and Earth Limited.

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A social enterprise empowering rural communities to fight extreme poverty.

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

Year founded

2011

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Nigeria, OG

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, OG

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

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Where have you learnt about the competition?

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

Tell us about your partnerships:

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Olufemi Morakinyo, 2348055947623, morakinyofemi@yahoo.com

An alumnus of the University of Lagos, where he obtained his PhD degree.
Aside his scholarly inclination, he has developed vast entrepreneurial interests and managed investments in agriculture spanning cassava farming and poultry production over the last 20 years.

2. Gbenga Suberu, 2348037008320, gbengasuberu@yahoo.com

He possesses over 15 years exposure in marketing and sales of fast moving consumer goods. Mr. Suberu is currently the Head, Marketing and Sales of one of the Dangote Group subsidiary companies.

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Tomato Jos

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Helping smallholder farmers become expert tomato growers to serve local markets.

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

Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa State

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, Keffi, Nasarawa State

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

Tomato Jos is an agricultural production company that believes in the power of making local food products for local consumption. We are for-profit social enterprise that produces tomato paste in Nigeria for the domestic market, and we source our raw materials from smallholder farmers.

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

We could empower smallholder farmers to transform from subsistence earners to agricultural experts who drive sustainable economic development?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Nigeria is the largest country in Africa (170M people and $488B GDP). And tomatoes are a staple ingredient in Nigerian cuisine. Each year, rural farmers grow $2B worth of fresh tomatoes, but 50% rot before they can reach the market due to poor infrastructure and the delicate nature of tomatoes. As a result, Nigeria imports almost $500M of tomato paste each year, but smallholder farmers are cut off from this large and growing market.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A well-located, commercial tomato processing operation focused on continuous production can increase smallholder farmer incomes by 5X. Our model links farmers directly to paste production, simultaneously reducing poverty for a vulnerable subset of the population and decreasing need to import a dietary staple in the local cuisine. At scale, Tomato Jos will operate three business lines: (1) Farm and agricultural center with farmer education and bundled inputs to help smallholder farmers grow and harvest crops more efficiently; (2) Logistics and supply chain support to navigate the “last mile” to farms and safely bring produce to the factory; and (3) Food processing and packaging facility that prepares branded paste for Nigerian markets.

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

Azumi has been farming tomatoes in northern Nigeria for 15 years. It's backbreaking work, and it's not always profitable. Many farmers have to borrow at 100% interest rates from local lenders to buy seeds and fertilizer. And once the tomatoes have been harvested, they have limited access to consumers in the big cities. Small-scale farmers like Azumi can struggle just to break even. Farmers who work with Tomato Jos receive seedlings, fertilizer and other inputs on interest-free credit. They are trained by agronomists who help monitor the progress of their crops. Tomato Jos buys their produce at a consistent price, securing tomatoes for its processing plant. Higher yields and less wastage will increase Azumi's income from $1000 to $5000!

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

We measure our success in terms of financial returns, job creation, and direct farmer impact. By Year 7, we will achieve revenue of $40 million with 30% EBITDA margins, creating over 500 new jobs in the local economy. We believe that we can directly impact smallholder farmers and increase their incomes with:

1) Increased Yield. Advanced farming practices, high quality seeds and inputs, and individualized hands-on support will help the farmers in our network to achieve yields of 55MT per hectare, from a national baseline average of 7MTper hectare.
2) Decreased Post-Harvest Loss. Estimates suggest that 40-60% of tomatoes are “lost” after harvest. By improving post-harvest transport and providing a steady market, we will substantially decrease the percentage of tomatoes lost after harvest.

At scale, we will work with 1,000 farmers, increasing their collective income by $4 million.

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

There is ample opportunity to expand our farmer engagement model across West Africa, and to broaden our reach beyond tomatoes into other crops. We will expand our product range primarily through the promotion of sustainable crop rotation practices, seeking to produce additional value-add food products that will complement our existing product lines. As a for-profit company, we will focus on markets with high growth potential. However, our approach will always be to start small and work closely with farmer groups to demonstrate the feasibility of commercial processing before scaling for growth.

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

We will need ~$250,000 to operate for the next 18 months and conduct our proof-of-concept pilot. We have already raised $95,000 and plan to raise the remainder through business plan competitions, fellowships, grants, and an angel investment round. Following the successful conclusion of our pilot we will be in a position to raise growth capital from strategic partners, angel investors, and/or VCs in Q2 2015. We expect to be profitable by 2018.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, National government, Customers, Other.

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

Retail packaged tomato paste is a $1.5 Billion market in Nigeria. There is currently no tomato paste processing capacity in the country. 90% of imported paste comes from China and is a low quality product. Existing brands target consumers without segmenting the market, making little to no effort to differentiate themselves. Our vertically integrated value chain offers the most advanced inputs to farmers with support and training to maximize their full potential, and access to a guaranteed market. We can then offer end consumers a higher quality locally branded product at competitive prices.

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 Mira joined the Clinton Foundation in 2008, she worked in northern Nigeria. She saw that although tomatoes and tomato paste were a staple in Nigerian cooking, it seemed that the thousands of subsistence tomato farmers were unable to sell a significant amount of their crops - whole fields of tomatoes were rotting on the vine for lack of a market. At the same time, tomato paste was imported from China. Mira saw an opportunity to provide farmers with a steady income, reduce agricultural waste, and decrease Nigeria's dependence on imported food. The "aha" moment didn't come until the fall of 2013, when Mira read that Dangote was investing in a tomato paste factory in Nigeria - this made us believe in Mira's idea and decide to pursue it!

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

Besides Mira (CEO) and Shane (COO), Tomato Jos has hired an expert agronomist from California with 40+ years' experience farming tomatoes, a farm manager with 10+ years' experience farming vegetables and fruits in Nigeria, and a 5-person operational team. We also leverage our relationships with advisors and mentors who have PE experience, operational experience running agribusinesses in Ghana and Nigeria, and American tomato paste companies.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

In April 2014, Tomato Jos won second place in the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition - Social Enterprise Track. As a part of this prize our company was awarded $25,000 cash to continue to pursue the business, as well as $7,000 in-kind legal services from Foley Hoag and and $7,000 in-kind consulting services from Bridgespan.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

I learned about the competition from Cheikh SY who works for Ashoka Changemakers. After researching the competition, I think Tomato Jos is a great fit and am very excited to apply!

Tell us about your partnerships:

1. Syngenta: sourcing high-quality tomato seeds and gaining best practices in tomato growth strategies for Nigeria
2. Woolf Farming and Processing / Los Gatos Tomato Products: technical advice on tomato farming, drip irrigation, and processing
3. Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture: Access to "clusters" of smallholder tomato farmers
4. Novum Agric Industries: Additional operational support on the farm (HR, accounting, sourcing supplies, etc.)

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

We need to generate a strong demand for our tomato paste in the market in order to (eventually) command a 3% market share. We plan to sell direct-to-market in our first few years of operation to conduct market testing and understand drivers of demand before launching a global brand. We are also budgeting a marketing spend of 20% of revenue to support the brand.

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

1. Matt Guidarelli
bio:Matthew Guidarelli is the Assistant Director for Social & Cultural Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Innovation Lab. His work focuses on supporting and advising early-stage startups committed to creating meaningful and lasting solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
email: matthew_guidarelli@harvard.edu
phone:617-496-6680

2. Maurine Murtagh
bio: Maurine is the Chief executive of The Murtagh Group, a consulting firm specializing in diagnostics for global health. From 2006 to 2010, Maurine Murtagh was the Director of Diagnostic Services for the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Maurine was a corporate partner at the law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco, California, where her focus was on mergers/acquisitions and securities law.
email:maurinemurtagh@sbcglobal.net
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Pandhu Agro Sentosa

This project is to answer the world's food scarcity problem with sustainable organic agriculture, especially fresh water fishery, that at the same time will elevate poverty in rural area. And green consumerism is one of the strategies to attract more people to care for the world and their health.

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Bicycles Against Poverty

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.

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Live like a local...legit.

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Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Singapore

Country where this project is creating social impact

Singapore

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Where have you learnt about the competition?

I follow Ashoka Changemakers' updates on Facebook.

Tell us about your partnerships:

None yet, but we are planning to partner with two different segments of people.
1. Community centres in Singapore. These are centres that are embedded within the suburban community to engage citizens. We feel that more can be done to engage them in a meaningful yet rewarding manner, especially those who are stay-home mothers or students on their holidays.
2. Low-cost hostels. We aim to attract customers through these fun places.

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

We foresee that because the tourism industry is rife with big boys, the idea may be easy replicated. We aim to combat this by creating unique itineraries and forming relationships with citizens that provide convenience and understanding.

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Our Lady of Mercy Community Services

This project is offering alternative employable skills training to illiterate and semi illiterate young girls. The training comprises skills training in soap-making, smoke weaving, fashion designing, beads making, floral decorations, batik, tie and dye making,ICT and entrepreneurial development.

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ICT and entrepreneurship development

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

Year founded

2005

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Ghana, UE, Navrongo

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ghana, UE, Navrongo

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

This project is offering alternative employable skills training to illiterate and semi illiterate young girls. The training comprises skills training in soap-making, smoke weaving, fashion designing, beads making, floral decorations, batik, tie and dye making,ICT and entrepreneurial development.

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

Using ICT to inprove upon practical training, products so as to be competitive in the global market.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

High school dropouts and unemployment rates, mostly young girls and women, are becoming alarming in Northern Ghana. Increased rural urban migration of these young girls to look for non-existence jobs in the urban cities is also increasing by the day. Furthermore, Artisans such as dressmakers, fashion designers and head dressers continue to use the same old styles in marketing their products in the markets. This invariably takes them ages to grow

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

It is for this reason that we think giving these young girls and women alternative employment skills training could go a long way to increase their income earning capacity thereby reducing unemployment by creating self employment, hence poverty reduction. In addition the project is introducing innovative training and product development so that it will increase the competitiveness of the products in the markets using ICT for the artisans. ICT is now driving business. The internet has become the most powerful tool in reaching out to new markets and customers. It has also become a huge learning centre for innovation and creativity. Hence introducing this via the internet to the artisans will support the growth of their businesses.

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

One of our trainees who passed out after going through our liquid soap production training course for three Months called Eva Dambabia, currently is producing and selling in the local market. She even extends her market to distance communities such as Sandema, Chuchuliga and Chaina. The good thing about her business is that she started with little capital, just GHC100.00 and did not need to rent a place to start. She therefore started from her home. She tells us her immediate family do not buy soap for anything since they all use the liquid soap for bathing, washing of cloths and dishes. This in a way save them a lot of money. Furthermore she has started training others deprived girls to acquire the same skill. She makes over 30-40% profit.

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

So far we have trained over 180 young girls and women who have acquired various skills and have successfully passed out. Majority of them are into the liquid soap making, batik, tie and dye, beads making, dressmaking Fashion and designing. Their lives have drastically improved as we have set them up into co-operatives and supporting them to start their various businesses in the area of their skills. The profit from these businesses are shared among those in the group and some saved towards supporting and expanding their businesses. The minimum profit made by each group is about 25%. Our aim is not only to provide them with skills but to build them up as entrepreneurs and employ others through our mentoring programme.

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

Our aim is to expand the project to other towns in Northern Ghana. We have made some contacts with other District Assemblies to extend our activities there. Our projection is to be able to increases our beneficiaries to over 200 annually looking into the future. This will do by contacting liked minded institutions, organization and communities to support this projection as it is a poverty reduction tool especially as we are targeting girls and women.

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

We have yearly budget that we prepare and then work towards raising funds from our partners, donors, friends, other institutions to meet the budget for the year. We also raise funds from the sales of the products we sell during training. For example, when we produce batik, tie dye and other products we organize exhibitions show to display the products for the general public to buy and that also serves as income for us.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Customers.

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

We currently do not have similar projects to that magnitude in the target communities. What we have are individual craftsmanship which is at a minimal rate.

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

I went to the city one time to buy some item, and to my surprise a lady walked up to me and said "let me carry your goods for a fee". so I asked her background, then she told me she is from Northern Ghana working as kayaye (head porter) in Accra, looking for money to learn Dressmaking. Apparently she could not afford the fee to pay for her apprenticeship. From then I started thinking of what to do to help my sisters from the North since I also come from there.

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 a six member Executive Board, of which four are women. They meet quarterly to take major decisions concerning the activities of the organization. They have oversight supervision on the five member management committee made up of a chair, vice, treasurer, secretary and the Director. We currently have 5 full time staff and 12 volunteers to manage project activities. Trainers are contracted as and when they are needed.

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We have not received awards or honours yet except appreciations from our sponors and partners.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From the internet

Tell us about your partnerships:

We have several partners such as SOCIAL MOBILIZATION FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, they are a community development organisation that support us in our community mobilization efforts. Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA- SENEGAL support us with funding so also are
Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Ghanaman.
District Directorate of Health Service

Commercial Sex Workers
Women Awareness’ Centre.

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

Our major challenge is funding. So what we are doing is networking with like minded organisation and the community opinion leaders to support the project

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

1 Dr. Bernard Acquah Obeng
He is a Lecturer / Research Fellow at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
bacquah_obeng@gimpa.edu.gh, and b.a.obeng@googlemail.com
Tel: +233-302401681 ext.2701, +233-245431632

2.
Daniel Batidam,
He is the Presidential Adviser on Governance in Ghana
Tel: +233-541004787, + 233-2006237380
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Tiny Little Dream

TLD’s mission is to make keepsake dolls to commemorate special occasions such as the birth of a child. We do this by entirely creating a doll in a single day, that is date stamped with the creation date.

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high premium inspirational children's doll eco friendly way

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Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

United States, NY, NY

Country where this project is creating social impact

United States, NY, new york

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

TLD’s mission is to make keepsake dolls to commemorate special occasions such as the birth of a child. We do this by entirely creating a doll in a single day, that is date stamped with the creation date.

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

What if each high premium hand made doll inspires each child while provides job opportunities for underprivileged women?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Many kids products were foreign made with absence of quality control and some contained hazardous substances/materials. In addition, the kids product industry offers limited options of premium kids products with inspiration.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

I have felt the desire to create something special for our children and that matters for the society. In addition, I have realized that I must start a business that considers (1) consumers, (2) social-economic goods and (iii) shareholders.

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

After establishing my new path, I have started producing all hand-made, all natural-materials kids dolls. Dolls were made by upcycling worn high quality clothes and used found materials from flea markets from all over the world. I hand dyes using natural plants and teas and each doll is stuffed with a sustainable corn fiber stuffing. All designs were focused on inspiring our children. All dolls were made in New York City.

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

The original concept of TLD was first founded based on my love and hope for
children. Locally I’ve been volunteering art tutoring for children at community churches. In fact, My core art style is painting, designing and illustration of artwork specifically for children. My artwork has been donated to local children
children illustration education artwork previously.

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

TLD, as an emerging company, is planning to dedicate myself to provide community artwork tutoring for local NYC children through local churches and plan to expand my commitment to fund raising which will be committed to college tuition for selective under-privileged children, to provide foods and shelter for homeless and to providing counseling and jobs for battered women.

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

To date, Tiny Little Dream has established a small retail present in NYC while hired local women (part time) to hand made circa 100 inventory of hand made children dolls. Going forward, TLD hopes to raise VC funding as well as grants to launch a fully operational practice.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family.

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

To date, we are not ware of other operations that seek to offer children dolls while seeking to create jobs locally, assisting underprivileged women particularly.

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

While working as a kids product designer, I was shopping for my niece’s 3 year birthday gift one day. I wanted to buy something very unique, inspiring and eco-friendly kinds’ toy for my niece. However, after multiple shopping and research, I was unable to find the gift and realized how the kids product industry offers limited options of premium kids products with inspiration.

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?

Hee-jung Park, one of the co-founders and creative director of Tiny Little Dream has been working in creative fashion industry over 10 years until she found TLD. After graduating from School of Visual Arts, majored in Graphic design, she took her career as children’s book illustrator and kids accessories/toy designer.

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

Location

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

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

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Creating Africa's largest skills network for collaboration and development

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Nigeria, LA, Lagos

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, LA, Lagos

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

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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None Yet

Where have you learnt about the competition?

changemakers.com

Tell us about your partnerships:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ifueko Omoigui Okauru +2348033245689 ifuekoomoigui@yahoo.com
Sola Akinde +2348060165000

Mkulima Young

In a remarkable effort to address the challenges the youth face in agriculture, founder Joseph Macharia and Mkulima Young have proved that social media has the power to effectively engage young people in agriculture and that agribusiness is indeed a viable alternative to formal employment.

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Young Volunteers for Environment

To better living conditions for future generations, Sena transforms young people into environmental champions to support the creation of a green economy. Young Volunteers for Environment, “JVE,” is Africa’s largest youth organization working for the protection of the environment.

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Perama Center

The main purposes of Perama Center activities are increasing the quality and competence of human resources internally and externally. Concerning to the environment and society, the main purpose is developing tourism objects.

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Social Business

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

Year founded

2000

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Indonesia, BA, Denpasar

Country where this project is creating social impact

Indonesia, NB, East Lombok and Bangli

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The main purposes of Perama Center activities are increasing the quality and competence of human resources internally and externally. Concerning to the environment and society, the main purpose is developing tourism objects.

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

social activities impact to the prosperity of local community

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Kampung Padak is located in East Lombok, 3km north Khayangan Harbor . The location of this village is very strategic to see the beautiful panorama of Mt Rinjani, especially in sunrise time. It has quiet big bay which used as traditional harbor and traditional docking. . They still keep their way of life in traditional. They do not aware about their health, keeping the environment clean and beautiful which are good for their future.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

1. Perama Center gives training program continuously to the staff recruited from the local young villagers. The training program contains of hard skill and soft skill.
2. Build some toilets to be placed at the local Mosque area.
3. Distribute engine for motor boat to the fisherman community.
4. Perama Center works hand in hand with the villagers, local entrepreneur, harbor master and government of East Lombok to build public space for recreation area.

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

1. Through the training activities, we educate them about building a boat, carpenter, painting, engine, how to speak simple English conversation, cleanliness, beauty, ethic, management, tourism services, crew of the tourism boat, etc. They learn all those skills to know their interests, talent and hobby.
2. The distribution mechanism of the engine boat is leasing contract. The engine doesn't belong to each person, but belongs to the community. They could use the engine as long as they like. They have to look after the engine. All engine will be taken back by community if they don’t use it effective and efficiently.
2. we maintain the road infrastructure, parking space, culinary area for food stall, and little garden to enjoy the area.

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

1. the recruited local people use those skills at other company or try to start their own simple business, such as having own boat for transferring local or foreign tourist to the snorkeling spots around East Lombok.
2. the fishermen could fishing further and get more catching without using any bomb or other fishing way which may destroy the marine life.
3. giving business opportunity for the local people, jobs opportunity to maintain the area, source of income for the village and government.

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

In implementation Perama Center cooperate with 5 big stake holders, they are Government, Educational Institution, Entrepreneur including Perama Travel Club (PTC), Society and Tourists. We work hand in hand based on our local genius "Gotong Royong". All activities are supervised by Independent Tourism Local Forum, consists of those stake holders. The forum has responsibility to manage everything needed based on their capability and authority including motor sponsor.

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

All activities of Perama Center are morality supported and sponsorship by Perama Travel Club. The club allocates 20% of its nett income to guarantee the social projects could be run smoothly. The main purposes of Perama Center activities are increasing the quality and competence of human resources internally and externally. Concerning to the environment and society, the main purpose is developing tourism objects.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Regional government, Customers, Other.

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

1. The availability of tourism objects which able to increase the community economy through direct involvement in developing small and medium business.
2. Facilitate the community especially educational institutions for internship and scholarship program at Perama Company and partners.
3. Increase the community awareness of the importance of tourism awareness through motto : (Clean, Beauty, Healthy, Safety) and (Smile, Familiar, Service, Enthusiasm)
4. Increase the awareness of all components together hand in hand in to take care, repair, improve and develop tourism objects in all aspects.

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

As a developing country, Indonesia needs lots of high quality human resources. The standard of high quality is competence, passion to be agent of change, honest and able to work as a team. Perama Travel Club as an independent organization in Indonesia also needs high quality human resources. Based on the social business concept, Perama built its twin as the social organization called Perama Center. Perama Travel Club develops its business to get profit. Perama Center has a responsibility in social activities as Perama Corporate Social Responsibility to the environment, society and Nation.

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?

Perama Center team member are everybody who get involved in our business company Perama Travel Club.

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Soronko Solutions

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

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Enactus Senegal

Latif Mbengue is shifting education in Senegal from theoretical to practical, hands-on learning. Bringing key players together, Latif is preparing students to succeed in the workforce, helping them to accelerate their professional and entrepreneurial careers and in turn creating hubs of innovation.

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loveLife Generation

Hand Made 4 U allows young people to aspire for greatness through leadership & motivation training before learning about & producing natural beauty products. They go on wild urban walks; business development workshops; marketing & selling processes to provide an alternative for the concious buyer.

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Hand Made 4 U

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Year founded

2013

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Hybrid

Organization Country

United Kingdom, London

Country where this project is creating social impact

United Kingdom, London

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Hand Made 4 U allows young people to aspire for greatness through leadership & motivation training before learning about & producing natural beauty products. They go on wild urban walks; business development workshops; marketing & selling processes to provide an alternative for the concious buyer.

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

empowered, independent young leaders could provide a healthy natural alternative to the chemically induced products we use in our lives?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The problem we are trying to solve is twofold-
Young people in East London are increasingly deprived &:
-Lack aspiration/confidence & development opportunities
-Have high unemployment
-Have an Education system that de-prioritise life/skills

Also, our consumer habits are killing the planet with the added pressure of always looking good. We have little awareness of ingredients in chemical products like shampoos, hand creams etc.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The solution is to work with at least 15unemployed young people in a year to provide effective leadership training to recognise their own power; ability to effect change&get a qualification. They then gain business, marketing, sales skills &learn a trade (making natural products) They will recognise the significance of nature through nature walks &find ways to access the public with information of benefits of using & buying their natural products(eg. markets/shops/hotels). After a 1year cycle they would have earned from the sales &can progress in leadership in the next cycle or move on being more employable/entrepreneurial now. Also consumers will be more concious as natural beauty helps us feel good, look good and not hurt the environment.

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

7young women(aged 16-18) who previously took part in loveLife Generation (LLG) projects were figuring out their life choices and along with Haqqani Herbs spent the summer learning about ingredients we already had in our homes for things like acne & cleansers for varying hair types. Using lavender as the base production started, making hair, cream, soap, lip products. The young women attended their 1st business workshop & then worked hard on design, names, legislation, visited many London markets to research & requested spots to sell once the products were packaged. Being on the market was their 1st experience of talking & selling to the public building business acumen, confidence, responsibility, resilience, speaking &research skills.

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

7 young women got a Youth Challenge Award along with participation certificates. They are all currently in full time education/ employment & continue to support the project. "I now know that I can make money, I can even save more by making my own conditioner and things...I want to help everyone and share everything I have learnt." Rachel.
1 youth wants to study cosmetic chemistry, another 2 want to have their own businesses- all based on their experiences of this project.
Over 200 people locally and internationally have tried the products which included hand cream, body butter, shampoo, lip balm& soap "I absolutely fell in love with all the cosmetic products that I bought...I also gave some to my sister for her birthday and even though she is very sensitive to most cosmetic products, these do not irritate her skin at all, so she is very happy too. Thank you a million for that!"Aneta.

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

Over the next 5 years young people will develop into leadership positions as the project grows, such as in marketing, legislation etc with a successful programme of recruitment, qualification body and expansion to other markets, hotels, shops. The brand will be recognisable & the enterprise will be self sustaining with a range of products. It is hoped over 75 young people will go through the year long leadership programme in that time where there is a solid production/selling base which they can be employed within. An online platform will also be developed so 1000's of people can access them.

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

Working with business mentors, initial funds will be used to set this project up sustainability with a growth strategy. A progression route for participants to develop skills within will lead to expertise coming from within. Diverse ranges of products will be produced for different markets, targeting high end(eg. hotels) as well mass market. Web platforms & a shop base will target a growing online market & shopper which can be replicable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Other.

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

Many individual market stall holders make their own natural products to sell as well as companieslike Lush. Whilst they address the need for natural products and being environmentally friendly we also tackle unemployment.
Organisations like Future first develop young leaders however we help develop leaders then provide a practical platform for them to put their leadership in practice.
Wangsa Jelita addresses our problem in a very similar way to us, however based in Indonesia focuses on farmers and rose production whereas we focus on young people utilising various at hand ingredients.

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.

LLG runs social action projects and training programmes with diverse young people in Newham, a borough of East London with high levels of poverty, youth unemployment and deprivation. As a charity, we are always looking for funding. Last summer we partnered with the Wildlife Trust where we ran weekly activities outside to bring a community living on 1street together. We asked herbal medicinists to work with the adults of the community to learn about the medicine cupboard of nature around them but were surprised that it was young people who loved learning about it. So we applied for a grant through Youth In action & developed this project recognising that it is also a way to fund ourself instead of grappling for the little funds out there.

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?

LLG has a board with various expertise and a business mentor. Staff work on a volunteer basis mostly.
Rukiyah works part time at the Tutu Foundation UK as head of youth to supplement her time at LLG. She is an Arianne De Rothschild Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship & a Future 50 winner.
Jasmine has over 35 years of experience working with youth in in/formal education
We hope to be full time& paid and bring young people as paid staff.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

None yet.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Makers of More event where I shared an idea for social development

Tell us about your partnerships:

Production partners:
Haqqani herbs: Teach and supervise young people in the making of the products
Beckton Youth Club: Provide a venue to make and package the hand made products
Graphic Designer: help design the branding of the products
Funders:
Youth In action: one off grant to start the project
Business:
Business development workshop partners (chandos place)
Forest Gate Market: to sell the products
Schools & Youth groups (Kingsford)

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

Finance is a massive hindrance sowe will create a sustainable plan for a steady stream of income with appealing products.
Changing regulations around product safety is a challenge so we will ensure we are aware of the stipulations at all times seeking professional help where needed.
Recruiting young people could be a challenge but we have a great deal of knowledge, partnerships and experience working with diverse young people so can overcome that.
We will work closely with business mentors to ensure social and financial returns to overcome the challenge of not succeeding.

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

Phil Davies: (Executive Director | Advisor at Ernst and Young) has been mentoring us at loveLife Generation on our youth programme. pdavies4@uk.ey.com ; 0207 951 3540
David Bigglestone: (Centre Manager Beckton Youth Zone) has worked with us on a number of social action projects.
david.bigglestone@newham.gov.uk 0208 430 4042

21st Thinkerers. Expose - Develop - Create

An alternative school that aims to develop underserved youths into future Makers, exposing them to real skills in the Sciences whilst leveling up traditional vocational training. The future is a place where the arts and sciences eventually converge and today's schools are not remotely ready for it

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Deejay Linx Resouces

Most successful business men in Nigeria are accidental entrepreneurs, some businesses have had to suffer avoidable losses in financial capital invested before finding a sound footing. our goal is to identify, train, support and integrate informal youth Startup entrepreneurs into the formal sector.

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2011

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For‐profit

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n/a

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n/a

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

Most successful business men in Nigeria are accidental entrepreneurs, some businesses have had to suffer avoidable losses in financial capital invested before finding a sound footing. our goal is to identify, train, support and integrate informal youth Startup entrepreneurs into the formal sector.

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

What if small businesses could begin, grow and succeed without initial capital losses and failure?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The rate of failure in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria is alarming, resulting to a deepening youth unemployment and restiveness. Informal traders, Vendors, Artisans and retailers constitute more than 60 percent of the businesses in our communities and largely operate with little or no business entrepreneurial skills.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

This project seeks to provide training, Seed capital and support to local informal traders, Vendors, Artisans and retailers who constitute the bulk of the businesses in our communities and largely operate informally with little or no business skills. Our goal is to identify women and youth Start-up entrepreneurs, provide them formal training on Business Planning and entrepreneurial skills and to also provide seed capital and support to grow and integrate small informal businesses into the formal sector. Nomanini is our technology partner, who provide the means that enables earning opportunities for these informal vendors. Nomanini has designed & built the point of sales terminal for use in informal markets.

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

Well, across the continent, $60 billion in airtime a year is already being traded by someone- mostly informal vendors. Our goal is to organize these informal vendors into cooperatives and a formal agency network. One example is Bamba Kenya, Nomani's partners in Kenya They are now using Nomanini system to distribute prepaid mobile airtime instead of using scratch cards. We acquire the prepaid pins that are loaded into the system and administer a cash-collection using a network of agent locations, whether that be banks, mobile money credits, energy units or airtime. This increases the agents earning potentials while at the same time providing purchasing convenience to people leaving in these communities.

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

The typical amount an agent can make a month, Let’s say, at 5 percent commission is about N10,000 a month, which is about $55 a month. Something to bear in mind is that there are two reasons for an informal trader to sell prepaid mobile or energy units. The first is, of course, that it earns a profit. The second is a draw-card that attracts footfall to the point of sales and enables a merchant to increase sales of other, usually higher margin goods too. Some informal retailer's overall sales dropped 40 percent when they had stopped trading airtime. I think it’s important to understand that $50 sounds like very little, but the median income for an entrepreneur in the informal trade in Nigeria is about $160 per month overall, so it’s a sizeable jump on a very low base.

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

We are currently active in Kaduna State- Nigeria. Scratch cards are a big form of purchasing airtime and energy units in Nigeria. We are also looking to expanding into Abuja, the federal capital Territory. To date, DLR has purchased 50 terminals from Nomanini and given the success of this deployment intends to scale the deployment to a total of 1000 terminals by the end of 2015. DLRs provides earning opportunities for informal vendors and service provider access in these large, yet very underserved markets.

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

DLR intends to replicate the success of prepaid electricity distribution in Kaduna State that has already been adopted by Eko, Ikeja, Ibadan and Abuja DISCOs.

The DLR proposal to KEDC involves deploying Nomanini terminals that will service the circa 400k prepaid electricity customers in the state.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

DLR's strategic goal is to metamorphose into a micro finance outfit in the next 10 years. We have therefore initiated partnership discussions with big industry players like Union Bank Nigeria. • Financing the capital purchase of the 1000 Nomanini terminals. DLR requires capital to purchase terminals from Nomanini. A close partnership between Union Bank and Nomanini will ensure that these rollouts are not impeded by an upfront capital requirement and in return a substantial financing revenue to Union Bank, guaranteed by electricity sales.

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.

Deejay Linx Resources Enterprise Clinic is an idea that was conceived out of the drilling of volunteers on business plan and proposal writing at Hope Builders Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education. The need to also provide informal businesses and vendors with basic entrepreneurial training, seed capital and business support in order to become sustainable is what triggered the idea.

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 company's management team lead by an MD/CEO in person of Geoffrey Jonah. Geoffrey holds an MBA in Finance. Our Principal Partners have acquired training in Mobile Money Agency from our Operators; we have also developed ourselves in the rudiments of ecommerce and Mobile business. We also have experience in GSM scratch Cards Sub-Dealership and Sales of Accessories. The company is governed by a board of directors, CFO, and Commercial Officer.

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‘’Youth Social Enterprise of the Year’’ from Hope Builders Foundation for Entrepreneurial education

Tell us about your partnerships

Currently, we are working with Hope Builders Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education in Nigeria

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

The challenge is basically financing. We are already connecting partner organizations for financing.

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

It creates jobs, train people to be self-employed and employers of labour as well.

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

18-35.

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

Job Creation, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Products or Services, Financing, Rural Economies.

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

Boys/Men.

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

10-100

Number of Volunteers

10-100

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Redefine "Work: create flexible income generation opportunities or formalize jobs that have been historically considered informal or insecure

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Lack of youth empowerment

The Bridge Project

BRIDGE is in its pilot stage, and will empower youths to go from no experience to gainful employment. The Bridge Project will be an online platform and youth center run by youth to enhance their potential. It aims at 'building bridges' between organizations and youth, and seek to build pathways to employment for young women and men aged 18-24 through volunteer opportunities, innovation hubs, access to mentors and sponsors, as well as social entrepreneurship.

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Tapping into youth talent. Building opportunities and pathways

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2014

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Congo (Kinshasa), Kinshasa

Country where this project is creating social impact

Congo (Kinshasa), Kinshasa

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

BRIDGE is in its pilot stage, and will empower youths to go from no experience to gainful employment. The Bridge Project will be an online platform and youth center run by youth to enhance their potential. It aims at 'building bridges' between organizations and youth, and seek to build pathways to employment for young women and men aged 18-24 through volunteer opportunities, innovation hubs, access to mentors and sponsors, as well as social entrepreneurship. Recognizing that volunteerism is an important component of any strategy aimed at youth empowerment, we aim to build long-lasting partnerships to engage youth in social and economic change through sustainable projects, while enabling them to acquire new skills and experience that will increase their employability and social entrepreneurship.

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

According to the Global Employment Trends 2014 Report of the International Labor Organization, the labor market outlook for young people worsened in nearly every region of the world. The global youth unemployment rate rose to 13.1 per cent in 2013, from 12.9 per cent in 2012 and 11.6 per cent in 2007.

The DRC is no exception. The Youth Map Report (2013) revealed that ‘more than 7.3 million out-of-school young people are left even further behind in achieving their full potential’. Youths have potential, but more than 80 percent of young Congolese are underemployed, and 58 percent are unemployed. The DRC’s labor market is out of balance. Finding work is a real challenge for youths in Kinshasa. Another study has also revealed that ‘barely 5% of youths in DRC find employment corresponding to their ability’. Rising youth unemployment has reached critical levels that require our urgent attention. In the absence of any real employment policy in DRC to help the youths, the Bridge Project will build an advocacy coalition for youth policy development and implementation, including the integration of volunteerism and social entrepreneurship into the legal framework.

Obviously, there is a need for youths to have decent work in Kinshasa in order to actively participate to the social and economic advancement of their community. This need must be met as soon as possible because youths represent the future of Congo. The DRC is a country full of natural resources, but human resources are still a problem. Youths have great potential for growth, and the Bridge Project will invest on this potential. We need to start somewhere, because it is a process. Youth unemployment rates in Kinshasa are unknown, but they are really high. It is a fact that we see every day in Kinshasa. One of the reasons of this phenomenon is the fact that formal education in DRC does not always equip youths with enough knowledge and skills for the 21st century job market. As a result, there is a mismatch between formal education and the real world of work. The other reason is the lack of career services in universities to prepare students for the job market, which impedes their ability to do basic things like writing a resume or getting ready for a job competency-based interview.
Despite the high number of youth centers in DRC, they do not specifically address the issue of youth unemployment. One of the challenges that youths face when filing a job application after their graduation from university is their lack of experience. Yet, society does not always give a chance nor does it help youths get this required experience. Even internship opportunities are not always available because getting an internship opportunity in Kinshasa sometimes implies knowing someone who knows someone who knows someone who can help; and this does not necessarily mean that a positive feedback will be given.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

While there is also a need for a reform in the educational system in Congo, which will take time, the good news is that the Bridge Project is there to try and solve youth unemployment by creating partnerships and volunteer opportunities for young women and men in order to increase their employability. The Bridge will also provide training on social entrepreneurship and soft skills. The priority of the Bridge Project is to answer to the immediate needs of youths who finish high school, who want to gain experience through volunteerism, entrepreneurship and access to mentors before they decide to continue their studies at higher education, on one hand, and those who have recently graduated from university and are still struggling to find a decent job, on the other hand. These youths have the potential to actively participate to the social and economic development of their community, and the Bridge Project aims at investing on their potential and increasing their employability. There is a need to be fulfilled. There is a gap to be filled. There is a Bridge to be built.
Organizations always have a project that has never been started or an assignment that is not yet completed, which do not necessarily need an intern. There is still a lot to be done in terms of agricultural projects in remote areas of Kinshasa. The Bukanga Lonzo project is one of these opportunities where youths could volunteer and have access to employment later on. We build partnerships with existing organizations in the non-profit sector, public sector and private sector. We get to know their needs and upcoming projects and offer them cost-effective ways to solve their problems: volunteers. We recruit volunteers from high schools and universities to work on short-term projects based on the needs of these organizations. We train these young people on life skills, professional skills and entrepreneurship. We also partner with another social enterprise to train youths on leadership to help them to become change agents..

For the first three months of this pilot project, targeted youths will develop technical, professional, and social entrepreneurship skills. They will then apply those skills during the second three months on a volunteer assignment at one of our corporate partners. During this time they will be supported by professional mentors and a powerful network of community-based partners and ongoing training and mentorship. Organizations such i-JetNet, an Apple reseller, have already been contacted and will host some of our volunteers.
Based on the assumption that youth unemployment is a major threat to DRC’s stability and development, and recognizing that skills development and volunteerism are important components of our strategy, we will engage youths in volunteer assignments, while enabling them to make a difference in host organizations and their community. By the same occasion, they will increase their employability, become competitive in the fierce labor market and enhance their social entrepreneurship and ability to create jobs.

What awards or honors has the project received?

The Bridge Project was recognized by Clinton Global Initiative in New York as a winning idea for a youth employment challenge

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

• Establish a youth center that trains youths and builds a pathway to employment through volunteerism
• Partner with key organizations to help youths gain experience and skills
• Train youths on career and entrepreneurship skills to prepare them for decent work
• Place youths on short-term volunteer assignment to gain employability skills
• Provide youths with career services, information and other resources.

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

The primary target group that will benefit from the prototype of a longer term endeavor will be 50 unexperienced youths aged between 18 and 24, including high school graduates with limited resources and unemployed university graduates in various areas of study, including agronomy, law students, information technology, and environment. These students will be carefully selected based on potential for growth.
• Result 1: Increased youth experience through volunteerism
• Result 2: Increased youth employability and entrepreneurship skills
• Result 4: Entry to the job market after the short-term volunteer placement
• Result 5: Volunteerism is integrated in the national youth and labour policy as a pathway for youth employment

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

Expanding on the previous answer, we will measure impact by:
• Number of partnerships built with organizations
• Number of youths trained on employability skills and placed on volunteer assignments
• Number of volunteers who enter the job market (entry-level positions) after the volunteer placement
• Volunteerism policy developed

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

The sustainability and viability of the Bridge Project is viable because we believe it will make social impact and make in difference in the lives of many youths in DRC if it gets funded. Unexperienced youths will have the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience that will make them more employable. Moreover, the Bridge Project was selected as the winning idea by the Clinton Global Initiative for its Youth Employment Challenge that was launched a few weeks back.
To ensure the sustainability of the Project, a youth center (non-profit organization) for youth leadership will be established. Establishment procedures are ongoing. Since the project is deemed self-sustaining over the long run, strategies are in place to ensure that after the six months of the implementation of this pilot project, it will continue to make impact on Congolese youths. An income-generating activity will be carried out in order to ensure the impact continuity of the program. The vision of the youth center is to become the premiere innovation center that bridges the skills and employment gap in Congo through volunteerism, and it will be run by youths for youths. A long-range fund-raising plan will also be put in place to achieve social impact, as well as long-term partnerships with key stakeholders.
TIMELINE OF MAJOR IMPLEMENTATION STEPS
• Step 1: Conduct a situation analysis to determine the nature of the skills gap (October 2014)
• Step 2: Build partnerships with key stakeholders (October 2014)
• Step 3: Recruit youth volunteers at universities and churches (November 2014)
• Step 4: Train youths on employability skills and social entrepreneurship (November – December 2014)
• Step 5: Place volunteers in host organizations (January – February 2015)
• Step 6: Monitor, evaluate, and revise the project strategy where necessary (October 2014-March 2015)
• Step 7: Share Lessons Learnt and Best Practices (April 2015)

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

Each project team member brings unique skills and experience in implementing this pilot project, and covers the spectrum of technical assistance required for the success of this innovative project.

Gloria Mangoni (Project Team Leader) is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumna. She followed the public management track at Florida International University. Since December 2012, she joined the Prime Minister’s office as research analyst in the department of agricultural and rural development policy-making. She has a BS in Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). She also did an intensive training in GIS and Remote Sensing. Gloria is fluent in English, French and Lingala. She is the BRIDGE project leader.

Roger Mbuyu (Advocacy) is a lecturer at Panafrican University of Congo. He is graduated in Law from University of Kinshasa and masters in International Development from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies of Seoul. He works as program officer at Koica Office and he is very involved in Youth activities especially supporting highschool students in some schools of Kinshasa. Roger is also deeply involved in fighting against corruption and child protection with a local NGO. He is in charge of advocacy in the implementation of BRIDGE.

Soraya Aziz Souleymane (Partnership manager) - is a development specialist. She has intensive experience in good governance and community development fields around mining and industrial projects in the DRC. She received a Masters in Development studies from the University of Sussex (Institute of Development Studies) in addition to a post graduate degree in International Relations specializing in conflict resolution and international diplomacy which she completed in Kenya, and a bachelors’ degree in public law from Université Catholique de Bukavu. Soraya is fluent in English, French, Swahili, Lingala, and enjoys building online networks, cooking, traveling long distances by road, reading and writing. She is in charge of networking and managing corporate partnerships for the BRIDGE project.
Jean-Marc Mercy (Training Coordinator) is a human resources specialist by profession. He has actively participated in the design and implementation of national capacity-building programs in various organizations within the UN system. Jean-Marc went to University of South Africa to receive a BCom in human resource management. He also earned a diploma in Project Management from Ashworth College, and a Master Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University. He is expecting a Master’s degree in Human Resource and Training from University of Leicester in 2016. Jean-Marc is fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole, Lingala, Spanish and Swahili. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is responsible for coordinating training activities and budget monitoring. He also teams up with Soraya for the partnership management side of the project.

Orphée Tamba (Monitoring & Evaluation). With an experience of more than six years as head of youth platforms, with strong diversified background, Orphée Tamba Lusakumumu worked as volunteered in youth organizations while studying at the University of Kinshasa. Orphée is a medical doctor currently working with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (an American International NGO) at the Monitoring and Evaluation Department. Despite his current occupations, he is engaged for his community and known has a motivational speaker encouraging young people to live in integrity in all aspects of their lives, discussing issues of citizenship, leadership and civic engagement. Orphée is in charge of monitoring and evaluation of the BRIDGE project.

David Kandi (Webmaster) brings 7 years of experience in the field of new technologies. David received a bachelors’ degree in network and database administration at Esmicom Institute. He also undertook a number of training, including a CCNA certificate (Cisco Certified Network Associate) at the University of Kinshasa and a verified certificate in Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies from University of Maryland via Coursera.org. David’s role in the project will be that of designing and administering a website for the BRIDGE project.

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

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

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

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

Girls/Women.

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

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Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

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Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

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Providing Integrated Compliance Services for Employee Statutory Deductions

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Idea (you're poised to launch)

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For‐profit

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Kenya, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya

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

Corporate Duty (C.D) is an integrated non-judicial mechanism of ensuring private employers comply with their statutory onuses (incl. deductions). C.D targets firms more effectively & cost-effectively, on behalf of the state, freeing civil servants for deployment & increasing collected revenues.

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

What if ALL private sector firms adopted best employment practice?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Kenya owes USD 21,050,000,000 in external debt borrowed for basic infrastructure and recurrent expenses. Yet H.E.L.B, alone, is owed to the tune of USD 108,888,889.
40 blue-chip firms are among non-compliant firms withholding H.E.L.B & statutory remittances. Companies owe government billions of dollars in un-remitted P.A.Y.E & other taxes, N.S.S.F and N.H.I.F dues. If firms were to be sued, it takes upto 5 years to conclude a matter in Court.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Shame non-compliant firms and applaud the complying ones in a high-octane public media campaign both online, on our website, and in the mass media.

This will be a last resort after a pair of our officers pay a firm a visit to do a one-stop integrated compliance check of PAYE, NHIF, NSSF and HELB and persuade them to pay, then issue TWO letters of demand each providing 14 days to enter an arrangement with concerned statutory bodies.

Our website, which will be designed well for advertising (google adsense e.t.c), will list all complied firms and offer huge discounts on advertising space for them. Non-compliant firms will be listed as a list of shame on our website. FM stations and print media will all direct the public to our website.

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

At the core of our business is best employment practice inclusive of minimum salary requirements per cadre of employees to benefit a cross section of our country men.

Our innovative compliance check officers paid on commission based on performance contracts is cost-effective as our duo completes, in record time, work that would have been completed by by 5 separate lethargic, corrupt & demotivated teams of public servants on permanent and pensionable terms from H.E.L.B, K.R.A - P.A.Y.E, N.H.I.F, N.S.S.F and from the labour office.

Some employers remit a few or none of the employee statutory deductions. With best employment practice, we increase incomes, seal loopholes and optimize collection to avail more funds for development.

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

A spirited media campaign and shaming (alongside our collection fees) imposed to non-complying employers will work as a deterrent and a lesson to future employers.

Best employment practice and responsibility to the state will increasingly be adopted across the private & SME sector all over the country.

The result will be timely and increased compliance of corporates without government incurring legal costs and wage bills in lieu of compliance follow up personnel.

Generally, Kenyan private sector employee incomes & working conditions will improve. The government may increase in efficiency, shed off lazy employees, and decrease the ever-increasing wage bill.

To tame corruption, the government might change its policy on compliance officers to be outsourcing this function to well run private firms.

The state will have more income & will reduce external borrowing.

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

Corporate Duty is in line with best practice/official position as outlined by the president of the Supreme Court in the excerpt:
Judiciary to foster alternative mechanisms to clear backlog says CJ Willy Mutunga
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000136173/judiciary-to-foster-al...

It's possible to anchor Corporate Duress in the supreme law to help the "toothless" Kenya Revenue Authority, The National Hospital Insurance Fund and the National Social Security Fund (among others) to acquire teeth to collect their dues.

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

We shall charge a Debt collection fee of 10% of the amount recovery made in P.A.Y.E - K.R.A, N.H.I.F, N.S.S.F and H.E.L.B.

The same website for showcasing firms will be designed for "power" marketing to benefit from revenue streams of google adsense, e.t.c, adverts from local businesses and orgs. The website will be an online store from which buyers will get downloadable products or even order for physical goods such as books and DVDs.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Businesses.

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

Economics
Revenue streams include (1) fees to be charged non-compliant firms and (2) fees charged firms and individuals in online marketing. Of all recoveries (H.E.L.B, N.S.S.F, N.H.I.F and P.A.Y.E), pending H.E.L.B loans affect the smallest proportion of the populace as they target former University graduates only. Yet H.E.L.B estimates that its former graduates still owe it over USD 100M.
It's home to the tourism and agricultural export sectors, which contribute immensely to the Gross Domestic Product and employ lots of people.

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

My former employer of 10 years consistently paid P.A.Y.E, N.S.S.F, N.H.I.F, and H.E.L.B remittances. I know that my employer of 5 years neither deducts nor remits some of these, yet this contravenes the law. Luke warm recoveries depts. have been attempting to follow us up to pay up.

When I was thinking of how many employers do the same (or even deduct from their payroll, but never submit) in this country, in April 2014, I stumbled on information in Business Daily that indicated that upto 40 blue-chip companies were some of the firms bearing the greatest responsibility of not remitting to the H.E.L.B recoveries.
And, in its wisdom, H.E.L.B has decided to pursue such firms via courts. This is gonna fail knowing how business goes on.

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?

Mchael Marosi - ICT expert who runs his own firm, MBA student.

MaryAnne W. Murimi - An advocate. Runs her own firm. MBA student.

Eric L. Shikuku - Credit Control Manager, who co-founded VanGuard Management Systems. MBA student.

Dr. Aghan Oscar Joshua - Co-founder of VanGuard Management Systems. Management consultant. He runs manufacturing as a SME in Nairobi.

David Ojuang - Agribusiness Expert/Entrepreneur Mentor

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

None yet.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Online

Tell us about your partnerships:

MaryAnne co-owner and advocate, M.Murimi & Company Advocates - legal consultancy
Michael owner and I.T.expert, Mark & Ryse - ICT consultancy
Eric Co-owner of Vanguard Management Systems - Credit Control Aspects
The National Labor Office - Labor Act
The Kenya Revenue Authority - P.A.Y.E
The Higher Education Loans Board - H.E.L.B Act
National Hospital Insurance Fund - N.H.I.F Act
National Social Security Fund - N.S.S.F Act

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

Challenge: Legal injunctions

Solution: Enlist Legal Aid Organizations as in-house partners for advice on full-proof processes and procedures before instituting every action

Challenge: Poor records regarding company details and their physical locations at the registrar of companies

Solution: Use directory services from yellow pages, Safaricom, the Daily Nation, K.R.A, N.S.S.F, N.H.I.F, e.t.c

Challenge: Government Bureaucracy
Solution: We will sell the solution to senior-most decision makers, including the office of the president, which has a lot to gain in generating more state revenues.

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

David Cheboryot, MBA, Altis/Tangaza MBA Program Manager and Coordinator, Tangaza University College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Email: dchebo@gmail.com, Mobile: +254727407941

David Ojuang, Program Manager, MSc., Agribusiness Expert, Solidaridad Network of Eastern Africa, http://www.solidaridadnetwork.org/, Email: david.ojwang@solidaridadnetwork.org, Mobile: +254712863144

MaryAnne W. Murimi, Dip. Law KSL, Advocate - MBA Global Business Sustainability-Social Entrepreneurship Track - Catholic University of Milan, Advocate, Murimi & Company Advocates, http://www.mmurimiadvocates.com/, Mobile: +254723307150

ICT for Development Kenya

We influence social change to underserved communities through use of technology(s).We achieve this by training, mentoring and networking them for self sufficiency and sustainability. This is packed in a 2 month curriculum that gives opportunities to youth in ICT, personal and entrepreneurial skills.

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Jonathan

Last Name

Mativo

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ICT for Development Kenya

Project Subtitle

Give Youth Another Chance -GYAC

Select the stage that best applies to your project

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

Year founded

2009

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, CO, KILIFI

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, CO, Kilifi, Makueni, Machakos

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

We influence social change to underserved communities through use of technology(s).We achieve this by training, mentoring and networking them for self sufficiency and sustainability. This is packed in a 2 month curriculum that gives opportunities to youth in ICT, personal and entrepreneurial skills.

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

What if rural Youth in Africa could contribute to national building by being economically stable?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Communities for long have not been able to make informed choices due to lack of accurate and accessible facts about different facets of life as well as the context of Youth unemployment in getting out of proportion and is neither favouring the rural youth. With our project we equip our youth with employable skills mainly in technology through short term and flexible training schedule

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our project works within the premise that rural populations have challenges in accessing training sites, affording cost of training as well as creating time for a new skill.

To achieve our mission we usually setup mobile ICT centres where we provide a 2 month training to rural populations within a 2 hour model daily (8-10,10-12,12-2,2-4,4-6 &4-6pm). The cost of training is cut down by ensuring that our project is usually located within their village and thus students hardly spent extra money on transport and other related costs.

To make it affordable for everyone we charge a sustainability fee of kshs. 1,500 out of which 500 is used for certification and 1,000 for renumeration and utility bills.

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

Opening the training to not only the youth attracted Jane from Makueni county who only had the primary level education (this is usually the initial stage in education before transiting to high school). Jane was not sure whether she would understand computers since they were taught in English as well as working in english.

As an organisation, our curriculum and facilitation is all demystified ensuring that no technical jargons are used but rather emphasis is on the skill itself.

After going through the 2 months training she applied for a job as a town sweeper of which she successfully got the job, however she remember that she had not handed over her ICT certificate and going back to the panel as instantly got a office messenger job.

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

To date we have trained 17000 + individuals both youth, children, men and women. Currently we have a documented evidence of 402 youth who have got formal employment out of our training. Young people have also chosen Information technology as their career in colleges based on the inspiration we give. on the other hand we have provided direct employment to 23 youth who have previously been our students.

The story of Mary who had primary school education and joined our training and later got a job as a sweeper in a city and on providing her ICT certificate she got a promotion to a office messenger describes part of our impact.

Esther who took our course from the village now manages a cyber cafe at the heart of Nairobi city. A close followup through the employer shows how passionate she was about technology though she had the basics but with lots of passion. She is on twitter and fb.

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

We have tested our model in different regions in kenya and will full scale we foresee creating franchise model for youth to implement our model and create more impact within East Africa. Notable is interest we already are getting from partner organisations in Tanzania and Rwanda which projects within our strategic growth plan.

On full scale we would guarantee direct employment to over 100 youth and the establishment of community resource centres that will serve as avenues for access and ease of use by the already trained communities

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

As an organisation we are hybrid and thus have three main revenue streams mainly through entrepreneurship where we provide the training to underserved communities at very subsidised costs of approx. USD 20. Though the figure looks small we have been getting students in an average of 150 per training site translating to USD 3,000 every 2 months. Our plan is to have about 20 training sites on scale which means an average of USD 60000 every 2 months

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

Within the same space we have private colleges and universities providing the same service. However their target market is different from ours. For us we target the underserved communities and we got to their communities rather than them coming to our training facilities.

Our model of remaining in a community for only 2 months then transit to other communities also makes our model unique as we reach out to the communities at zero financial input from them to access the facility since they only walk to the facility.

The cost we charge for the professional training is also too low.

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.

In 2005 i got a job at Plan International, Kenya as the ICT Co-ordinator as position that tied me into ICT infrastructure support in the office. However being a development organisation i felt that their was an opportunity in ICTs in villages.

My first day in the village equipped with a basic digital camera and a laptop yielded my passion for technology to underserved communities. I remember very well youth gathering round me just to see their images that i had taken and uploaded into my laptop. Initially this to me was like obvious that everyone would have access to such equipment. I was mistaken and three years later would see me leaving Plan International with a single passion "to work with communities through technology".

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

Currently we have a thin structure that i head as the CEO/Chief Strategist coupled with a full time project manager and a parttime Chief financial officer. We then have a current total of 13 members of staff who work as facilitators in our different project sites.
We are in the process of constituting an advisory board and have already identified the chairman. Once fully in scale we would recruit a COO as well as a Chief Technical Officer-CTO

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

In 2013 we won the Enablis Business Plan competition in Kenya that was co-funded by ILO, Safaricom Foundation, Chase Bank and Inoorero university for being the best in IT Category of best entrepreneurs

In 2014 i joined Acumen Fellows program for East Africa as a fellow out of the project being innovative

In 2014 i joined the Ashoka Fellowship based on the project

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From the Ashoka networks as part of induction to Ashoka opportunities for new fellows

Tell us about your partnerships:

Currently we have a number of partnerships both in government, NGOs and business enterprises. The government of Kenya through the counties have been working together with us especially the county governments where in most cases they have paid for services we render to the communities. NGOs have also worked closely with us the latest being ILO -International Labour Organisation where they funded us to train children rescued from child labour.

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

Security of equipment is mainly the risky part of our work but it has not featured for the last three years of our project mainly due to community ownership of our projects. Community members have always came up to provide security and sensitising their communities on the importance of the project in their area and why security is a communal affair.

On the other hand the challenge of similar projects is a potential challenge as sometimes the focus is slightly different as for us we target developing employable skills and our charges are very reasonable as compared to their general approach.

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

Dr Owen Baya, owenbaya71@gmail.com, +254-722-537381. Owen is the County Secretary of Kilifi County as well as the Chairman of Owen Baya Foundation. He is a strong supporter of Youth Employment and has engaged ICT for Development Kenya severally towards building employable skills to youth through technology.

Dr. Esther Ngumbi.+1404 593 1322,enn0002@tigermail.auburn.edu. Esther is passionate about community development and though based in the US she has been keen on getting youth to be self sustaining by having skills. We have partnered with Esther in a 2 month project in her community in Kwale County. She also doubles up as my mentor

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