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eFarm Direct

Enabling Farmers Reach Markets - a 'click-and-mortar' solution combining ICT platform and ground supply chain network to fix the agri crisis. Key pain areas for farmers is marketing support , rising input costs , migration of educated and skilled labour to cities and having to bear all wastage/transport costs for uncertain revenue. For any modern industry the various key functions like production, marketing, sales, HR and logistics are managed by professionals and backed by advanced software and ICT tools .

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Samriddhii,Revolutionizing d Vegetable value chain

Samriddhii ( A joint venture of KAUSHALYA Foundation, the social wing and KNIDS GREEN Pvt Ltd, The Commercial wing) have been working towards professionalizing and creating a formal supply chain network of vegetables by connecting the Small, Marginal & Landless (SMAL) farmers and under-privileged street vendors to the mainstream markets with the objective to provide platform and support to these people (growers & vendors) in the evolving economy and to prepare them for the new market challenges.

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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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Reinforced Aggregates Company

Road maintenance and construction micro-enterprise has two components, 1. Creating the tire-derived-geo-cylinders by removing sidewalls from a waste auto tire and 2. Laying out the tire-derived-geo-cylinders and filling them with crushed stone.

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Tanzania Universities Entrepreneurship Challege

The Universities entrepreneurship challenge is an initiative aimed at getting more and more university students interested in choosing entrepreneurship as their career paths, we aim at getting more and more university students interested into becoming job creators rather than job seekers.

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

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2011

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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Tanzania, Tanzania

Country where this project is creating social impact

Tanzania, Tanzania

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

The Universities entrepreneurship challenge is an initiative aimed at getting more and more university students interested in choosing entrepreneurship as their career paths, we aim at getting more and more university students interested into becoming job creators rather than job seekers.

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

What if half of University graduates in Africa became job creators rather than job seekers?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Lack of entrepreneurship spirit among young people and university graduates who tend to rely on formal employment after graduation which is a problem because there is not enough jobs for all graduates, thousands of university and college students graduate every year and end without employment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Inspiring and empowering more and more university students and graduates to become entrepreneurs thus becoming job seekers rather than job seekers, every single university graduate who chooses to become an entrepreneur results in multiple reduction in the unemployment burden because he/she creates employment for themself and other youths through his initiative.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

We try to reach university students who are even slightly interested in entrepreneurship and give them the push they need to go straight in, For example in 2011 we had a commerce student at the university of Dar es Salaam who was interested in starting a business but he had not gotten around to actually launch the project, after going through one of the business planning challenges we run, he was inspired that he went on to launch his project and he has been running it for three years now.

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

Every year we have run the project we reach hundreds of university students in their university campuses and introduce them to the concept of entrepreneurship and inspire them to become entrepreneurs. So far we have reached over 9 University Campuses where we have run inspirational sessions, workshops and the business planning competition.

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

We intend to spread our activities to cover the entire Tanzanian country and eventually the East African region, we have seen that many youth respond better when there is more competition and when more and more youth are involved in the project so involving more and more university campuses is important.

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, National government.

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

SETAFRICA 2014 (Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa), an award from Makelele University by the International Youth Foundation and YouthActionNet.

Tell us about your partnerships

- University of Dar es Salaam, We partner with universities and academic institutions because our project aims at university students.

CRDB Bank, We partner with Financial institutions for financial resources and expertise in business finances which is crucial for business start ups.

National Economic Empowerment Council and Small Entrepreneurs Loan Facility, these are government institutions which help and support businesses and job creations activities in the country.

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?

The project aims at inspiring and empowering more and more university students and graduates to become entrepreneurs, we aim at creating a culture where by its a way of life for university students and graduates to start businesses and become job creators rather than job seekers, thousands of young people graduate from colleges every year and there are not enough jobs for all of them, however if a good number of these students are empowered to build their own start ups they will create jobs for themselves and their fellow youths.

This initiative engages University students and recent graduates by inspiring them and training them on what they need to become successful entrepreneurs, we use very engaging and practical means to give them a firsthand experience on what it takes to be an entrepreneur in their respective environment and economy, we use Competitions and challenges as well as prizes and awards to get them excited about entrepreneurship in various sectors such as Technology, Agribusiness, Manufacturing etc. We also help them set up their businesses and support them by putting them in business incubators and trying to find funding for their ventures from investors and loaners.

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, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Financing.

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

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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

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Lack of youth empowerment

1task1job

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

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

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Africa's Leading Outsourcing Platform

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Year founded

2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Cameroon, YAOUNDE

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, Cameroun

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

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

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

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

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

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

Unemployment frustation leads to instability and violence.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

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

Benefits of Solution:

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

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

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

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

We ones subcontracted a data entry task from a leading bank in Nigeria and to execute this task, we recruited 25 youths in Cameroon. They youths were recruited through the internet and the client who subcontracted the task to us did so using the internet. We never knew this client before. Each youth was paid based on the number of daily entries he could do. 10 frs per entry was the pay and those who succeeded to do 1000 entries had 10 000frs a day (that is 20 dollars, above average pay in Cameroon). We saw the happiness in this youths for 100 dollars a month is sufficient for student in Cameroon to go to school.

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

53 project-based workers have worked in the past 2 years, we were working manually and sporadically by then. The propose of 1task1job.com is to digitalize the concept in order to increase its impact and outreach.

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

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

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

We plan to charge a 10% fees to all transactions processed through the platform. This will enable to project to be self sustainable in the long term. Meanwhile for the short term (1-3 years) we rely on grants and investments to keep the project going.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

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

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

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

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

Olivia Mukam, Advisor

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

My Solution received the USADF YALI Grant.

Tell us about your partnerships

HARAMBE CAMEROON. social entrepreneur NGO in Cameroon that strives to inspire youths to think entrepreneurship. More than 3000 fans on facebooks and so many youths registered to its database.

I choose to partner with HARAMBE CAMEROON because of their huge database of youths and previous work trying to engage youths in Cameroon in thinking entrepreneurship.

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

Challenge 1:
Integrating a payment processing platform to the platform
This is very important because most tasks posted on the platform come from abroad e.g. (US,Canada,UK,France,Germany etc) particularly Africans living in the Diaspora and they need to be able to pay via web (that is by using Mastercard, VISA, Paypal etc) and also the skillful unemployed youths in Africa who do subcontract these micro tasks as freelancers need prepaid mastercards attached to their account to enable them to easily withdraw their funds.

Solution 1:

I plan partnering with a payment processor to solve this problem. I am actually searching for one. I have Stripe.com and Amazon processing service in my list.

Challenge 2: Fully functioning Interactive website (1task1job.com)

Solution 2:

I have given the present website developer a deadline to finish developing the platform after which I will hire another developer to do the job.

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

My idea helps Skillful unemployed youths in Africa to generate income by giving them the opportunity to sell their skills to the whole world. This helps develop an entrepreneurial spirit in them and also to improve their long term career. The income they can generate by subcontracting from outsourcing platform is equivalent a paid government in my Country. Each task posted on the platform creates a job in Africa.

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

18-35, 36-64.

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

Job Creation, Job Search, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development.

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

Marginalized/Minority.

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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

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Graphics House

Graphics House sources talent from youth in the local communities to work on any graphical projects; affording youth an opportunity to generate a soft income for their graphical talent. The youth are all self taught and not graduates in the graphics field.

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Where Creativity Breeds

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

Year founded

2014

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For‐profit

Organization Country

South Africa, WC, Cape Town

Country where this project is creating social impact

South Africa, WC, Cape Town

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

Graphics House sources talent from youth in the local communities to work on any graphical projects; affording youth an opportunity to generate a soft income for their graphical talent. The youth are all self taught and not graduates in the graphics field.

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

What if...youth in our communities could use their talent to earn a soft income instead of destroying themselves because of poverty.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Many youth in the community are gifted in graphical designing, but do not have the qualification to explore and exercise it. Youth need to sustain themselves and instead of using their talent, they turn to illegal activities to generate an income and end up destroying themselves.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Graphics House created a space to do any graphical work, using the youth with the talent in the community. Youth who have the skill to do a certain task are employed for a specific project, that way enabling them to earn a soft income for what they're good at.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

John has been working for an organization where he is earning a general income which is not really sustaining himself. However, John is good at designing logo's and is often asked to do designing work for the organisation. John needed a way to generate an extra income to sustain himself as the salary offered by the organisation is not enough. John joined Graphics House, whereby he earns an income whenever any graphical work is needed for a specific project. John no longer need to worry and wait for the end of the month to receive a salary when he is now earning soft incomes during the month. John is now also able to save money which he could do with the minimum salary that was earned.

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

Graphics House has done 7 websites and additional logos, pamphlets, invitations etc. 8 youngsters have received a soft income through providing work for Graphics House projects.

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

Graphics House is based in an Organisation where there is over 40 youth. Our aim is to have so much work that all 40 youth will be able to earn a soft income after hours.

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

Our customers cover the costs for hosting of websites, however we will need extra money to register the business as well as maintain the business once it's running as legal entity.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals.

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

Mindtrix is also a graphic design business. Graphics House does not employ any people. Graphics house founders scouts for talent for projects that are taken on by Graphics house. Youth are not full time employed, but only employed for a specific project.

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

My partner and I always had the discussion of doing websites for people. Those conversation just never seemed to materialize. A year later we realized that we need another source of income without leaving the organisation we working for (we love what we do at it). We asked ourselves: "How many other youth are feeling our pain?". We then decided to do the one thing we love which is building sites and doing designs. We realized that many youth in the space also had certain design skills and are often called upon to do design work (for free). We then decided to officially start what is known today as Graphics House. A house for graphical work that is done by the youth in local communities.

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

Nathaniel Wagner (Founding Member) - Nathaniel, is a self-taught Wordpress junkie. He loves playing around with it and building websites.

Nathaniel Dicks (Founding Member) - Nathaniel Dicks, is a self-taught graphic designer. He developed a love for illustrator and has been doing work for people, using his skills.

Cyril Mphanga (Content Creator) - Cyril, is a grammar freak. He is responsible for the content creation for clients.

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

Tell us about your partnerships

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

If there are no work coming in then there is not a sideline income for the youth. Also, the smaller the project the less youth required which is a hindrance.

We are currently mailing companies on a daily basis to offer websites with the hope that they'd accept our offer. The other challenge is also that people want "professional" people to work on their brand.

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

It turns youth from doing illegal activities as a source of income, enabling them to build and do things for themselves through the soft income that's earned.

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

18-35, 36-64.

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

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community.

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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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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Lack of youth empowerment

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Ellena Beauty Products Kenya Ltd

Our mission is to revolutionize the African personal care industry, starting with the Sub-Saharan Regions, all while creating youth employment. Further we aim to promote Kenyan manufacturing and teach leadership to youth through mentoring by some of the leading industry professionals!

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NewCreation Global

NewCreation Global is a vision for developing and empowering entrepreneurs.We are changing that wrong mindset of seeking for corporate jobs immediately after graduation. All that you need to create wealth and be financially free is idea.We are focusing on education, entrepreneurship and empowerment.

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Year founded

2014

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Nigeria, RI, Port Harcourt

Country where this project is creating social impact

Nigeria, RI, Port Harcourt

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

NewCreation Global is a vision for developing and empowering entrepreneurs.We are changing that wrong mindset of seeking for corporate jobs immediately after graduation. All that you need to create wealth and be financially free is idea.We are focusing on education, entrepreneurship and empowerment.

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

you take a bold step today to be a real entrepreneur!

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Young people in Nigeria has a mindset of searching for corporate jobs immediately after graduation from school because, our educational systems fail to build up the youth to become innovators and entrepreneurs thereby making the youth unemployable and without skills for innovation and entrepreneurship. This situation has led to youth unemployment, lack of job creation and development. There is no platform for entrepreneurship and new ventures.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

NewCreation Global is a vision for developing and empowering youth entrepreneurs through mentorship and training programs on entrepreneurship and new venture creation. The programs feature series of skill acquisition training especially in the area of fish farming (agriculture), ICTs, cosmetics and aggro-allied products. We are changing that wrong mindset of seeking for corporate jobs immediately after graduation.
New Creation Global is a platform for training and developing the youth to become real entrepreneurs equipping them with the skills and tools to becoming effective leaders of tomorrow.
We have also designed an empowerment plan/system that rewards every youth in our community as a network when recommending it to their friends.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Any youth enrolled into the NewCreation Global project is first trained on the essence of entrepreneurship & new venture creation. The training is first of all done online for 5 days and the participant is invited for a physical training on skill acquisition like production of hard and liquid soap, relaxer, bead making, fish farming, ICTs etc. After the training, the youth has to choose a business name to work with and then we register the proposed business name with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) and then provide start up capital for the participant to start up a small and medium scale enterprise either in production or rendering services. We help to monitor and guide the youth through marketing, breaking even and sustainability.

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

Through the NewCreation Global project, we have over 1000 new entrepreneurs starting up small and medium scale industries/enterprises in the community. These new industries are growing such that people in the community are happy to use their products. It has changed the wrong mindset of the youth depending and searching for corporate jobs immediately after graduation. This has helped a lot in job creation and the rate of unemployment is reducing as the youth are learning new skills to be independent and creating businesses for themselves thereby turning out to be employers of labour. Through this project, youth are discovering their talent and passion for doing what they like yet becoming real entrepreneurs. In my community there are over 1000 small scale industries/enterprises springing up through this project and the rate of unemployment has reduced to 60% and we are forming networks.

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

We are negotiating with stakeholders from other communities as part of our plans to expand to 5 communities before this year ends. We are also working on approval from the federal ministry of education to incorporate this project into secondary schools and tertiary educational system. We hope to raise 10,000 entrepreneurs with 10,000 small and medium scale enterprises/industries before the year 2020. We have also designed a system that rewards any participant/youth who recommends this project to their friends and love ones which ensures sustainability of the project.

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

There is a little financial commitment of $100 -$200 as an enrollment fee into the program. We have built a system where every youth who has benefited from the project recommends the opportunity to their friends, family and others and as they do that, we reward them financially. This will enable more enrollment and sustainability of the project. We are also working on partnerships with stakeholders and NGOs.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, NGOs.

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.

NewCreation Global started as a result of the rate of youth unemployment in my community. Early this year, over 1000 youth died during the immigration job recruitment conducted by the immigration board in the country.The situation still remain in my memory today.I was also a victim as my dear cousin lost his life in the process and every year not less than 100,000 graduates are produced into the labour market yet there is no job for them. I wept bitterly for the loss of my dear cousin and I swore to take action so that such situation will never happen again. I made up my mind that I will never wait for anybody to employ me and so I started creating awareness about it. I move from school to school educating them to take action.

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

Our team is made up of 10 young people from different background and discipline taking roles.Our roles includes; The Executive director full time, Project manager and assistance full time, permanent secretary, community liaison officer and assistance, sustainability manager I& II, Publicity officers and project coordinators. We hope to expand our team and roles as we grow in future to include other roles like project supervisors and advisors.

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

NewCreation Global has received recognitions from various organizations and individuals in our community.

The Ministry of Youth affairs in our community awarded NewCreation Global as the best young social project of the year.

Holy Child College Rumuokwurushi recognized NewCreation Global has the best innovation to change the orientation of the youth to something productive.

Rev. Mike Okoh, a religious leader recognized NewCreation Gobal as the latest youth movement for change.

Tell us about your partnerships

With partnership with CEONAG Nigeria Limited, who is responsible for creating enabling channel for featuring our programs at the grassroots level.

NewCreation Global also partners with Lambano Innovations to ensure the sustainability of this project at all level in our community.

The federal ministry for youth affairs working in partnership with NewCreation Global to educate the youth in every secondary schools and universities on the need for entrepreneurship.

Fonis Vision Nigeria Limited in partnership with NewCreation Global provides facilitators who takes lectures and educate our participants.

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

The challenges of expanding this project to other communities in the country.
In overcoming this challenge, we have started negotiations with stakeholders in other communities for partnerships and support to extend this project to their communities.

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

NewCreation Global is changing the wrong mindset of the youth in our community seeking for corporate jobs immediately after graduation through our training and re-orientation programmes. With this platform, youth are being trained on how to start up any venture without waiting for corporate jobs. NewCreation Global trains the youth on how to produce cosmetics- liquid soap, perfumes, making of bread etc. It has helped the youth to start up small and medium scale enterprises within the community. The youth are engaged in starting up fish farms, pig farms and poultry.
NewCreation Global has created an enabling environment to showcase young entrepreneurs and promoting them by creating awareness for their products. With these innovations, jobs are being created and the rate of unemployment is gradually reducing as more youth become involve. The project has also provides empowerment for the youth to finance their skills or SMEs immediately after the training through our empowerment system. This system enable us to pay every youth 5 times in a month-every Friday and 1st of the month as they recommend this project to their friends and love ones thereby forming a network of young entrepreneurs which will aid in the sustainability of this project.
The numbers of small and medium scale enterprises/industries are increasing in my community thus leading to job creation and employment. And most importantly, the youth has started seeing the need to take action and go for entrepreneurship and new venture creation instead of waiting for people to employ them. The youth in my community are gradually becoming equal employers of labour.

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

18-35.

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Job Creation, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Online Learning, Mentorship, New industries, Products or Services.

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?

100,001 to 500,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

251 or more

Number of Volunteers

251 or more

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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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Lack of youth empowerment

Shawl Wallah

We source ethically produced pure pashmina (or cashmere) wool shawls and scarves from Kashmir, Northern India; the birthplace of pashmina.

Further, we return 20% of the sale price on each item to Save the Children India to help fund child protection and education projects in Kashmir.

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Rural Tourism in Chile

A group of 60 women engaged with community development because of low employement index. New project to create a new rural turism route at El ROMERO town. We already count with mud houses, goatkeepers, vegetables and crops an antique manor house we would like to keep as a new rural museum.

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We support and lead innovative, enterprising women to fulfill their potentials

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Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2012

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For‐profit

Organization Country

United States, MA, South Hadley

Country where this project is creating social impact

Malawi, Lilongwe

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

We are empowered young women overcoming poverty by creating sustainable ventures that transform our communities into flourishing hubs of young entrepreneurs. We aim to support and lead innovative and enterprising young women to fulfill their potentials.

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

One woman's daily income increased by 900%; what if we did it for a million more?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Malawi is the 18th least developed country. Most families cannot afford to finance their children’s education. Girls are even less likely to be educated as they are married off early in exchange for dowry. Over time this cycle has created a large sum of women who are uneducated, jobless and facing extreme poverty. These women see opportunities, however, banks discourage them from innovation by refusing them loans due to their lack of referrals.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

With a large population of women who are uneducated, jobless and facing extreme poverty; our solution is to create more jobs and opportunity for alleviation. Firstly, we have our micro-finance loan program where we host businesses classes, that are followed by a business plan challenge . The plans are proposed to our team and the best ideas are loaned capital to start up. The loans are repaid within ten weeks through weekly audits by the Tiwale team.
Secondly, We host vocational skills training platforms. We are teaching women how to make dye-print African fabrics and also how to rear chickens. These projects employ women and provide them with skills needed to secure jobs or start similar businesses in the future.

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

Our entrepreneurship program has promoted women to see new opportunities. For instance in our 2012 entrepreneurship workshop we challenged women to come up with new business opportunities in their community. Angela and her teammates; Mai Juma and Mai Likobwe constructed a business model for selling chicken pieces. The team noted a strong demand for chicken as food but observed that most people could not afford to buy a whole chicken. With a loan from Tiwale, they purchased chickens, cut them up, and sold the smaller pieces to citizens. They bought a whole chicken for USD $3.65 per chicken and divided it into 20 parts. Each part sold for USD $0.36. For each chicken sold they made at least USD $6.08 in profits.

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

To date, Tiwale has taught entrepreneurship skills to 150 women, aided 40 women to start their own businesses through micro-loans. In the next three years we aspire to have worked with at least 500 women raising their average daily income from USD$1 per day to USD$7 each day through employing them in our fabrics design project. At this income, women will be able to afford more daily expenses and on top of that be able to afford educational fees for themselves and their children. This will mean at least 3000 children will definitely be educated. The fabrics design project will result in the creation of a new market, which will bring in new income into the community from outside the community sales and foreign sales.

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

In 5 to 10 years, we will have expanded to various communities throughout the country, impacting 3000 women and producing 2000 fabrics per year. To do this our strategies are:
Partners/Collaborations: For growth of our design program we will collaborate with designers and shops who can buy our products. This will allow us to venture into mass production expanding our fabrics industry. The collaborations with famous designers will also promote our products.
Woman to Woman: This involves us working with the trained women to train other women which will create a larger fabrics labor force.

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

Our project’s model is that of a social business. We invest in Ntsiriza women and buy production materials. We then produce 400 pieces of fabric. Each piece will be sold at an estimated price of $25 USD that conveys to a total revenue greater than expenditure. The design project is estimated to produce at least 150% profit, which will be reinvested covering all costs, and generating income for our organization and our participants.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, Other.

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

In Malawi, we have many organizations developing communities and empowering women. Most of these use a aid-based or skills-building approach. Our Design Project is unique because it introduces a new market. Considering that many women in Malawi do wear African-styled fabrics, and yet most fabrics are imported, we want to introduce the skill of making fabrics in the community. The Design Project, introduces a new skill to the women of Ntsiriza community. It allows for the development of a new market of locally produced fabrics in our country.

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

When I was 12 years old, I started my own business. I baked cakes and sold them at church on Sundays. I was successful and was able to grow from one cake sold per day to several each day. My profits helped me with my personal day to day expenses. When I was 16 years old, I met a 17 year old woman, who had been forced to marry early and now had three children. She lived in extreme poverty and was unemployed. Her sole source of income was her husband who worked in the city, and did not earn much. I asked her why she could not start a business, and she explained that a bank would not give her a loan and that local village loaners charged insane interest. I was very moved by her situation and dared to create more platforms to empower women.

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 are a team of 22; four of our team members are full-time and the rest work part-time. The roles covered include the project’s director, operations director, educationist, legal adviser, financial controller, secretary and treasurer. We also have a team of curriculum facilitators, social media help, fundraising team and various volunteers for miscellaneous tasks. We are a very strong team; all our team members have unique experience.

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Pacific University Emerging Leader Award -To be awarded March 2015
Pitch 3: Best Social Entrepreneurship Pitch - March 2014
Under35CEO’s Africa’s Remarkable 30 under 25 - December 2013
International Youth Forum: Young Entrepreneur of the Week - April 2013
Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development work - March 2013
British Council Global ChangeMakers - November 2011

Tell us about your partnerships

- In the past we have partnered with the British Council and Global Changemakers. We received a grant of 1000 Euros from the two organizations to initiate our micro-loans program.
We also later partnered with We Are Family Foundation, where the foundation granted us with $500 USD to further our micro loans programs.
We currently do not have any partners. However, in the future we are looking to partner with designer Nicole Hanley Mellon, who has already shown interest in using our fabrics for her designs.

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

Our main fear is the market we are venturing into. Fashion is ever-changing, we fear that designers may show an interest in african fabrics today but in the future, their interest might change. We plan to tackle this challenge by collaborating with various industries instead of just clothing industries. For example we will look into using our fabrics for various purposes such as table clothes, baby carriers, hammocks and phone covers.

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

We work with young women who are unemployed and not enrolled with school. They do not have any of those two opportunities at hand. We create a platform for them to develop skills and also to be employed. This will allow them an income to afford basic necessities, and also to invest in education which for the future is essential to build careers.

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Online Learning, Mentorship, New industries, Products or Services, Rural Economies.

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

Girls/Women.

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

0 to 500

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Water Bottling Processing Plant

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2009

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n/a

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Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

Our proposal includes the design, execution and commissioning of a plant for the pdoruction of packaging and bottling water and beverages, considering the social and economic impact that can produce in the area. The purpose of this project is to achive the supply of drinking water in areas without potable water. Knowing that some cities or areas have no access to potable water and being conciuos of the high impact that the supply of drinking water in public health we understand that this proposal can be of a great interest

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

This project will have a social and sanitary benefits in the local population and also will generte jobs in the area. To implement the poject will be taken into account the existing standards in use of the"Technical-Sanitary Regulations for Drinking Water" . The plant will be defined starting with relevant studies that will be conducted for the conditions of water provision and the quality of it in different locations.

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

18-35, 36-64.

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

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Professional Development, Training/Skill Development, New industries, Products or Services, Rural Economies.

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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Kalima Shipping and Logistic Solutions

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Cityborn project

CityBorn is a multi-disciplinary initiative in International Youth Empowerment Network (YEN) aimed at accelerating social change through engagement of Ugandan youth of age 14 to 30 years in commercial agriculture and transformational learning. We want to empower youth to mine the gold in agriculture

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International Youth Empowerment Network (YEN)

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

Year founded

2013

Is your organization a

Hybrid

Organization Country

Uganda, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

Uganda, Kampala

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CityBorn is a multi-disciplinary initiative in International Youth Empowerment Network (YEN) aimed at accelerating social change through engagement of Ugandan youth of age 14 to 30 years in commercial agriculture and transformational learning. We want to empower youth to mine the gold in agriculture

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

What if agriculture made youth rich?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

About 40,000 students graduate from Ugandan Universities each year and only 8,000 of them obtain jobs. Informal low paying employment accounts for the highest proportion of employed youths. Urban youth are more likely to be unemployed (12%) than rural youth (3%). Youth participation in agriculture is constrained by a lack of skills in agribusiness, challenges in accessing land, finance and limited awareness of sector opportunities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The initiative establishes networks of youth to create innovative agri-nutrition businesses for employment while catalyzing social change through transformational training and linkages to communities of practice in Uganda. The initiative is the first to create model of youth peers from higher institutions of learning supporting their counterparts who are school drop-outs improve their technical and 21st century skills for improved market uptake and sustainability of enterprises especially in urban centers. The initiative is empowering youth to take on agriculture as a business across different value chains in rural and urban areas by establishing networks with people and agencies engaged in different value chains.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Namuddu a graduate joined the program, through her savings was able to start a rabbit farming business after the hands on training and mentorship from YEN.She was able to help a youth who dropped out of school and had a mini kiosk which she transformed into a certified modern rabbit meat butchery. But because of good quality rabbit meat, Namuddu’s supply could not sustain the ever increasing demand therefore with help from YEN, she went to the village and inspired some youth to start rabbit farms so that they can supply them to cater for the increasing demand of the rabbit meat at the butchery. Namuddu and YEN were now able to mentor the youth who are now able to grow their rabbit farms and increase their incomes.

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

The initiative is empowering youth to take on agriculture as a business across different value chains in rural and urban areas by establishing networks with people and agencies engaged in different value chains and agricultural extension services. The youth will add value to the produce and market them collectively while providing solutions to nutrition challenges. The initiative will accelerate identification and addressing of challenges faced by youth while empowering them to bring about social change in their communities. The center by the end of the first year will have helped 20 youth agric-nutrition enterpreneurs in urban centres and 30 youth in rural areas. These motivated youth will act as ambassadors and will help 100s of other youth, startup own business, get employed and provide social change initiatives in the country.

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

Uganda’s agricultural sector has performed modestly over the years at about 2.6% per annum. However, the rates of growth are below the population growth rate of about 3.4 percent per annum. This means that per capita food production in the country has declined. However, if more investments are made in agriculture and it grows at 6 percent per year, Uganda will reduce the number of the absolute poor by 2.9 million, from 10.15 million to 7.25 million. Therefore, mobilizing the youth and increasing investments in agriculture is a sure way of effectively reducing poverty in Uganda.

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

The project will tap into existing youth development initiatives to reduce cost of mobilization and development of materials. The project will enter into partnership with selected organisations to reduce cost by using their facilities where necessary. The teams of youth will produce food products for income generation to sustain the initiative. YEN plans to set up a demonstration farm which will be a source of income.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Businesses.

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

There exist some national level programs engaging youth in agriculture. Subsequently, there are several stakeholders engaging youth in the implementation of these programs and strategies. However, the existing programs and strategies do not consciously focus on youth most especially urban youth. In addition, there is a death of information in respect to the number of youth benefiting from these programs and their impact on the participating youth livelihood. Thus, the key existing supportive national policies with direct influence on youth engagement in agribusiness still have some gaps.

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

We are a multi-talented team dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people in Uganda. We pooled our diverse talents and experiences to make a complete team. We share the struggle for success with millions of other professionals in Uganda but we chose to rise above the tide. From our younger brothers and sisters who are yet to complete college or University unsure of what career path to take, we are holding their hands. Giving them a stepping stone towards a life fulfilling career. We build capacity, we nurture, and we offer that one thing that no one ever teaches you in school, “Shaping your knowledge, skill and attitude to touching lives and enjoying what you do”

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 complete team of multitalented, enthusiastic and daring members ready to help themselves and younger professionals. The team is educated—PhD, Masters, Undergraduate in various fields. We have 5 core staff and 10 volunteers supported by a board of advisers. “The harder our struggle, the more glorious our triumph”

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The project will enter into partnership with universities, vocational institutes and schools to recruit youth. The project will also enter into partnership with companies and organizations with interest in youth such as financial institutions to sponsor financial literacy and business planning. The center will partner with agencies providing social marketing enterprises such as Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) and MarieStoppes. The center through the partnership will sell health products for these companies and earn commission. The project will strategically partner with foods and beverages companies, research institutions like National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and farmer groups like Agri profocus Uganda, Agro Input Dealers and Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) to provide training in agronomy, market oriented production and value addition of the products.

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?

Youth are identified from universities, vocational institutions and from the streets or towns and are inspired to join the program. The CityBorn mentors in YEN guide the youth through an innovative, fun filled experiential learning which includes study visits to food vendors in town, demonstration farms, discussions with successful farmers, visits to hotels and catering institutions and food, supermarkets and beverage processing companies in towns.
To gain skills in social marketing and social change for development, each youth engages in social work, livelihoods, agricultural and health extension services within selected communities. Through these services the youth not only sell agricultural inputs, health and nutrition products but also coach established local agents to improve quality of services or products offered in their communities or markets. This way the youth learn how to support the country to address increasing nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, capacity and employment challenges. The youth will apply these lessons to identify marketable agricultural value chains/ventures to implement and fulfil market demands in Kampala and other towns. The initiative will provide the youth with information, quality assurance, space and resources to actualize, launch and grow their ventures. In our model, the enrolled youth from universities will act as source of inspiration and quality controllers for their counterparts who dropped out of school yet are engaged in some agriculture value chain ventures within cities. Working with Uganda National Bureau of Standards, the youth in the initiative will mobilize youth involved in production, transportation, storage, processing or sale of agricultural produce (such as fresh fruits, vegetables, small livestock, etc.) in towns for training, coaching and mentorship in nutrition value addition, technical and soft skills. The entrepreneurs who complete the training organized through mobile workshops will receive quality control certification and branding. This way, these enterpreneurs will improve quality of their supplies, have better communication and marketing skills and eventually increase sales.
The initiative shall work with financial institutions interested in agricultural value chains to develop youth’s business plans and financial literacy to enable them access affordable financing for own enterprises.
The initiative will enter into contracts with business companies and franchise the youth to sell agro-inputs, agricultural, health and nutrition products in rural and urban communities, and earn commission. The initiative in order to sustain its operations will have contracts with relevant partners such as food and beverage companies to deliver training related to value addition of the agricultural produce by the youth. The initiative will support formation of Youth Savings and Loan Associations and Innovation Business Centers, where youth gain peer-to-peer learning and collectively produce and market their products.

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship, Products or Services.

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?

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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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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Akola Project

As a social business within the nonprofit framework, Akola Project empowers marginalized women to transform the physical & spiritual livelihoods of their families & communities through economic development. Vision: a global fashion brand that is fully made by & fully benefits marginalized women.

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reansbakers

The objective of the project is to develop a profitable and sustainable poultry rearing and bakery upon which families depend on. The end result will be to provide a steady income source to the women and girls as well as a stable stream of funding for higher learning funds. we shall conduct Needs as

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Kenya, NA, nairobi

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Kenya, NA

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The objective of the project is to develop a profitable and sustainable poultry rearing and bakery upon which families depend on. The end result will be to provide a steady income source to the women and girls as well as a stable stream of funding for higher learning funds. we shall conduct Needs as

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

my project is the key to canaan

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The Project will address issues on unemployment, and access to higher education, it will be able to create employment opportunities for unemployed youth and young mothers who are forced into early marriages, crimes, substance abuse and prostitution in my village scenario sect movements like mungiki where they extort money from hardworking men and women just to survive will be reduced if not completely done away with.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

These will be through creation of employment, gaining skills e.g. baking skills, marketing skills among others. The reasons for this are; 1) to bridge the gap of access to higher education 2) to enable a source of income. Through employment, the youth and women will be independent and empowered to access higher learning and skills. This project aims at Economic sustainability leading to improved better living through employment and empowerment firstly through sustaining the economy of the rural/local people and creation of employment. For instance by establishing such small other projects in the rural areas.

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

The purpose of the enterprise project is to bring empowerment and hope to the community and individuals through employment creation and support education thus boosting the economy through agri-entreprenuership

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

The project intends to use the inclusive project models to obtain human resource from the community especially women and girls who will rear the chicks and feed them to maturity, collect and sell eggs to local retail and wholesale shops i.e supermarkets, other bakers, households among others. more local women and youth will be deployed to the bakery where eggs excess and not badly damaged but not good for sale shall be used in this bakery to make baked products e.g pastries, breads, cakes, cookies etc which also will be sold to retail and wholesale shops as well as individuals and households.

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

The purpose of the enterprise project is to bring empowerment and hope to the community and individuals through employment creation and support education thus boosting the economy through agri-entreprenuership I intend to • Attend business workshops This will enlighten more on how to conduct businesses. An added benefit is that the workshops will provide a forum for engagement with stakeholders and other entrepreneurs to interact with and share experiences. It will also provide a forum to trade experiences and “best practices” resulting in improvement delivery in the products in particular the bakery. • Conducting a SWOT analysis; The project intends to use the inclusive project models to obtain human resource from the community especially women and girls who will rear the chicks and feed them to maturity, collect and sell eggs to local retail and wholesale shops i.e supermarkets, other bakers, households among others. more local women and youth will be deployed to the bakery where eggs excess and not badly damaged but not good for sale shall be used in this bakery to make baked products e.g pastries, breads, cakes, cookies etc which also will be sold to retail and wholesale shops as well as individuals and households

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

The Project will address issues on unemployment, and access to higher education, it will be able to create employment opportunities for unemployed youth and young mothers who are forced into early marriages, crimes, substance abuse and prostitution in my village scenario sect movements like mungiki where they extort money from hardworking men and women just to survive will be reduced if not completely done away with. Through employment, the youth and women will be independent and empowered to access higher learning and skills. In my own experience I have had to drop out of Daystar University then go back to /university of Nairobi for lack of sufficient funds and it has still been a long struggle

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship.

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

Marginalized/Minority, Girls/Women.

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

1,001 to 10,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

10-100

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

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

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Lack of youth empowerment

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TERRABILIS the game changing the way you think!

TERRABILIS is an eco-designed and semi-cooperative board game which will keep you amused by bringing together several players to tackle one of the most current social issues: the future of the planet.

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Bringing science to everyone

La Mochila de Darwin is trying to bring science to everyone. A small but innovative mobile laboratory, which with its easy portability makes children can about science to their territories and recognizing their local environment. Added to that an attractive and didactic design for them.

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Fernando

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ONG Socio Ambiental AUGERN

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Project Subtitle

Darwin's Backpack

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

Year founded

2012

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Chile, Temuco

Country where this project is creating social impact

Chile, Temuco

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

La Mochila de Darwin is trying to bring science to everyone. A small but innovative mobile laboratory, which with its easy portability makes children can about science to their territories and recognizing their local environment. Added to that an attractive and didactic design for them.

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

What would happen if we really let the children save our planet?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Enjoy nature and outdoors activities is not only to see areas of outstanding natural beauty, it involves understanding the elements of biotic, abiotic and anthropogenic types that comprise interact. Thus, detachment of the environment, and have a common factor that is the lack of environmental education in the basic cycles, generating in adulthood detachment toward the ambient environment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

To mitigate this problem it is necessary to intervene in the foundation of our educational training as a cornerstone to raise the awareness of the younger generation. For this it is necessary to provide the conventional educational plan with the addition of an educational component that will address local environmental issues, created as a preventive action to avoid habits and indifferent attitudes, which help value, reflect and form a responsible

view towards our environment through a program of environmental education based on dynamic and interactive materials and activities that integrate all natural resources. This developed from the creation of a learning and teaching tool.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Environmental protection is dependent on all humanity. But for this you need to know and learn to recognize the importance of these elements in our natural ecosystems. Certainly to learn about the environment, many times, we must be immersed in this area and there is no relationship with other professional areas. Therefore it is necessary and urgent to bring the knowledge of natural resources, science and the environment for the whole community; and especially our children so. Thus, Darwin's Backpack brings awareness of our environment and the children so specific to rural school children, which often do not have the necessary tools.

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

The first stage of La Mochila de Darwin was done at a rural school at the community of Gorbea in Araucanía, in which we managed to finance 10 products. Considering the work of groups of 4 or 5 children per backpack, we managed to work with over 45 students of this rural school Those who could know, use, and learn to work with different tools in a laboratory. To recognize their environment, the importance of each of the natural resources, the need to protect the environment and how to observe with new eyes natural resources. Today this rural school has an Eco Group, who develops environmental education activities in your area, using Darwin's Backpack as a scientific and educational tool in their activities. This demonstrates the potential of the project, impregnating environmental issues locally.

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

Bringing science closer aims to bring Darwin's Backpack in the next 2 years to all communes in the Araucania Region, being able to find sponsors per school per rural commune. Added to that, will look that this Environmental Education Program is funded by a Regional Development Fund and that this tool is included in the educational programs of some colleges or schools in rural areas. and in some cases they can be funded by the Education Act SEP.

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

The designing, building and construction kits will be financed by companies, municipalities and universities that function as sponsors from different schools and rural schools, especially in the region of Araucanía. In the case of regional or national companies, we will work with CSR and government funding, it is intended apply for a Regional Government Fund. This will allow us to obtain financing for 2 or 3 years.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs.

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

Nationwide Environmental Education Campaign SAVES THE EARTH (www.salvalatierra.cl/), the program is linked to this topic with greater geographic scope and benefit. Our project differs in the form of work, which considers the recognition, field work in their local environment and the continuation of this work, since Darwin's Backpack stays at the benefited school and may be used for the years that the product and its inputs have left. This proves that it's a project with high projection and potential.

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.

Our NGO AUGERN since 2009 has worked in social and environmental issues. Related to public participation, environmental education and natural resources. After the development and evaluation of different projects, analyze the need for tangible results. This in order to address environmental issues from a practical, innovative and educational way. Here the idea to create a producer linking education, science and the environment. Therefore, that Darwin Backpack is our first product, which add up all the years of work and experience of our environmental partner organization; we believe that this is the potential and success of this project.

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 social and environmental NGO is composed by a formal policy. Formed by professionals in the area of Natural Resource Management; Engineers and biologists. Moreover, we received support from the Social Entrepreneurship Center - ARAUCANIA HUB - in which the Director is the global organization Ashoka split. Finally, in the case of specific projects, other related service area-working professionals are hired.

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Primary Target Age Group

13 - 17.

Your role in Education

After-School Provider.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Other.

Intervention Focus

Extracurricular.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Creating Peer Support Networks for All Stakeholders in Education: Creating peer-to-peer learning and support for teachers, parents, expecting mothers and more that enables them to transform learning.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.

Need

Offer

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

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PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

A- Developing a Plan for Environmental Education, which includes Darwin's Backpack tool
B- Southern Chile - Rural Schools Araucania Region
C- The Plan for environmental education lasts a school year.
D- At least 2 hours per day
E- Professional of the NGOs Socio-environmental AUGERN

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

We cannot keep doing things the same way, this has brought us to where we are today. How we have our planet and how we are relating as a society. Therefore, we must change the way of doing things and one of them is to have new strategies for education; which are closer, empathetic, innovative and relevant to the cultural and environmental context in which they develop.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

Whereas the children live daily interacting with the world through games. It is relevant to a learning tool that links the theme of "play". And even more on issues such as the protection and care of the environment, where many concepts, scientific and technical elements may be distant to children. Therefore, this idea of learning through play is key to getting information to children. Considering it as a key element to address thematic sometimes distant for them.

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Currently our funding source are the bidding funds from public and private entities. Our project aims to create a model of "sponsorship" of public agencies, private companies, social foundations and private schools, to rural schools.

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

The mission of our nonprofit NGO is totally related to the model of "sponsorship" we seek to build our networks and partnerships. Since, funding seeks to establish Darwin's Backpack in rural schools and focused.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

- Improving the design and production of Darwin's Backpack
- Study on the impact generated in schools and children
- Knowledge of the work of other tools for environmental education internationally
- Generating networks nationwide

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

We are creating partnerships with regional university, local municipalities, foundations and private schools. This is to generate a model of "sponsorship" to rural schools that we want to focus on.

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

Yes, we have received tremendous fed back. Which has us motivated to establish partnerships with some of the participants. And to bring our Darwin's Backpack to other countries and regions. Moreover, to know other experiences in this area; as it is environmental education.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

Established in all regions of our Chile. Generating Plans for environmental education with our Darwin's Backpack in rural schools in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. This shows that our success is defined by our product is replicable in other countries and can be established in the cultural contexts of each zone.

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

- Amount of benefitted rural schools
- Amount of incorporated children
- Environmental Education plans generated
- Generated networks
- Backpacks given

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :

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

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

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

In progress

Other (please specify)

Number of Employees:

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers:

Fewer than 10

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play).

Other (please specify)

AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.

NO

TERRABILIS

TERRABILIS the game changing the way you think!

TERRABILIS is an eco-designed and semi-cooperative board game which will keep you amused by bringing together several players to tackle one of the most current social issues: the future of the planet.

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TERRABILIS-EN

TERRABILIS the game changing the way you think!

TERRABILIS is an eco-designed and semi-cooperative board game which will keep you amused by bringing together several players to tackle one of the most current social issues: the future of the planet.

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Sylvain

Last Name

HATESSE

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Organization Name

SLY FROG GAMES

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Project Subtitle

The world of tomorrow as played by you!

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

Year founded

2011

Is your organization a

For‐profit

Organization Country

France, PARIS

Country where this project is creating social impact

France

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

TERRABILIS the game changing the way you think!

TERRABILIS is an eco-designed and semi-cooperative board game which will keep you amused by bringing together several players to tackle one of the most current social issues: the future of the planet.

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

a game could change the way you think to promote a more sustainable and solidary society?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are currently two problems relating to educational games for sustainable development:

existing games are often mono-thematic (e.g. energy, recycling, biodiversity, transport…) to the detriment of trans-disciplinary, and they appeal to the “snakes and ladders” or “quiz” type of educational tools, which do not leave a lot of room for strategy or true educational complexity.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Terrabilis is a semi-cooperative and trans-disciplinary management and strategy game, which can be played from age 12 up, at home, in class, or amongst adults. The educational tool used underlines existing interactions between the player’s choices and their repercussions on the group/planet. • Terrabilis tackles Sustainable Development from a global standpoint by linking the economy, ecological footprints, quality of life, individual and collective responsibility… • Terrabilis helps to better perceive the notion of independence: links between human societies, the need to adopt behaviours that take ecological balance into account, and the importance of solidarity on a global scale.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

The game TERRABILIS is already used in many contexts:

• At home, amongst parents who are anxious to replace Monopoly
• As a teaching resource for junior high and high school students (from 7th grade to 12th grade) who are studying sustainable development and for students (BTS; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree)
• As an animation tool for national and international sustainable development events (Semaine du développement durable; World Environment Day; Semaine de la solidarité international …)
• As a mobilizing tool and to raise employees’ awareness in order to support sustainable strategy for businesses and local authorities (Agenda 21, Climate Change Plan, CSR efforts…)

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

Raising awareness of sustainable development is no easy feat. The diversity and complexity of subjects covered require a transversal approach which is sometimes difficult to put into practice. Tackling this subject via a game incites an interest conducive to understanding which allows us to tone down the situation.

The game holds a rightful place in the education of these new issues, as it reinforces interaction through recognising a model of reality and by making it work as if it represented an aspect of the same reality.

The game play mechanics employed in TERRABILIS place a greater value on the good management of social and environmental resources than on economic wealth. This valorization of non-financial criteria leads you to question the “business as usual” approach in a very pragmatic way, and helps to change mentalities.

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

Currently there is only a French version of this game. It is marketed in France, Belgium and Switzerland. We would like to produce it in several languages in order to expand our business in non-francophone countries.

TERRABILIS has all the characteristics of a “serious game”. This is why we would also like to create an electronic version. We feel this would be a convenient way to quickly raise awareness and understanding of sustainable development issues among many Internet users, as well as help to change mindsets.

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Customers, Other.

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

There are numerous planet-themed games for children (6-10 years). These rely on fairly simple mechanisms (building, Happy Families, Snakes and Ladders…)

For older children (12 and up) games often use a “quiz” mechanism which places a greater value on knowledge rather than the ability to develop new reasoning and deal with set-backs.

No games giant has yet developed a “Sustainable Pay Day”; “Sustainable Monopoly”; “Sustainable Risk”…

TERRABILIS is therefore still the number 1, and the only, family board game based on global management and strategy of sustainable development.

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

Sly Frog Games, a small board games manufacturing company, was founded in 2008 from the initiative of 2 friends.

Our first creation, MIXMO was released in 2009. A kind of fast-paced race in which each player must build their own word grid, MIXMO is a funny and dynamic letters game.

TERRABILIS, our most recent game, was released in April 2011 after 5 years of gestation. As a kind of “sustainable development Monopoly”, Terrabilis is a semi-cooperative board game which tackles the issues of sustainable development in a transversal manner.

Inspired by philosopher Edgar Morin’s thoughts, Sylvain Hatesse hopes that the game will lead to a better understanding of our societies’ key issues.

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?

Yann Colominas: Illustrator, graphic artist, video maker, and comic book designer. He has brought his talents to our company, working on all the graphic arts and illustration aspects of our games and communication tools. Discover his universe.

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TERRABILIS has been supported by many institutions:
- The United Nations’ General Assembly for “International Year of Youth” (August 2010-August 2011)
- UNESCO as part of the “United Nations’ Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” (2005-2014).
- The Ministry of Sustainable Development as part of the United Nations programme “2010 International Year of Biodiversity”.
- The Ministry of National Education who validated TERRABILIS’ game content and confirmed an interest to using the game in junior high and high schools.

Primary Target Age Group

13 - 17, 18 - 35, 35+.

Your role in Education

Coach, Social Worker, Teacher.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

Other.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based), Home-School.

Intervention Focus

other.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Equip Adults to Drive Change in Learning: Providing creative learning experiences for teachers, parents, working professions and others that empowers them to drive change in any part of the learning ecosystem.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

One size fits all fits none: Students are disengaged and not being prepared for "real life."

Need

We are looking for distributors in anglophone countries

Offer

Game designer; I can provide you with my experience as a game designer, I have designed 2 games: MIXMO and TERRABILIS

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

The fun approach that promotes the decompartmentalization of knowledge and material, which helps to get over the fatal disunity of scientific thought, which separates knowledge and doesn’t think about human destiny, and humanist thought, which ignores scientific discovery can bring about important questions about the world and life.
TERRABILIS, in its own way and through many initiatives promoting transdisciplinarity, is helping to change teaching, to change the way you think.

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a) Board game sales; fun modular presentations
b) France, Belgium, Switzerland
c) Several times a month
d) 90 minutes
e) Services are provided, live through sessions which I present, or the games can be used autonomously by teachers, trainers, presenters

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

For many the game is a key teaching tool. Playing to learn is a natural disposition. The challenge for the games creators was to find a way to include all the messages they felt necessary in the game. According to many people the type of fun mechanism used and the support received (whether online or in real-life) will be crucial choices.
On the other hand, “gamafication” of society is an undeniable reality; the use of games seems to be becoming more and more significant in our societies.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

Sustainable development and citizenship education have to show the importance of interdependence and help people in understanding dynamic complex systems.

The game holds a rightful place in the education of these new issues, as it reinforces interaction through recognising a model of reality and by making it work as if it represented an aspect of the same reality. The game trains you to find intuitive and collective answers to complex issues, how to perceive antagonisms, show of force…

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Manufacture of the first 2,000 games took place through self-financing.
Financial resources:
- Game sales direct or via distribution networks (80% of income)
- Presentation sales (20% of income)

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

The first lot of games produced let us test the waters and see how well it was received with the target audience. The challenge now is to increase the volume of sales to be able to produce a higher quantity and reduce manufacturing costs; this will allow us to offer a less expensive game which will be accessible to more people.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

25% of this sum would be used for marketing purposes (gain visibility)
50% would be used to co-finance the online version of TERRABILIS (to increase player numbers and get the brand known)
25% would be used to republish the game

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

The moral support of the United Nations, UNESCO and the Ministry for Sustainable Development has given TERRABILIS acclaim.

We have also established many links with associations who work in the education and sustainable development fields in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

Exchanges have underlined the extent of interest there is surrounding our project. If for the moment it is too early to talk about partnerships, we would be thrilled to be able to use our game and skills with members of this innovative community.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

Children and teenagers who can more or less understand development challenges and the key notions of solidarity and empathy. A simple way to ask complicated questions. A game chosen by families and used by the teaching community. I would like this project to allow me to create 10 new jobs.

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

1,600 games have been sold.
If we guess that each group consists of 4 players on average, and that each game is used 2.5 times a year, we can come to the conclusion that 18,000 players in France have played a game of TERRABILIS since 2012.
We have established more than 80 partnerships with educational stakeholders.
We are still not very well-known in homes and hope to engage in partnerships which would enable distribution to this audience.

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

attestation-terrabilis-draaf-haute-normandie.pdf

SOURCE: If applicable - who created the research or evidence you are choosing to share? :

soutien_terrabilis_-_supagro_florac.pdf

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

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

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

In progress

Other (please specify)

Number of Employees:

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers:

Fewer than 10

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Physical Play, Games with Rules, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children).

Other (please specify)

TERRABILIS is in the "serious game" category.

AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.

No, but we would be really interested in future affiliations.

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Firefly - Network Program

It’s regarding an initiative of education for Sustainable Development that promotes cultural exchange coming from the theme “Us and our environment”. Through this methodology, teenagers from São Paulo and from Amazônia produce and trade works of various formats: letters, drawings, videos, etc.

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First Name

Sylvia

Last Name

Guimarães

About Your Project

Organization Name

Associação Vaga Lume (Firefly Association)

Organization Website

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Firefly - Network Program

Project Subtitle

“Us and our environment”: cultural exchange and sustainable development.

Select the stage that best applies to your project

Established (past the previous stages and has demonstrated success)

Year founded

2001

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

Brazil, SP, São Paulo

Country where this project is creating social impact

Brazil

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

It’s regarding an initiative of education for Sustainable Development that promotes cultural exchange coming from the theme “Us and our environment”. Through this methodology, teenagers from São Paulo and from Amazônia produce and trade works of various formats: letters, drawings, videos, etc.

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

What if we could educate for sustainable development, promote tolerance and have fun at the same time?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Amazônia is an illustrious unknown for those that live in the south-east of Brazil that know little about the largest tropical forest in the world. These, on the other hand, have a romantic view of life in the Urban Centrals.
With continental dimensions, Brazil covers different cultural, environmental and social realities that, despite being interdependent, are in the end disrespected by those that don’t tolerate or know how to live with diversity.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Programa Rede, network of educators, kids, schools and NGO’s, expands the view of young people in São Paulo and Legal Brazilian Amazônia to the complexity of the reality of the country, its diverse cultures and relations with the environment.
The autonomy of the young people is the basis of the methodology. Put in charge, the choose to participate in the discussion and production of collective works to portray their identities and the environment where they live. Beyond defining the format of the work (letter, drawing, video etc.) to be traded between pairs of institutions, the kids themselves should present the received work to all of the school community. They finally meet one another at the Integration Camp and participate in recreational activities of environmental education.

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

Sandra is a 15 year-old paulistana. In 2012, she participated in the Programa Rede and in Rio+20 representing Vaga Lume. She relates: “I remember thinking how broad Brazilian culture is. The way to speak and do things. The focuses of life. The river, that is almost nothing to us, is everything to others. And my tiny little world, expanded irreversibly. The great variety that I saw made me understand better our country and myself. An immense love for diversity emerged within me. I imagined it as a fabric made of patchwork. A marvelous and fascinating collection of prints. Made of the Amazon, of Brazil, of the world. And I want to be a citizen of this place that’s so beautiful and magnificent. This awakened in me a search for the identity of our people. Diverse and rich.”

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

The evaluation of Programa Rede indicates (1) the determination of the youth to know Brazilian intercultural and environmental diversity and their mobilization to involve themselves in sustainable practices; (2) schools and NGO’s began to give special attention to cultural diversity and to sustainable development in their pedagogical strategies; and (3) a trade of experiences was established between teachers from different regions of Brazil, especially in what is said respecting work with children.
Since 2010, 2,521 young people from 16 institutions participated in Programa Rede. The last evaluations show that 98% of them were better acquainted with new cultures and 100% learned more about the environment. The perspective of Vaga Lume is that these young people, that exercise their citizenship and advocacy in their communities, become more tolerant adults, and leaders, conscious of the importance of respect for diversity.

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

The potential of impact for Programa Rede is to reach the highest diversity of public possible. For this, each year, the Vaga Lume team seeks to establish partnerships with NGO’s and schools from different regions in the city of São Paulo.
In up to 10 years, because of high demand, the idea is to also establish trade pairs between communities in Amazônia from different geographic locations within Vaga Lume’s acting area, that currently covers 160 communities (riverside, maroon, indigenous and rural settlements) of 23 municipalities, in the nine states that compose the Legal Brazilian Amazon.

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

Because it is of a strong network of experience trade, Vaga Lume invites schools and NGO’s participating in Programa Rede to contribute with financial and logistic resources. The ideal would be if each private school financed the participation of a trade pair.
Beyond this, Vaga Lume seeks sustainability by diversification of income sources: donations from businesses and physical persons, simple or encouraged, and the sale of products and services.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

The methodology of the Network Program is unique and was created by Vaga Lume, connecting the intercultural dialogue to education for sustainable development, inspired by ideas from Janusz Korczak and other exchange experiences.
With objectives similar to that of Programa Rede, we map out the Center for Environmental Education of the 5 Elementos Institute, that offers a course in education for sustainability, only for teachers; and project Play Territory, that despite being about cultural diversity, doesn’t put the young person in a protagonist role in the execution of their actions.

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.

Vaga Lume was created in 2001 and began the implementation of community libraries in rural areas of the Legal Brazilian Amazon in the following year, in the scope of its Expedition Program. In each community visited in 2002, Vaga Lume left post cards written by paulistano children and returned with letters from children from Amazônia. In the following year, the paulistano letters accompanied literature books donated for Amazonian community libraries. With the growing interest in what was then known as Project Letter Paper, in 2005 Programa Rede was created, with the perspective of providing equal exchange between teenagers from São Paulo and Amazônia to discuss cultural and environmental diversity in Brazil.

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?

Sylvia Guimarães is president and pedagogical coordinator. Renata Ventura is the teacher that coordinates Programa Rede. Laura Mattar, Institutional Development Manager, is responsible for the activities related to partnerships and communication, with support from Débora Paim. Daniela Weiers, Administrative-financial Manager, is responsible for all financial activities and administrative routines. All work full-time at Vaga Lume.

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In recognition for its work, Programa Rede received 4th place for the Intercultural Innovation Award of the United Nations Civilizations Alliance in partnership with the BMW group in 2001 and 1st place for the Chico Mendes Environment Award, conferred by the Ministry of the Environment, in the Environmental Education category in 2008. The creator of the methodology of Programa Rede and president of Vaga Lume, Sylvia Guimarães, was a finalist for the Social Entrepreneur Award (A Folha de S. Paulo newspaper and Schwab Foundation) and the UBS for Social Entrepreneur Award (Visionaris) and received the Juscelino Kubitschk Medal, from the Minas Gerais Government, in 2013; it also received the Young Leaders Award, Estadão e Agência XYZ in 2012 and is recognized as a Social Leader by the Avina Foundation since 2004.

Primary Target Age Group

13 - 17.

Your role in Education

After-School Provider.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free), Private (tuition-based), Other.

Intervention Focus

Curricular, Extracurricular.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Lack of structures to facilitate meaningful community ownership in learning process: It is challenging to ensure parents and the broader community are involved as full co-owners in the learning process.

Need

The principal demand is for a way of ascertaining with more detail and precision the reach and impact of Programa Rede.

Offer

Expertise in community mobilization and development of eduaction and culture projects.

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Programa Rede is based on the autonomy of the young people, that come to be a part of the work only if they show interest. The participants reflect on themselves and on others in a relaxed and creative way and, with the teachers’ guidance, create the works, being able to develop social abilities at the same time that they learn about their country. The young people are the voices of the exchange and they present it for all of the school community (other students, parents, employees etc.). It breaks off from the format of lectures without student participation, and the community’s participation in the school is stimulated.

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PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details

1. Selection of interested institutions and teenagers.
2. 1st Educational Committees (SP/3 days): Training of teachers and drawing of exchange pairs.
3. Workshops (1 hour, weekly): discussions among students from each institution about identity and environment to produce collective works (letters, videos, drawings etc.), sent to the exchange pair each semester.
4. Socialization: teenagers present the received work to the educational community, exercising their leadership and advocacy.
5. Integration Camp (5 days, annual): cultural activities, games and presentation of works.

INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.

Traditional teaching isn't capable of training citizens fit to understand the current complexity of the reality that we live in. The necessity of a leap in education is, however, a priority for UNESCO, that discusses concepts like Education for Sustainable Development and Intercultural Education.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?

To learn playing is to acquire knowledge in a light and natural way, a horizontal learning that questions the unidirectional flow of the student-teacher relationship (in which the teacher passes knowledge and the student receives) and proposes a dynamic of collective production and stimulus in creativity. It’s to use recreation to develop cognitive processes and help understand complex content getting it closer to the reality of the child. It is obligatory because it is about plain access to the right to Education, that it covers, beyond simple access, the development of the capabilities and autonomy of the young people.

SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.

Private businesses (31%) and public businesses (2%), physical persons (1%), contributions as tax incentives (32%), partnerships in the form of services, accessories for projects of social responsibility (8%), sale of products (0.2%), educational institutions which are partners to Programa Rede (6%).

MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?

Vaga Lume is a non-profit organization. This model guarantees political autonomy to the organization and distancing from economic interests essential to promote and qualify access of its beneficiaries to opportunities of cultural exchange in a free and unrestricted form.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?

If Vaga Lume had resources for all of its project and administrative activities, the 20 thousand dollars would be invested in training of the team and physical structure of the office, as well as acquisition of more functional furniture and electronic equipment, which would guarantee a better work routine.

PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.

The partners of Programa Rede are chosen by diversity: private schools of São Paulo (Alecrim, Santi and Vera Cruz); NGO’s from the projects of São Paulo (Instituto Anchieta Grajaú, Galpão de Cultura da FTAS and the Âncora Project); and 6 of the community libraries of Vaga Lume in Amazônia with better results.

COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.

Âncora Project: participant of Programa Rede 2013/4
Escola Amorim Lima: may be a participant of Programa Rede in the next cycles.
Projeto Criança Fala (Child Speaks Project): methodology that can stimulate the teenagers of Programa Rede to create sustainable proposals of intervention in their communities and schools.

VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?

Programa Rede would have greater reach, covering all of the Vaga Lume libraries in Amazônia and schools in the municipal public network of São Paulo. Such impact would propel an expressive change in the pedagogical proposals of schools in Brazil, including approaches of empathy, culture of peace and tolerance.

IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time

Evaluations of the editions of 2012 and 2013 of Programa Rede indicate that (1) 98% of the young people expanded their repertoire about new cultures, better understand environmental issues and, therefore, have the disposition to involve themselves in sustainable practices; (2) participating schools and NGO’s came to give special attention to these themes as they included them in their pedagogical strategies; and, still, (3) the increase in training of teachers of participating institutions.

IMPACT - REPORTING SAMPLE: Please attach any examples of your impact reporting. [optional]:

avaliacao_rede_2013.pdf

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE: Please link or attach any research or evidence resource you are open to sharing more widely [optional]. Building research and evidence is a key aim of this initiative, and the resources you share may be chosen for listing in the Center for Education Innovations library:

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

0 to 500

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

No

Other (please specify)

Number of Employees:

10-100

Number of Volunteers:

10-100

APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Pretence/ Socio-Dramatic Play, Games with Rules, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high).

Other (please specify)

AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.

No.

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volunteer with purpose

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2014

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Hybrid

Organization Country

Kenya, Malindi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Malindi,Nairobi, Kilifi

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

Salvonaris Africa is a non profit social enterprise that focuses on delivering ethical, skills based volunteer experiences. We seek to put the power of the volunteer industry back into the hands of African youth and introduce a global exchange of knowledge and skills at grassroots level.

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

you nurtured young talents, merge Africa's unique community spirit and create a social enterprise movement which regenerate Africa's Economy?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

World bank 2014 estimates that eleven million youth are expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade.

To fulfill this demand new industries and innovations will need to be pioneered by African youth. Traditional education systems have shown inadequacy in providing young Africans with the necessary confidence, initiative and problem solving skills to venture into new markets on a global stage.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The solution is recruiting young talented Africans to take part in a 2 year paid programme where they work as volunteer coordinators, assisting social ventures in their local communities. This gives them the opportunity to harness their leadership, problem solving and entrepreneurship skills and gain confidence with the ultimate aim to inspire them to start-up their own social ventures.

We were inspired by Ashoka's research on youth employment which states education is not a "cure-for-all" and that youth have to cultivate and exercise the skills of the future that help them create solutions for complex problems while in turn bringing value to the labor market and creating a demand for their skills.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

A hypothetical example: Mary is 23 and from a low income Kenyan family. Although educated, Mary was forced to take on menial work to support her family.

By employing Mary as a volunteer coordinator, she gets the chance to build networks with social projects in her local community, she can exercise initiative by discovering the need of the projects and finding ways to fulfill this demand with volunteers from abroad. Mary's interaction with fellow young people from all over the world will give her a global awareness, massively boosts her confidence and hones her leadership skills and problem solving ability.
This experience sparks the inspiration and creates the skillset and confidence needed to go on and start her own enterprise.

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

We hope to reach thirty under 30 year olds every cycle. We will recruit these young people on a two year, paid work placement as a volunteer coordinator. They will have training prior to commencing work and then go on to have a refresher training session every six months. They will receive regular mentoring from their regional manager and sessions to inspire enterprise and leadership.

As the end of the cycle approaches, the volunteer coordinators will be encouraged to begin thinking about their own social enterprises, they will move on to a transitional period where they work part time, allowing the new cycle to be introduced and allowing them to commit time to researching and planning future ventures. We aim to have 100% of our coordinators in 'meaningful' employment after their cycle and at least 50% of these starting their own enterprise.

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

We will begin in Kenya and Tanzania and hope to expand into 5 countries across the rest continent within five years. At the end of 10 years we hope to replicate the same model in at least twenty countries across Africa.
We also hope to develop the the policy of encouraging youth entrepreneurship, particularly with regards to social enterprise through developing a social fund and being able to give grants to talented aspiring innovators in the sector.
Ultimately we would like to run an African social enterprise hub and training school which trains young people in leadership and innovation.

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

We generate revenue by selling volunteer experiences to young Europeans. Research shows 'voluntourism' is a robust market which has grown exponentially over the past decade. We offer a commercial, high quality product, with an ethical core. We believe this is the best of both words and that our branding will appeal to the western market. All surplus revenues will be used for the encouragement of African youth entrepreneurship.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

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

We are pleased to see that African youth entrepreneurship is becoming a common conversation and companies are beginning to develop training and education schemes to address the shortfall in practical experience. Where we differ is that we incorporate the global exchange of ideas and cultures, we prepare young Africans to compete on a global stage, not just within Africa.
Another important factor is that unlike other organisations (like VSO) we are financially independent and do not rely on government funding, or donations to operate, therefore we are not at the mercy of spending cuts.

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.

Tina Ochsner from rural Kenya and Danielle Saunders from the UK met when Tina hosted Danielle’s volunteer trip in a local orphanage. The pair both agreed that traditional volunteer organisations often lacked focuse on social impact and seemed more concerned with profit margins. They set out to challenge the traditional approach to volunteer placements by creating an organisation based on the meaningful exchange of skills and culture, with the aim of leaving a sustainable impact. In testing the model, Tina realised that as a young graduate herself, she had spent too long struggling to find meaningful work and the experience of starting her own enterprise helped her recognise that this was the route forward for many talented young people.

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

Tina Ochsner: co-founder/director, works full time. BA in International Management. Responsible for overseeing volunteer placements programs in Africa.

Danielle Saunders: co-founder/director, works full time, First class BA degree in Marketing. Responsible for operations and marketing.

We are aiming to recruit an experienced team to sit on the board. Moving forward, we will hire experienced regional managers to oversea our project.

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Tell us about your partnerships

We work with a number of small non-profit organisations based in the local area. These organisations focus on innovative solutions to tackling education, employment and poverty. What they share is the common need for more resources and fresh ideas.

Although they are run by passionate and committed leaders, these leaders often lack global experience, thus limiting their approach to progression, such as gaining support from beyond their local area.

We are continuously looking to expand our network of quality organisations to work with. The following are a few of our established partnerships:

1. Malindi Aids fighters
Malindi Women’s Aids Fighters is a community based organisation comprising of women living in abject poverty who are HIV positive or have been directly affected by the epidemic. These women make handmade products from recycled materials which they sell in order to support the project.

The project is headed by a lady called Esther who was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980’s. Esther’s ultimate aim is to run a home which provides palliative care for HIV positive patients in the final stages of their life. Volunteers can contribute to the realisation of Esther’s aim by providing business and marketing expertise, as well as project management. Salvonaris Africa facilitates this by overseeing the project so each volunteer can pick up where previous one left off, with guidance from both Salvonaris Africa and Malindi Women’s Aids Fighters.

2. Kesho
Kesho is a registered Community Based Organisation in Kenya as well as a registered charity in the UK. Their aim is to improve the life chances of children in Kenya through their holistic approach which includes financial support for education, academic and literacy support, enrichment, training and child protection.
As a charity dependant on donations, their capacity to employee staff is limited. Volunteers with social work skills, child protection and education fulfil the necessary assistance required for them to meet their aims.

3. Haki Disabled Group
Haki Disabled Group is a small non-profit NGO which works to empower and educate the local disabled community. Disabled people from small villages in Africa are often stigmatised and alienated from their community. In a society that lives so close to the bread line, disabled people can often be viewed as a burden and as lacking the ability to contribute.
Haki works to change this perception by teaching its members skills and crafts so they are able to produce commercial goods. Haki provides its members with purpose and creates useful members of society who realise their own value.
The role of volunteers within this organisation is to assist with the empowerment of Haki’s members, this may take the role of basic education, or coming up with more commercially viable products to sell in order to facilitate the sustainability of the Haki Group.

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

A challenge we face is balancing the commitment to recruiting young Africans as volunteer coordinators with the need to ensure we deliver a consistent and professional service to our volunteers. We will tackle this problem by ensuring we deliver ongoing training for our employees.

It is challenging to ensure each placement leaves a measurable impact to the host organisation, otherwise we risk losing our social focus and becoming just another commercial volunteer organisation. We aim to dilute this risk by setting aims and objectives for each placements and organising an effective itinerary of how to achieve these objectives, we then have a way to measure our social impact and can react swiftly if we do not meet these objectives.

Attaining the right volunteer for the right placement is a challenge. We tackle this through our extensive pre-departure interview process. This ensures each volunteer has the necessary skills to make real impact on host organizations.

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

Primarily we will achieve this goal through our employment methods. We are committed to recruiting young Africans as volunteer coordinators as we believe they will do the greatest job of showcasing the brilliance of their local community. We also believe the mutually beneficial exchange of ideas, culture and experience will create young people with greater global awareness, confidence and the ability to push themselves to compete of a global scale.

The youth of Africa are ready to compete on the global stage and we are passionate about moving away for the idea that Africa needs saving and moving towards the idea that Africa has the capacity to teach as well as learn.
Giving young people the power to coordinate the exposure of Africa's talent and innovation, will help to install a sense of pride and empowerment.

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

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

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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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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Lack of youth empowerment

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The restructuring of the Informal sector

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2014

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Zambia, LK, Lusaka

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Zambia, LK, Lusaka

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

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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

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

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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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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Proposed Partnerships
Zambia Revenue Authority
Patents and Company's Registrations Office
World Bank
African Development Bank
On the job training and vocational training institutions.
Micro-Finance Institutions, Strategy and operations consulting, Business development firms and other Financial institutions

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

Co-ordination of various institutions around the project objective will be difficult. Each organisation has its own agenda.
This problem will be solved by defining clear roles for each institution in the broader project objective around a coherent and concise theme.

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

This idea seeks to restructure the informal sector in Zambia.It creates a platform for young people with informal business ventures to acquire the support to formalize their businesses, acquire finance and the skills needed to manage and run this businesses profitably.

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

18-35.

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

Job Creation, Job Search, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship, Policy & Analysis, Financing, Rural Economies.

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

Marginalized/Minority, Boys/Men, Girls/Women, Disabled (physical/mental).

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

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

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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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Job creation lacks adequate coordination between the government, private sector and development organizations

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Exploring Africa's Youthful Demographic Advantage To Develope The Continent

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2014

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Not registered

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Nigeria, Abuja

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, AFRICA, Africa

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Rescue the Youth is one-stop platform for all social development issues facing the Africa Youth. It’s an African continental network that encourages, promotes, supports and inspires Youth to take responsibilities for their concerns and be all that they can be to positively impact themselves and make

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

What If Africa Youth Popuplation could be the most valuable Natural Resources that is explore to develop the continent?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Undoubtedly, the challenges facing the youth in Africa that are central to the economic development are numerous and varied—they include employment, health, vulnerability and political participation. State of Youth in today’s perspective across Africa is no more than an empty shell, devoid of substance; used, dumped and yet suffered for the effect, we are both the perpetrators and the victims of all social trauma and upheaval, despite our size...

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The challenges facing Africa has persisted as a result of failure to fully develop and refine the continent’s crude resources to enhance the economic growth. The dire consequences we faced could be eliminated if all efforts are geared toward optimal exploration of youth’s potency through massive investments in education, skills and trainings to guarantee high productivity; create opportunities that promote youth’s innovativeness and intuitiveness for multitude effects and redirect the focus of the Youth to have deep sense of responsibility and efficacy to the development of their own lives and their region. Create conditions and opportunities that can effectually transform youth’s passion, enthusiasm, energy into continental building recipe

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Given the continuous bulge in Africa Youth population, there is a growing pool of latent resources lying fallow and devoid of optimal use. With right engagement, these rich yet abounding resources could translate into improved productivity, efficiency, innovativeness and development for Africa. The institutionalization of effective strategies to manage population bulge resulted in growing economies of East Asia. It is reported that from the 1950s countries in this region developed strong public and reproductive health systems that ensured child survival and increased contraceptive use. In addition, education systems were strengthened and sound economic management was established, making it possible to absorb the large generation of youth.

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

This project is at idea/start-up stage. its futuristic impact is sustainable socioeconomic growth and development in Africa resulting from Youths’ potentiality optimization. a milestone toward the future impact will be revitalization of social developments which give top priority to youth empowerment and development to enhance employability, good health, political participation and minimize youth vulnerability.

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

Given the continuous bulge in Africa Youth population, there is a growing pool of latent resources lying fallow and devoid of optimal use. With right engagement, these rich yet abounding resources could translate into improved productivity, efficiency, innovativeness and development for Africa. Every African Youth has an inherent aptitude which if well managed through qualitative education, skills attainment and hands-on exposure could be an outburst of developmental expedients.

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

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals.

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

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 lost my Job at a very critical point of my life, knowing the challenge of unemployment in my country, rather than joining over half of the Nations' population that are jobless and job hunting for several years to no avail........I desire to make a change; to make a change that will impact average Nigerians and youth African as whole that are on the street looking for Job, struggling hard to earn living and facing tough life challenges. I worked on an initiative that will empower Youth, give them a living and make their relevance felt in the development of Africa. This is the change I crave for!!!

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

The team is building up as the initiative is not fully launched.

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

None yet as it's a novel innovation. Lots of reviews have however been received to its credit and worthiness though.

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

Awakening Youth activeness and civic responsiveness to their community, nation and continent at large. This challenge can be solved through massive enlightenment about the relevance of youth involvement in finding solution to the problems that affect them as the largest proportion of the Africa population and again the future of the continent. Sensitizing about the impact the inherent potentials of youth's energy, enthusiasm, strengths, drives etc could create if well harnessed and engaged for the development of the Africa continent.

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

This project tasks youth to rise up and take responsibilities for their own concerns, engineer the change they want to see and take the advantage of today to build the tomorrow they will live in. The project consider Africa youth population as the most valued natural resources to tackle all challenges facing the continent and bring glory to Africa.

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

13-17, 18-35.

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

Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship.

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

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

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

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

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Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

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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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Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market

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Rescue The Youth Network

Rescue the Youth is one-stop platform for all social development issues facing the Africa Youth. It’s an African continental network that encourages, promotes, supports and inspires Youth to take responsibilities for their concerns and be all that they can be to positively impact themselves and make

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ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT KUMIRMARI ISLAND

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ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT KUMIRMARI ISLAND

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Adult Literacy

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Year founded

2000

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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

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India, WB, Kolkata

Country where this project is creating social impact

India, WB

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Changing of the lives of the marginalized community of the Kumirmari Island of Sundarban delta by adult learning opportunity to the illiterate adults with specific objectives of running of 16 learning centres to reach 400 adult illiterate learners

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

The organization started as pilot basis at Jharkhali island during the year 2013 and still it is running, the project has enriched demonstration experiences as regards to running of adult literacy programme and seen remarkable changes of the lives of the beneficiaries in terms of women and girls empowerment, enhanced their literacy skills, able to read and write, capable to open bank account by herself, active participation in Self help groups, to get facilities from Govt. Schemes such Job Card, MNREGA scheme, income generation activities , little guide to their children’s education and opportunities to gain knowledge on various social and health issues . So this demonstration experiences we would like to expand the programme in another remote Island i.e at Kumirmari of Sundarban Delta.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

The proposed area Kumirmari is one of the very remotest islands of Sundarban delta under Gossaba block of south 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal . According to census 2001 the total population of kumirmari is 16192, of which male is 8256 and female is 7936 and the sex ratio is 961 females per 1000 males which is higher than state ratio (947) and national ratio (940). The riverine rural communities of the project area are very poor, majorities are below poverty line and a significant population belongs to SC/ST community. 90 % of the populations are dependent on agriculture and fishing. The area has no electricity, not availability of the health care services, Lack of safe drinking water supply and Sanitation facilities in the family. Frequent breaching of embankments, recurrent floods and cyclones hinders the normal way of living and the economy of the people. Despite the Govt. efforts on literacy and education, the total literacy rate in Gosaba block is 68.93%, male and female literacy is 80.74 % and 56.60 % respectively that implies lower than national and state average and the gender gap is 24.64.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

The project solution is to changes of the lives of the community by promoting adult literacy skills by operating of 16 adult learning centers in our present School infrastructure during afternoon to cover 400 adult learners (25 Individuals x 16 Centres) during one year project duration

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

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

In Jharkhali, the project has great impact to changes of the lives of the community, about 90% of the learners out of 150 learners are now able to read, write and capable of doing simple mathematics through this programme. This skill is also practiced in their daily life such as opening bank account, to get facilities from the MNREGA Scheme, utility in the ration shop, income generation activities etc. By the project, the community has gained knowledge on various social and health issues. The project also given an employment opportunity to local community resources. The present project will benefit for 400 learners at Kumirmari delta to changes their lives by improving their literacy skills and practice this skills in their daily life. However, the impact of the project will be monitored by the Impact Evaluation Study after completion of project period i.e. after one year.

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

At this moment of the project strategy is to spread the programme at different islands of Sundarban delta

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

Since the Organization has enriched demonstration experiences as regards to running of adult literacy programme and seen remarkable changes of the lives of the beneficiaries at the present location and is also capable to expand the services at other islands of Sundarban to change the lives of the community. As regards to Sustainability point of view the organization will strengthen the capacity of the facilitators through training to run the programme and continuity .Since the organization is running Children’s education programme during morning hours so we can utilize our school infrastructure during afternoon that will reduce the programmatic cost. The local resources are available to involve them with minimum honorarium. The Organization would also influence the Corporate /Private Sectors / donors to raise fund for the programme support and Continuation of the programme.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, Regional government, National government.

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

The community and Project staff of the organization addressed the problem while working in the present location especially women and girls those lost the opportunity to learn in their child hood and now crossed the age for formal education, they are willing to learn basic literacy for changes their lives in future

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?

We have Professional team with good qualification and expertise in community development works in focus areas of education, health, women empowerment and child development issues. We have 90 full time staff and 50 Part time Staff and more than 10 professional Staff including programme Manager, Education coordinator, Project formulation, Technical Staff, Accounts chief and others designated staff those are working as full time. The organization having 7 board members. The programme Manager, Project formulator and Education Coordinator will be involved for the present project grows to achieve the project deliverables.

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

The community people who are illiterates belonging the age groups 15+ to 45 years are the beneficiaries of the present project. The local community resources who are qualified but there is no –employment opportunities in the area, they will be engaged as facilitators for the programme and will be economically benefited

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

The Prize money will be utilized for the programme expanding at Kumirmari of Sundarban delta, the prize money will also support financially to implement the project for the benefit of the community to changes their lives

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

As earlier told that we are running adult literacy programme at Jharkhali , having experiences to run the project with great impact of the community .we ensure that this project experiences would succeed to the present project to achieve the objectives of the project .

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LumenEd

LumenEd is a social venture founded in 2013 seeking to overcome infrastructural barriers to quality education in the developing world. We do this through an accessible learning platform that brings communities together in a low-cost, durable and sustainable package.

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Water Ecuador

Water Ecuador builds water centers in impoverished communities, sustainably supplying clean water at an affordable price to thousands daily. Profits from our four centers provide wages for our local employees and pay for operating expenses. We run educational campaigns in every community we serve.

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Water Ecuador

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Providing Sustainable Access to Clean Drinking Water

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

Year founded

2007

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, MA, Boston

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ecuador, E, Muisne

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

Water Ecuador builds water centers in impoverished communities, sustainably supplying clean water at an affordable price to thousands daily. Profits from our four centers provide wages for our local employees and pay for operating expenses. We run educational campaigns in every community we serve.

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

What if poverty were not a barrier to clean drinking water and good health?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Ecuador, 18% of the population lacks access to any reliable source of safe drinking water. People suffering from waterborne diseases occupy half of the world’s hospital beds, and 3.4 million people die annually from such diseases, almost exclusively in developing countries. These figures cannot capture the enormous disruption to everyday life, emotional toll, and loss of productivity caused by inadequate access to clean water.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Water Ecuador takes an innovative, market-based approach to water through rural water kiosks that allow us to provide access to clean water for the long term. We first assess the conditions and needs in impoverished Ecuadorian communities. Using grants and donations, we then construct a water kiosk. A local water manager is hired to run each kiosk, which sells clean water to families who can afford it and provides free water to those who cannot. The revenue generated from sales pays the wages of our local water managers and funds all necessary maintenance. We recognize that water education is a necessary component of resolving this crisis; therefore, our staff provides an educational campaign in each community with a water center.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

A mother wakes up in Muisne, Ecuador and needs to cook breakfast for her children. But she has no water in the house and no money. Before Water Ecuador existed, she would have probably collected water from the putrid well down the street--water that smelled rotten and was full of bacteria. But today, she can get water delivered to her door, completely free, from Water Ecuador. So instead of preparing the morning juice with water that would make her children sick, she can feel confident that she is keeping her family safe. And she can also feel confident that this source of free water won’t dry up: with paying customers to fund operations, each water kiosk is sustainably funded for the long haul.

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

Water Ecuador currently runs four water treatment centers in impoverished communities in Ecuador, providing clean drinking water to thousands daily. Our dual approach of providing educational campaigns alongside access to affordable water has proven successful, as a recent study from the Yale School of Public Health found that our consumers have a 52% lower rate of waterborne illness compared to non-consumers in the same communities. All of our centers have proven to function successfully and almost without interruption, including our first center, which was established in Muisne, Ecuador in 2007. We have maintained positive relationships with our local employees and the communities we serve. The water we provide remains the least expensive safe option for the members of these communities. In the coming years, we hope to maintain our existing centers while expanding into more communities

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

We hope to increase our impact by both building more water centers to reach even more people and improving our existing water centers. Having operated water centers for seven years, we know what works and what does not. We are currently renovating our facilities to upgrade our systems with new, more effective technology. In addition, we plan to initiate a program that would provide our consumers with Water Ecuador loyalty cards; the cards will not only function as a publicity tool but will also provide us with information allowing us to ensure our programs are reaching those we seek to help.

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

Water Ecuador water centers are financially independent: revenue from selling water to paying customers funds center upkeep and the wages of the center’s manager, and allows us to provide free water to families in need while remaining operationally break-even. Upfront capital costs for new kiosks are financed through donations and grants, and we hope eventually through reinvestment of retained earnings to make our project even more sustainable.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

Most similar to Water Ecuador are other water kiosk companies such as Sarvajal and WaterHealth International. These organizations differ from Water Ecuador in that they are for-profits and do not have the charitable aim of providing free water to families who cannot afford to pay. They do not engage in as extensive behavior change work. And they do not operate in Latin America, a region with significant need for market-oriented solutions.

More broadly, there are numerous ways to provide clean water, such as piped water and household water treatment, each with a role in specific cases.

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 2006 I spent a summer volunteering in a hospital in Muisne, Ecuador. I watched countless children enter the emergency room with illnesses caused by a lack of safe water. They were treated, but a week later, the same children were carried through the doors of the emergency room with the same illnesses. These illnesses had recurred their whole lives, and those of their siblings, their parents, and their grandparents.The town’s wells were within a few meters of leaky sewage lines. Peering into some of these wells, I was immediately overwhelmed by the stench of waste. After a year of studying, fundraising, and team-building in the US and Ecuador, I returned to Muisne and we designed and built Muisne’s first clean drinking water center.

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 day-to-day activities are managed by an all-Ecuadorian staff capable of understanding the local context. The field team includes a business manager, a technician, a finance person, and a marketer/educator. This staff supports the kiosk workers. US-based staff with backgrounds in medicine, public health, engineering, and business support the field team through regular meetings and engages in fundraising to pay for new programs.

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Health and Hygiene, Water Use.

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

We have segmented our recipients into two groups: (1) those who can and do pay for safe water and (2) those who cannot afford to buy water. Both benefit from our work. The first group purchases Water Ecuador’s high quality water and avoids purchasing unsafe bottled water from other companies. Our water is sourced locally, providing our clients' neighbors with stable employment. The second group benefits by gaining access to water they could not otherwise obtain, protecting their families from illness.

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

First, we want to scale up our impact within the communities where we currently work by expanding the capacity of our existing water kiosks so they can serve even more people. We will use a tiered price--or “freemium”--model that has been popularized by tech companies and apply it to water access in Ecuador, thereby allowing us to reach more of the communities where we work. Furthermore, we will engage in behavior change efforts related to water, sanitation, and hygiene, thereby expanding the scope of our impact as well as the scale.

Next, we will begin a phase of rapid geographical scale-up. We project that we can have coverage nationwide within 5-10 years and then will expand regionally, to Peru, Bolivia, and the rest of Latin America.

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

I founded Water Ecuador in 2007 when I was twenty years old and have learned about starting a business while growing the organization. I recently graduated from Harvard Business School, where I was able to gain knowledge that I can apply to the work I do with Water Ecuador. I now feel that, by combining my familiarity with clean water initiatives with my training in business, I am poised to help take Water Ecuador to the next level of impact.

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Water Ecuador

Water Ecuador builds water centers in impoverished communities, sustainably supplying clean water at an affordable price to thousands daily. Profits from our four centers provide wages for our local employees and pay for operating expenses. We run educational campaigns in every community we serve.

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Perigreen Safe Foods - Rural Reach

Rural Reach is a program by Perigreen Safe Foods to reach to the rural producers of India. We are providing farm advice, inputs and sometimes monetary support along with a buy-back facility at better price. The only requirement for this is that the farmer has to adapt better farming methods.

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VOTO Mobile

VOTO removes barriers to insightful communication and feedback loops between the world's poorest people and the organizations who serve them. We specialize in mobile engagement, specifically voice-based, providing equal access and instantly reaching across distance, language, and literacy barriers.

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Creating Equal Opportunity through Voice

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Year founded

2012

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For‐profit

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Ghana, AS, Kumasi

Country where this project is creating social impact

n/a

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

VOTO removes barriers to insightful communication and feedback loops between the world's poorest people and the organizations who serve them. We specialize in mobile engagement, specifically voice-based, providing equal access and instantly reaching across distance, language, and literacy barriers.

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

What if we could connect 3 Billion people to the organizations that serve them, giving them a voice in and information about the policies that affect them?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Traditional ways of engaging the world’s poorest people are expensive, inefficient, and leave the most marginalized people out of the conversation. Distance, infrastructure, and language/literacy create barriers to insightful communication; the result is many unheard voices and a lack of reach and feedback for programs. Eg: health programs (like maternal education or ebola prevention) struggle to reach rural non-literate people (often women).

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Through our first-hand experiences with the limitations to citizen engagement, and observing the rapid growth in mobile penetration, we developed a mobile information sharing and feedback platform. After results from initial SMS surveys yielded low-response rates and a bias towards male and urban respondents, we focused our platform on voice engagement.

Voice has the benefits of cutting across language and literacy abilities, as well as providing richer engagement and trust building opportunities. VOTO is a designed-in-Africa platform that enables organizations to easily launch real-time feedback, health education, behaviour change and policy design low-cost programs across sectors, achieving 10X better engagement than SMS methods.

What awards or honors has the project received?

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

Last month, we worked with the World Bank to help turn out the vote in a provincial participatory budget process in Brazil. We sent non-partisan emails, SMS and voice messages to over 100,000 (50% women) registered voters.

The results are powerful. With the government, we were able to establish a similar-sized control group and we are now able to prove that our intervention increased voter turn-out by more than 30%, with voice messages to women being the most effective (academic publication pending).

We’ve used the results from this experiment to convince 4 district governments in Northern Ghana to set-up 300-people strong panels (>70% women) to prioritize and rate government infrastructure projects (bore holes, clinics, etc.)

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

In 14 months since our launch, our product has been used by 250 organizations to reach over 250,000 people across 20 countries. Our partners include The World Bank, UNICEF, McKinsey&Co, Innovations for Poverty Action, Farm Radio and CoWater.

VOTO is becoming the standard mobile for development platform across sectors. Projects include journalists running national public interest surveys, rural clinics distributing maternal health education, policy makers studying vaccine supply chains, economic development organizations reaching out to farmers, urban planners monitoring water distribution access, and academics researching the effect of public health interventions. We have helped the Gates Foundation redesign fridges along African vaccine cold-chains, and the Government of Ghana get feedback on the price of electrical power.

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

Partners we’ve shared results with have been inspired and keen to get started. As such, our growth strategy is:

1- Continue to implement academically rigorous projects in a number of sectors to demonstrate the power of voice.
2- Develop an open-source library of best practices involving voice-based engagement: “VOTO University”. This is a young science and we want everyone to share their know-how with the world.
3- Refine the self-service platform and aggregate our demand for airtime such that we can continue to lower the cost and further democratize this powerful tool.

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

VOTO is currently cash flow positive. Our business model is software-as-a-service where our customers pay by subscription and pay-per-use. We also manage one-off projects, such as public interest surveys and emergency response hotlines. As we look to scale globally, we will continue to partner with foundations, NGOs and social enterprises, as well as further develop our self-service capabilities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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

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

There are 3 substitutes to our solution.

1- Traditional approaches: media (radio, TV) or in-person extension, are respectively difficult to target/monitor and expensive.

2- SMS communication typically has low engagement, and a strong male/urban bias. This is because they require literacy, a pre-existing trust relationship, and is prone to spamming.

3- Smartphone applications require the respondent to have a smartphone (still a minority in most of Africa and South Asia) and to install an app.

Voice is by far the cheapest, easiest to target and most inclusive of all strategies.

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 founders of VOTO spent many years working with government agencies in West Africa to help them better understand the needs of their beneficiaries, and the impact of their programs. To do this, we organized complex in-person surveys involving motorbikes and clipboards. By their nature, they were infrequent, and their results were often obsolete within 48hrs.

The explosion of mobile in most parts of Africa presents a disruptive opportunity. We first set-up an SMS survey platform, but got a very low participation (2.8%) and a strong male and urban bias. This didn’t solve our problem. When we moved to voice however, we got a >30% (>10x!) participation rate, with near even female/male and rural/urban participation. We had our solution!

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?

VOTO's greatest strength is our rockstar studded and super dedicated team of world-class engineers, designers and client managers. VOTO has offices in Kumasi (Ghana), San Francisco and Toronto. Our team of 15 is is 40% female, ~50% techies, 60% Ghanaian and cuts across 4 nationalities. The Senior Management Team (3 people) consists of 3 engineers, 2 MBAs, 1 PhD, a professional banku eating champion, and a Ghana ultimate Frisbee legend.

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Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Fairness in the Workplace, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

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

Our customers fall into 2 groups: Development organizations and the 3 billion+ people they serve.

Organizations including UNICEF and FarmRadio have found value in VOTO for health education and real-time surveys. Partners are seeing 10x higher engagement with our voice-based platform, and accessible participation from women and rural demographics.

We have reached 250,000 people across 20 countries as our platform removes barriers of distance, language, and literacy to education and feedback.

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

Having developed a world-class product and proven its efficacy in many sectors of international development, VOTO now faces 2 opportunities

1 Get the word out. The learning from our projects in the governance, health and agriculture spaces need to be shared broadly. More experiments need to be run in the disaster response, human rights and public services sectors. It’s time to show the disruptive power of voice engagement!

2 Move beyond international development into businesses. Mobile engagement offers a tremendous opportunity for collecting customer satisfaction, for educating customers about new products and services, and for collecting feedback. A small but meaningful investment would allow us to seize this pan-African opportunity

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

Over the past decade, I have been honing my entrepreneurial skills to execute on audacious, high-impact projects. In undergraduate years, I led the growth of a chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada. For 3 years before VOTO, I led an audacious innovation project focussed on sustainable low-cost access to space, including fundraising $300k from investors and building a 30-member design team, ending with a shot at a NASA Centennial Challenge.

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

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

no

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

no

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