Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Our initial 10-week program in Nosy Be was a huge success: with 11 graduates who created websites supporting entrepreneurial endeavors ranging from hotels, to restaurants, to dance clubs, to eco-tourism. One woman in particular stands out: at the onset of the course, she had never used a computer, but was soon busy creating not one but two entrepreneurial web sites. Her plan was to create an enterprise that provided local housing and tours for visitors to Madagascar who did not want to stay in posh resorts, but rather wanted to get a taste of "authentic" Malagasy life. Through her website, her organization has been able to launch, and she is hoping to continue scaling it to offer further services.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Code for Humanity graduates are not only able to support themselves and better their economic situations through entrepreneurship, they are also empowered to realize the validity of their own ideas and are given the sense of their ability to write their own futures. In addition, the organizations and services they set up through their websites create a positive impact on their community at large, providing locally-owned options for much needed services.
Our future looks bright: we are continuing our work in Nosy Be, Madagascar, and hope to expand to another school in the north of Madagascar this coming summer of 2015. We are currently opening our pilot program in Rabat, Morocco, and plan to have it fully established by the end of November 2014. The more students who learn these skills, the more they can share with others, creating a sustainable model of circulating empowerment.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Our programs in Madagascar and Morocco are just the beginning. We plan to continue our sustainable model in which former students become future teachers, paid by scholarship money and small inscription fees. The potential for global spread is nearly endless: we plan to focus largely on these two countries, but will be open to the developments and partnerships we discover along the journey. In 5 to 10 years, we hope that our students will be creating attention-getting web content and enterprises that connect global entrepreneurs and provide empowerment for locally-owned companies.