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Lisa: Do anything.

Nairobi, KenyaNairobi, Kenya
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< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Meet Lisa, a tutorial for the Internet. Using one Android device, Lisa will allow an individual or a group of people to learn about anything they want. It'll give rural businesses and individuals access to the internet and let them dream, explore and share solutions to the problems they face.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if, everyone understood what the internet can do for them?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

By teaching someone something valuable and new, you make that person more valuable to the society. Now give an entire community the power to learn anything and connect with each other and you get an infinite number of opportunities for the individuals and the community as a whole. You allow people to imagine, explore, love new things, create and share solutions to the problems they face. The problem is how to provide this access feely.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Meet Lisa, an Android based application that's essentially a tutorial for the internet. Using just one Android device, Lisa is optimized for communal dispensation of information, and will take a person, or a group of people unexposed to the internet from knowing not much, to understanding exactly how the internet can make their lives better. Lisa has an integrated browser optimized for learning, and will let users share their stories and solutions to problems with each other. Want a design for a well? or better designs as a carpenter? Or even need books for a school? Lisa helps you find anything you're interested in and let's the community realize it's dreams. Users can also help in the translation of the app into their own languages.
Impact: How does it Work

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

A community has no access to electricity. Using Lisa, a community member can easily find, for example, wind-mill designs and and the instructions necessary to build the wind mill. Lisa teaches the users how to Google, use Facebook, Twitter and all the relevant resources from the Internet to build practical solutions to the problems they face. Now children can read, security can be enhanced and even families can just enjoy their meals better.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The idea is to help people solve their problems using information from the internet and then share their stories with other members of the Lisa community. The projected future impact of Lisa is better, more informed business people, better craftsmen and artisans, more independence of communities because they know how to solve their own problems and even more people achieving their dreams.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

To reach the goal, more rural shop-keepers and kiosk-owners will be informed of the project and will be provided with Android devices. Users interested in acquiring information will simply ask for the device, and later pay for the time they spent on it, which will be very affordable. Users can then go out into their community and dispense the information they have received and later create a story on Lisa about how they solved a problem. Other members of the Lisa community will now be able to replicate the success easily. In 5-10 years most rural communities might have Lisa devices near them.

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

In a community with no Android devices, shop-keepers and kiosk owners can acquire an Android device or more, install Lisa and charge users for the time they spend using the app. The kiosk owners will in turn, have to purchase the app.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are a lot of online education tools. What Lisa is doing is connecting these tools with the people who need them most. It's targeting an unexposed market with a unique business model to support it.

Founding Story

A friend and I were watching television and something made me think of the people who don't have access to TV. Why not? Electricity, cost and other factors came to mind. Why not build a wind mill using scrap metal, create a larger market for yourself so you can afford a cheap set and, bham, television. I realized that people don't have access to the solutions to problems that have already been solved. They don't know that slums in Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil have solved some of these issues. Connect them to the internet and they'll have everything they need.


Ian Wambai - Developer for 3 years, currently full time Edward Kabage - Marketing. Traveller and lover of life As the project grows we intend to get more engineers to maintain the app and more marketing and finance partners to spread the word and keep the finances in check.



There's something exciting cooking up! It's called social innovators mobilization project: a new campaign for a more sustainable approach of undertaking all our social innovation projects. A campaign for the many of us who desire a wider support base for our projects due to the reality that with each day we have people coming up with very good ideas to help the masses but at the same time these ideas never come to be realized since the organisational support for such an idea is lacking. One thing I have realized is the power of like-minded people working together as it is the backbone of most corporations. If you are currently unemployed consider your potential workplace, all the people starting from the CEO, at one point or another you went to the same classes with them and so though you went to school in different years, you are employed by your peers so why not begin early where instead of waiting for salaried employment you create the opportunity to generate wages for you and your peers?

Well, I'm hoping that by starting the conversation, we can find the solutions we need.

Will you join me or spread the word for others to join you and invite the rest of us?


Further details:
Most social innovators engage in projects aiming at social change but the problem is the mindset of thinking that the project you have is the main approach of effecting change. If social innovators could come together to form a kind of social network where like a well-run organisation then together we engage in each and every project with each individual having an opportunity to become a project manager then we can have well founded and established opportunities to effect change rather than the approach of individuals working on their individual project. We can work together and in the process learn from each other. So next time seek not to find people who can aid your cause but instead the people who you can aid their cause. So all you would need is to join a project and register your own under it this way we establish timelines within which your project will be undertaken. It is better to have your project undertaken after several years as you observe and learn from the project of others than to go at it alone, become frustrated and give up on the vision altogether.
This is inline with the actual definition of a social innovation:
A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than present solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals.
Together we ensure sustainability of a project, the involvement of people with a similar mindset which will allow for the efficiency and effectiveness of the approach.
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