GIVE WORK CHALLENGE 2020
In August we held the third Give Work Challenge — our first virtual event.
Watch our video recap to learn about the amazing entrepreneurs who participated.
Watch the recap video
2020 by the numbers
The 2020 GWC was our most competitive cohort yet, with more than 118 teams applying for funding.
Hours of Mentorship Provided to Each Semi-Finalist Team
UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed
Awarded in Prizes
People Currently Employed by Winning Teams
With over 100 applicants, it was more difficult than ever to select the winners for this Give Work Challenge. So difficult, in fact, that we added an award at the last minute, bringing the total to four winning teams.
FOUNDERS: Aggrey Keith Ojok, Joan Oriya, and Harbert Ayikobua
PROBLEM: Most women in Uganda use wood as the fuel source for cooking, which causes a number of serious health problems, and leads to deforestation.
SOLUTION: Re-Use Energy converts widely available cattle dung into clean-burning biogas for use in cooking and lighting. An added benefit — the byproducts, called "bio-slurry", are a valuable fertilizer for agricultural crops.
USE OF FUNDS: Procure an advanced boiler system to produce biofuel.
FOUNDERS: Rebecca Najjuma
PROBLEM: Karatac addresses gender inequality by creating sustainable livelihoods for women in Uganda.
SOLUTION: Karatac uses recycled paper to make environmentally sustainable jewelry, paper bags, envelopes, and packaging, which they sell to photo studios, pharmacies, hospitals, and street food vendors.
USE OF FUNDS: Expand production, purchase raw materials and machines, and hire a new trainer with experience with the new products they are creating.
RAHA REUSABLE PADS
FOUNDERS: Margret Kibe and Grace Taka
PROBLEM: Many women cannot afford disposable sanitary pads, and instead turn to unsafe options such as chicken feathers, soil, and plastic cans to prevent staining their clothes.
SOLUTION: Raha Reusable pads sells safe and affordable cloth pads in schools, local markets, and slums.
USE OF FUNDS: Start production immediately.
KAVERA ART PROJECT
FOUNDERS: Sharon Anena and Jimmy Olara
PROBLEM: Plastic waste is a major environmental challenge. At the same time, many unemployed youth lack opportunities for employment and self-expression.
SOLUTION: Kavera Art Project "turns waste into wealth" by training youth to create art from waste plastic, such as bottles and bags. This gives young people a creative outlet, marketable skills, and helps remove plastic from the environment.
USE OF FUNDS: Further the production of more plastic art pieces and provide art training to at least 5 homeless youth.
The 2020 GWC was made possible by our generous individual donors and corporate sponsors
Thank you for all of your support!
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