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THE GIVE WORK CHALLENGE

ACCELERATING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

Youth unemployment is a perennial challenge in East African countries such as Kenya and Uganda, where young people struggle to find jobs that pay a fair living wage.

 

Most jobs are created by entrepreneurs and small business owners, however there are many aspiring entrepreneurs who lack the capital and confidence to start new ventures. 

 

Without startup capital or mentorship, many never pursue their dreams.

5.3M

 

Kenyan youth are unemployed 

75%

 

of East Africa's total population will be under the age of 34 by 2030

14.6M

 

Kenyans are employed by small & medium sized businesses

OUR SOLUTION

 

Our approach is simple: we find talented people with great ideas and help them build job-creating businesses that pay fair living wages.

We provide startup capital and mentorship to help them get off the ground, and continue to support them as they grow.

$4,000

 

awarded to each winner

10

 

jobs created on average by 2018 Give Work Challenge winners

$240

 

Average cost per job created through the Give Work Challenge

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PAST WINNERS

2018 WINNERS

For the inaugural Give Work Challenge, we received over 70 applicants and awarded $12,000 to six finalist.

SUPER PEANUT

 

Creates products and opens up market channels for simsim & groundnut farmers in Rural Uganda. His products are now being sold in three supermarkets.

5 JOBS CREATED

$4,000 AWARDED

REAFRIC SOCIAL 

 

Re-Afric makes upcycled footwear from waste materials such as leather boards, used fabrics, used vehicle tires, and old jeans.  

$3,000 AWARDED

43 JOBS CREATED

SEEDS OF HOPE 

 

Seeds of Hope makes and sells organic honey, and trains women on sustainable ways of protecting the endangered honey bee.

$2,000 AWARDED

3 JOBS CREATED

RUNNERS UP

WAYDEN FARM  

 

Wayden farm seeks to address food shortage caused by flooding through employing youth to engage in poultry farming on a large scale.

$1,000 AWARDED

CITY YARD

 

City Yard is an agribusiness company started with the aim of utilizing the smallest available space to practice organic urban farming. 
 

City Yard Farm on Primetime news

$1,000 AWARDED

CYBER MTAANI 

 

Cyber Mtaani seeks to employ community youth to run cyber cafes with affordable high-speed internet in the slums. 

$1,000 AWARDED

2019 WINNERS

In 2019, we received over 200 applicants and awarded $12,000 to six finalist.

Impact data on job creation is still being collected.

CHALONN RECYCLERS 

 

Plastic Waste management and manufacturing company from Uganda.

$3,000 AWARDED

SAVANNA PIPES 

 

Environmentally friendly straws made from bamboo from Kenya.

$3,000 AWARDED

PURE HONEY 

 

Local beekeeping company, processing, packing, and marketing honey from Uganda.

$3,000 AWARDED

RUNNERS UP

AFRO CHIC ENVIRO  

 

Collection and processing of waste materials to create new products i.e night light bulb holders, vases, mason jar, ornaments, etc. From South Africa and Kenya.

$1,000 AWARDED

AKUJJUAH DESIGNS AND CRAFTS

 

Promote African culture through art & craft making. African wears, jewelry, bags, mats etc. From Uganda.

$1,000 AWARDED

ECO FRIENDS BRIQUETTE 

 

Produce charcoal briquettes as an alternative for firewood and charcoal using agricultural waste. From Uganda. 

$1,000 AWARDED

SUPPORT THE CHALLENGE 

The Leila Janah Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

EIN: 26-2547062