Social Venture Challenge: Helping Young People Bring Their Ideas to Life
Scholars are Creating Positive Change in their Communities through Social Ventures
Africa’s young leaders are brimming with ideas, energy, and a desire to have a positive impact on their communities. But few have the tools, resources, and access to the mentorship they need to successfully launch social venture projects in their communities.
The Social Venture Challenge provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change in their communities. The Foundation, in partnership with The Resolution Project, offers Resolution Fellowships to Mastercard Foundation Scholars.
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Kayiza Isma and Nsubuga Thomas, Founders of Sparky Thermal Dehydrator and winners of the 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“We were thinking aloud, asking ourselves, how come the sun dries things but not a charcoal stove? The stove boils food and the sun dries, which meant a stove can as well dry food, and we imagined how this could be done,” said Isma Kayiza.
Kayiza Isma and Nsubuga Thomas’s social venture project, the Sparky Thermal Dehydrator, address post-harvest losses, a leading cause of food insecurity in Uganda, with a cost-effective solution to post-harvest losses.
Shantel Marekera, Founder of Little Dreamers Foundation and winner of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“I am passionate about empowering the girl child. Girls have so much potential, and with the right mentorship, resources, and efforts, girls can do anything,” said Shantel.
Shantel Marekera’s social venture Little Dreamers Foundation, aims to provide the community’s girl children with access to affordable pre-school in her Glenview 8 neighborhood in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Abraham Addy, Kwabena Adu-Darkwa, and Justice Nyamadi, Founders of ECO Sanitation Services (ECOSaS) and winners of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“Only 18 percent of the households in Berekuso Town own toilets, meaning that residents of the 82 percent remaining households in the community are forced to defecate in the open fields, the community public toilet, or in bushes,” said Abraham Addy, 27, from Odumase Krobo in Ghana’s Eastern Region.
Kwabena, Abraham and Justice’s social venture ECO Sanitation is tackling the problem of 2.4 billion people world-wide who lack access to safe toilets. ECO Sanitation Services provides environmentally friendly and affordable micro-flush toilets to low-income earners, supporting them with a flexible payment system.
Sylvia Mwangi, Founder of Baringo Asali and winner of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“I am using my skills and networks to help improve the living standards of the community. I want to establish better sales channels for honey,” said Sylvia Mwangi.
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Sylvia Mwangi’s social venture Baringo Asali is providing women honey farmers in Baringo County with better equipment and training. With her social venture, Sylvia is improving the community’s revenue and access to clean, piped water and other services.
John Wanjiku, Founder of Sukulima Halisi and winner of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“The more you keep tea at the collection centre, the more it will burn and lose its quality. That means that you can’t sell that tea to the tea factory. And the farmer will have to discard the tea, meaning wasted labour and wasted tea,” said John.
John Wanjiku’s social venture Ukulima Halisi is an app that helps the country’s tea farmers get their product to tea collection centers with less spoilage. John’s social venture is improving revenues for farmers and the school attendance among families’ children.
Clive Matsika, Founder of Agrimatters and winner of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“…We are reducing childhood illness and mortality due to contaminated water. We’re creating jobs for youth and building a healthier, more prosperous, and more engaged community,” said Clive.
Clive Matsika’s social venture Agrimatters is improving the livelihoods of farmers in Domboshava village. By partnering with local fertilizer companies in Zimbabwe, Clive is harnessing nanotechnology to manufacture Greenfert, a rich, environmentally friendly fertilizer that can be sold to farmers at a reduced cost.
Thabu Mugala, Tanyaradzwa Chinyukwi and Martinho Tembo, Founders of Zazi Growers’ Network and winners of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“Traders and middlemen take advantage of the poor quality of produce to offer low market prices, creating a monopoly that does not favour the women farmers. A lack of marketing skills and information on current market trends and pricing weakens the negotiation power between these women and their clients…,” said Tanyaradzwa.
Thabu, Tanyaradzwa and Martinho are committed to empowering and connecting women farmers in rural Zimuto, Zimbabwe. With their social venture, ZAZI Growers’ Network, women farmers are equipped with technical agricultural training and mentorship to help them improve their crop yields.
Agatha Akello, Frances Aanyu and Lisa Anenocan, Founders of Dash for Girls and winners of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“Dash for Girls works to create a safe, sustainable environment that can fully harness the potential of every girl child in Karamoja. This is our core mission. To achieve that environment, we are focusing on issues such as teenage pregnancy, child marriage, and menstrual hygiene,” said Frances Aanyu.
Agatha, Frances and Lisa are working to empower the girl child in Karamoja, Uganda, by providing access to correct and accurate information about the dangers of teenage pregnancy.
Annet Mukamurenzi, Gerard Ndayishimiye and Yvette Abizeyimana, Founders of Rwanda Youth Initiative for Agricultural Transformation and winners of 2017 Social Venture Challenge.
“As young agronomists, we wanted to contribute toward efforts to address the challenges facing the country’s agriculture sector. When a team from the Ministry of Agriculture visited EARTH University in 2015, we saw an opportunity to share the knowledge gained in Costa Rica with our compatriots back home,” Annet Mukamurenzi said.
By working with vulnerable farming communities across Rwanda, Annet, Gerard and Yvette are committed to improving food security. They will equip small-holder farmers with modern farming skills, strategies and technologies to grow sustainable food security solutions and protect the environment.
The Fellowship includes seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity for Scholars to pursue their aspirations. With the Fellowship, Scholars are addressing challenges in their communities related to food security, access to sanitation, and young women’s access to reproductive health education.
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