Wezesha: A social enterprise we can all learn from

Other | Monday 7th October 2019 | Rose

Wezesha is a social enterprise to learn from, as it succeeds in empowering and improving livelihoods of under-served young people and low-income communities in Kenya. 

The organisation has been established for 4 years, and during that time has empowered more than 2000 young people with computer skills.

They re-branded from UDEX Technologies to Wezesha (which in Swahili means to enable), as they evolved from simply training software engineers to also matching them with employment opportunities (through distributed teams).

Their core services operate from a two step model:

1. Training young people on software development (Android and Web app development).

2. Skills matching through partnership with startups to offer distributed tech teams.

Discover the impact their training programs have had in their April documentary.

Founder Stephen works as part of a team of technology advocates, developers and volunteers aiming to improve the livelihoods of underprivileged and underserved youth and wider communities in Kenya.

So far Wezesha have empowered more than 2000 young people with computer skills. These range from simply increasing confidence with computers, to the ability to create websites and apps. The skills learnt can be applied to wider communities, so the work Wezesha does empowers far beyond those in immediate contact with the training.

At its core, Wezesha is a mission driven, youth led non-profit organization, but the business model can be applied far beyond just the under-served in Kenya. In the UK, crowdfunding could allow a business to provide technological training, such as coding or app development, to young people from low income families, in turn allowing them to generate income through newfound specialist and in-demand skills.

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