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Techno Brain Ltd.
As part of the larger KNH ICT Master Plan, which aims at transformation at the hospital, Techno Brain was given the responsibility of digitizing medical records for Ear, Nose and Throat clinic at Kenyatta National Hospital. The project is funded by the Rockefeller foundation, as part of their Poverty Reduction through Information and Digital Employment (PRIDE) initiative. The initiative promotes the field of impact sourcing, through creation of employment to many jobless youth.Techno brain followed the same Impact Sourcing model that is about employing those at the bottom of the pyramid, while impacting the lives through good services with the digitized records. Techno Brain has deployed 35 people who were directly employed to offer services after a two week immersion course.
Sweet Beginnings, LLC
Sweet Beginnings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the nonprofit North Lawndale Employment Network, is a social enterprise launched in 2004 to create jobs for those with little or no work experience and a criminal background – some of the hardest to employ individuals in our society. Sweet Beginnings owns and cares for 131 beehives at four locations, with a fifth coming this summer. These are urban apiaries, an apiary at O’Hare International Airport, and another at the county forest preserve. Sales outlets include major chains – Hudson News, Mariano’s groceries, Whole Foods, GrubHub, and others.
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
The L.I.F.E. program is a train-the-trainer capacity building initiative that uses the relay training model and positive peer pressure concept to transform notorious slums in Nigeria, as a model intervention for other underserved communities. L.I.F.E is an acronym that means Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Readiness and Entrepreneurship Skills. Following weeks of training in the above stated skills, the forty applicants selected every quarter are matched with companies to complete internships or supported to pursue their entrepreneurial interests in order to transform their lives by giving them a chance to improve their livelihoods.