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Learning Lions is a non-profit organization with the mission to tackle poverty, achieve gender equality, ensure education and promote self-sustainability through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) education, training and support. The organization operates in the Turkana region of Kenya, where 97% of people (approximately 900,000 inhabitants) live in extreme poverty. The organization enables young adults in impoverished, rural areas of Eastern Africa to live a life full of opportunity while remaining in their home area. Learning Lions won the 2018 Google Impact Challenge for their efforts, the first of its kind to take place in Africa, rewarding innovative organizations that have an impact on society through technology.
The Learning Lions program is structured into three units:
- LEARNING LIONS trains talented young people without prior IT knowledge in the areas of programming, graphic design and media production through a three-month basic and six-month advanced digital vocational education. Around half of the participants are young women.
- Graduates are then ready to work for global clients, benefiting from the support of DIGITAL LIONS, the organization's fair trade IT-outsourcing agency. Tapping into the billion-dollar market on micro-tasking platforms (Fiverr, Upwork, etc.) and into partnerships with global digital agencies, the graduates can earn far above local standards and continue their professional development.
- Entrepreneurial graduates who feel confident with clients and can join the STARTUP LIONS incubator, which provides them with capital, tools and back-office support.
In these three stages, Learning Lions creates the foundations of a self-sustaining digital growth cluster – even in remote areas so far known only for poverty, droughts and refugee camps.
FarmFresh, a Rwandan agri-processor that sources beans from buyers who work directly with smallholder farmers, and processes them into pre-cooked, "ready-to-eat" nutritional foods for the East African market. FarmFresh beans are sold through two channels: (i) premium retail, as a convenience option for the growing middle class; and (ii) bulk, as an optimally nutritious and environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional school meal. In Rwanda, a country with the highest per capita bean consumption globally, FarmFresh beans generate impact through increased income for smallholder farmers (USD 55 per year), increased nutritional availability for school children (38% of children are iron-deficient), and responsible consumption (eleven times less energy needed to prepare the meal).
PG Impact has provided a loan alongside a co-investment from Ceniarth, an impact-focused family fund operating out of London. This funding will allow FarmFresh to expand its bean processing capacity in a new facility. One of the members of Partners Group's Industry Value Creation team will also serve as a board observer in the company.