It's official. Our second shop is scheduled to open later this summer and will create over 50 jobs for talented Kenyan youth to sell products like solar lamps in their community. Our team is inspired by the amazing support we received throughout the campaign! Across continents, countries, and cities our supporters came together to do something important. We thank you for your commitment to ensure Kenyan youth have access to opportunity.
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The majority of youth in Kenya are jobless and struggle to earn a livelihood. Instead of handouts or "band-aid" solutions, we believe in creating access to opportunity. What if we provided creative youth with jobs? What if talented youth could actualize their potential? That’s what we do at LivelyHoods!
LivelyHoods is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that gives youth in slums the chance to earn an honest living.
"I've pledged to wear 25 band-aids on my face in public. Yes. You read that right. It's time we go beyond 'band-aid solutions' and create jobs for youth in slums. For each $1,000 dollars we raise, I will lose a band-aid. Want one?"
-Maria Springer, Co-Founder of LivelyHoods
How does LivelyHoods create jobs?
LivelyHoods leverages market demand for hard-to-get, life-improving technologies in slum communities.
In 2011, we opened our first retail shop in a Nairobi slum. This shop has served as a central hub for over 65 youth sales representatives. They have sold thousands of solar lamps, clean cookstoves and reusable sanitary pads. These products improve the lives of the people who buy them and the youth who sell them. And this is sustainable. Our first retail shop covers the cost of its operations.
We have scale ambitions on par with any private business. We aim to impact not hundreds, but tens of thousands of youth worldwide. The LivelyHoods team is ready to open a second retail shop. We can build a world where talented youth have access to opportunity, and there is no reason not to. That's where you come in.
What is the money for?
We are raising $25,000 to open a second shop.
With $25,000, we can purchase inventory and store fittings, and recruit and train over 50 sales representatives in the next twelve months. In addiiton to earning a regular income, these sales representatives will provide thousands of families with access to cleaner and greener goods.
What goods do youth sales representatives sell?
Who is behind LivelyHoods?
Maria Springer and her co-founder, Tania Laden, met in middle school in Los Angeles, California. Graduates of UCLA and Stanford, respectively, they've worked with governments, technology start-ups and banks in Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Chile and now Kenya. They launched LivelyHoods in 2011 with a team of youth from Nairobi, including Alex Govinda and Maureen Adhiambo. They have won 8 awards for social innovation, including the Unreasonable Institute Fellowship, the Cordes Fellowship, the StartingBloc Fellowship, the Global Catalyst Award, the Global Social Benefit Incubator Fellowship and more.
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What if we don't raise the full $25,000?
Our team is known to make things happen. But in the case that we don't raise the full $25,000, we will put the money towards employing youth in our existing store. We will not be able to open the second store right now without this support.
Is Maria Springer really going to wear 25 band-aids on her face during the campaign?
Yes. She will apply new band-aids every day, and rip one off for each $1,000 that is contributed. She'll even publish a video of herself doing that! Fun right? Let's rip those band-aids off while simultaneously funding job creation! ASAP.
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I can't donate, but I am with you. How can I support?
You're AWESOME. You can help us spread the word so that together, we can make this project a success. Use the sharing tools at the top of this page. Shoot. Send this page to everyone you know. They'll LOVE you for it.
Acknolwedgments. This campaign would not have been possible without the following people: Director, Monica Davis; Writers, Jehan Ratnatunga and Monica Davis; Editor, Luke Springer; Producer, Anja de la Pena and Strategy, Libeth Morales. Thank you.
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