Sahara Foundation and LEAP Africa empower African social entrepreneurs using Impact-OS

Sahara Foundation (Sahara) and LEAP Africa’s (LEAP) Social Innovators Fellowship is an annual, one-year programme that supports innovative young Africans who have ideas and businesses that provide solutions to key social and environmental challenges in local communities across Central, East and West Africa.

In 2022 these social ventures were sourced from Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Cameroon, South Sudan and the Gambia.Their initiatives ranged from: leveraging technology to facilitate improved civic participation in governance; using renewable energy to combat poverty; improving girl’s education; reducing maternal mortality using ICT; youth empowerment through waste recycling; and innovative use of technology to improve food storage for rural farmers, amongst others.Sahara and LEAP selected Impact-OS’s (Powered by Impact Amplifier) investment readiness platform to help get the entrepreneurs grant/investment ready.

The course was customized to equip the 2022 cohort of 21 fellows with the relevant business knowledge and an understanding of grant and investment requirements to enhance their enterprises’ fundraising efforts and, ultimately, improve the bankability of their grant and investment cases.

Real time performance data was collected by the ventures throughout the programme, which allowed both Sahara and LEAP, to calculate and attribute the impact of its intervention.

The  awardees

The 21 businesses selected went through the nine modules of online course work, alongside weekly virtual group coaching sessions led by Impact-OS accredited business mentors.At the end of the programme, high performing Fellows were each awarded with $5,000 grants to grow their ideas or businesses.

The awardees were Aminu Moses Rex of Delfak (Nigeria), James Thuch Madhier of The Rainmaker Enterprise (South Sudan), Michael Osumune of Moon Innovations Smart Inverter Systems (Nigeria), Ligare Allan Muliru of Gare Holdings (Kenya), Siwelwa Lazarous of Virgin Green Renewables (Zambia), Gerasia Laurent Andrea of African Powdered Eggs (Tanzania), Lamin Ceesay of Karankuku Farms (The Gambia), Ayilara Assurance Oluchi and Tunde Adeyemi of D-Olivette Enterprises (Nigeria).
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