Sisbros of Zion: community based training and job placement

GPA was able to support Sisbros of Zion in July 2019 with a $5000 grant so that they could train youth in various needed skills including tailoring. The organization worked with local businesses to offer job placement. 75 youth participated. 10 youth developed a venture that produces school uniforms, 40 are fully employed.

the tailoring classroom

Kenya Youth Biodiversity Network: training youth in agribusiness

With your support GPA was able to grant $4600 to Kenya Youth Biodiversity network in 2019. This organizations trained 25 youth in agribusiness and raising farm animals. Eventually the organization will build an agricultural training center.

GPA was also able to support the organization with a $5000 grant as they had to re-tool during the COVID crisis to be able to store and preserve some of the products they are growing.

African Comedy Collective: using comedy to create online content for local entrepreneurs

In 2019, GPA proudly supported the Collective with a $5000 grant to purchase AV equipment. This organization uses their immense comedic talents to produce short videos for social entrepreneurs to post on social media. Additionally, they host monthly networking meetings for young entrepreneurs to learn from each other. In 2020 GPA provided additional funding due to the COVID pandemic that supported them as they transitioned community networking events to an online platform.

a networking event

part of the ACCA team

Sobae: producing amazing sorbet and juices from perfectly ripe fruit

In 2020, GPA was pleased to support Sobae with a $3600 grant. This organization uses “perfectly ripe” fruit that is sold by vendors in the community to make delicious and healthy sorbets and juices. GPA funding allowed them to move from a push cart to a store. GPA provided additional funding ($3300) during the COVID crisis to support their needs as they move to a virtual community

Sobae Leadership

The new store!                         

A visit from Duchess Meghan

Lockshin Pizza: Supporting the community through pizza

GPA was pleased to offer a first grant for $3300 to support Lockshin Pizza, a shop that provides a safe place for youth to gather and do homework after school. The youth first do their homework, then learn how to operate a pizza parlor. GPA funding was provided to help the organization purchase necessary equipment and commercial kitchen supplies. In 2020 GPA provided special COVID related grant funding in the amount of  $7500 to assist the organization as they re-tool to provide much-needed bread to the community during the pandemic.

The Lockshin Pizza Team

Ubunchule Bezandla: women learning traditional beading and modern entrepreneurship

In May, 2019 GPA provided a $3500 grant to support instruction in traditional beading arts and entrepreneurship education for women in South Africa. Nine women were trained and now operate their own businesses. Additionally, the organization improved it’s social media and marketing plans and began to sell their wares to a larger audience.

women participating in beading instruction   

some of their amazing work

Nkosi Vogt: Agribusiness in South Africa

In June, 2018 GPA made a $5000 grant to Nkosi Vogt to teach youth how to develop and manage an organic pig farm. The project not only supported youth entrepreneurship but, address severe food insecurity in the region.

One participant stated, “I have a daughter and I am a single mom. I was working with my dad in the construction industry when our business fell apart. I decided to try something and approached Nkosi Vogt about their piggery. Upon starting, I was given a female piglet, they grow up fast and soon it will be ready to breed. I have appreciated learning this trade. We have found a butchery to distribute our porkers to….”

Film for Life: teaching youth skills in the booming film industry while advocating for free and fair elections in Nigeria

GPA was proud to provide a $5000 grant to LFA (“Film for Life”) led by well-known Nigerian Director, Chris Ihidero. This project equipped 9 young film makers with the expert understanding and participation in this booming Nigerian industry. Hundreds applied for this opportunity, 3 teams of youth were ultimately selected to “pitch” their film ideas and the winning film entry was made into a short film to educate the community about free and fair elections.

Empower and Serve Kenya: coding for Kenyan women

With a $4300 grant from GPA, Empower and Serve Kenya developed an innovative alliance with local organizations to identify and train young Kenyan women in coding, web design and digital media and support them in their entrepreneurial endeavors.  Their “DigiLab” concept initially trained 76 women and girls, including several “trainers.”  GPA has provided a second level grant of $10,000 to expand and replicate the program in other economically depressed areas of the region.

Tech ME: computer training and entrepreneurial skills to Nigerian Women

GPA provided a $4665.00 grant in July, 2018 for Tech Me to provide ICT (computer) training to 45 women, who have been systemically excluded from this industry.  The program taught them how to build a website, fix a smartphone, digital marketing and entrepreneurial skills. Over 500 women applied, 45 were accepted and 39 completed training. 15 received local funding for seed money to support their businesses, 2 were hired by local companies and 3 participated in internships.