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. In December 2020, GPA awarded second level funding in the amount of $10,000 to expand operations of the impact studio and to other townships. ACCA has helped numerous organizations increase their online presence and has now worked with GPA grantees and applicants in South Africa to create their “pitch” videos when applying for funding. They are a prime example of youth developing business models that provides jobs and social benefit to others.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2021 GPA provided additional COVID related funding allowing the organization to operate during the pandemic. Finally, in October 2021 Sobae received a second level grant for $10,000. Funds were used to increase production of their best-selling sorbets, purchase additional equipment and hire two employees. In addition, they increased their product line to include gummies and donut cones!

 

 

 

 

 

Sobae’s famous DONUT cone!

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.

Pregmum: developed a maternal/fetal heart and blood pressure device for women in remote locations

Through a GPA grant of $5000 in November 2017 the Pregmum team created a fetal heart and maternal blood pressure monitor that can continuously monitor the heart rate of pregnant women in remote areas of Kenya. The device communicates medical information to a community health worker or doctor who is able to remotely assess if additional medical intervention is necessary. This device has the potential to significantly improve maternal/fetal heath and improve infant mortality rates.

Timothy and John, Pregmum founders

A patient using the Pregmum device to monitor her baby

Arinifu: Developing technology to support poultry farmers

Through a GPA grant of $5000 in November 2017 Arinufu developed a “smart brooder” –this is a device monitors the temperature of a newborn chicks’ environment and reports any variance via an app to the farmer. This ensures optimal temperature for survival, increasing profits for poultry farmers.  The organization notes that there are 1.6 million poultry farmers in Kenya and the mortality rate for chicks can be as high as 99% The smart brooder is a smart solution.

Arinifu: developing technologies to improve poultry farmers’ yield.

The Arinifu “smart brooder”