Pamela Roussos is Chief Community Officer, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. She is responsible for developing and furthering strategic relationships, partnerships and alliances that span Miller Center’s global footprint. Previously, she spent 20 years building and leading venture-backed software companies. Pamela began mentoring social entrepreneurs in 2010 and has been dedicated to and inspired by them ever since. She is a sought-after speaker for her expertise in social entrepreneurship, impact investing, global accelerators and place-based initiatives designed to spur economic growth in under-developed communities in the US and around the world.
Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) is a program that celebrates innovation and impact in early stage African enterprise. BAF serves to showcase and award entrepreneurs who are running early stage for-profit and nonprofits that are addressing Africa’s unique needs through technology or differentiated business models. These unique needs are in health, education, energy, financial inclusion, gender inclusion, nutrition, commerce, industrial development, and other socio-economic good.
African Diaspora Network’s nomination committee has identified 10 Builders of Africa’s Future awardees this year. Each BAF Awardee will receive a $5,000.00 Financial Award thanks to our partners at the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and training thanks to the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
Imara Tech’s vision is to bring prosperity, resilience, and sustainability to every farm in Africa. Our mission is to enrich the lives of smallholder farmers by empowering communities with locally made, productive-use technologies. Our end-users are the 26 million people living and working on smallholder farms across Tanzania. The MCT cuts threshing times by days or even weeks, allowing farmers to spend their time as they see fit, whether that’s running other businesses or taking care of their homes.
DrugStoc is a secure and interactive procurement platform (Online/Offline) that empowers healthcare providers by giving access to safe and quality pharmaceutical products through our consolidated supply chain system. DrugStoc innovates to provide all licensed health workers in Nigeria a hassle-free procurement platform to source all the medications, consumables, and small medical devices they need for their patients or practice.
Kwangu-Kwako is a social enterprise that builds safer, healthier, affordable homes for families in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. The houses are built from reinforced precast concrete panels made by local artisans within the target community, providing sustainable livelihoods to those most in need. The Kwangu-Kwako solution is easily scalable and transferable to other communities, cities and countries.
At Onelamp, we believe that education and solar energy should go hand in hand as the most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty plaguing rural communities in Uganda and the African continent. We recognize light as a critical enabler to quality education for the world´s deprived and underserved.
As a social enterprise our main goal is to provide affordable clean, safe and efficient lighting technology to 7.5 million children attending rural schools in Uganda, where only 1% have access to electricity and 78% of the primary schools are found in rural areas. Our approach is to provide individual affordable solar bulbs directly to students and Onelamp light cards at $2 for an entire academic term of access to clean light.
Solar Freeze is pioneering mobile cold storage units powered by renewable energy for rural smallholder farmers, to help them reduce the huge challenge of post-harvest loss. In much of the developing world, postharvest losses are as high as 80% and the cold-storage chain is virtually non-existent due to the high cost of equipment and spotty electricity. Solar Freeze uses an integrated approach to Postharvest management recognizing that it is a systems-based challenge and requires an integrated innovation strategy that incorporates technological and financial innovations, capacity building across the value chain, enhanced market access and other elements to achieve impact at scale.
At clinicPesa, we empower every person and organization to save lives and do more. We do what we do because we believe, “No one should be denied access to healthcare because they can not afford it”. We do it by providing access to affordable healthcare financing to the uninsured in the African Markets. clinicPesa provides you with access to healthcare financing that is more convenient and affordable than the traditional Insurance, through a digital micro-loans and savings platform for setting aside dedicated healthcare funds used to offset medical bills and purchase drugs in time of need at our registered clinic, hospital or pharmacy.
Centonomy is a financial consultancy firm that teaches people how to manage money and create wealth. We have three main Personal Finance Management courses that we run at different times of the year. We work with Individuals, Corporates and Investment Groups. Each course is tailor-made to suit a specific demographic depending on your preference.
Tai Tanzania is a youth-led organization that envisions a society where young people are socially responsible leaders in sustainable development. We aspire for change and growth. Tai Tanzania uses the power of combining data, storytelling, and technology to inspire behavior changes among young people. Currently, the organization uses edutainment, (3D animations) based on true stories to address the obstacles that prevent girls from accessing education ie. teenage pregnancy, child marriage, FGM, Menstrual Hygiene Management, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) etc. These contents are also used to influence decision-makers to take actions that will improve the learning environment.
Filamujuani began in the year 2008. It came about from a passion to help eliminate poverty creatively-by teaching young people how to tell their stories using video and photography. Filamujuani is a combination of two Swahili words – Filamu, meaning films and Juani, meaning, in the sun. Loosely translated it means Films in the Sun in Swahili. We believe that telling your own story is not only cathartic but also uplifting and a life skill worth having.
FixChap is a digital platform bridging the trust gap between home owners/offices with servicemen by giving them access to verified servicemen within their localities. Payments are done securely directly to us. The serviceman is only paid upon customer’s satisfaction. Servicemen performances are monitored through customer reviews and ratings after the service. The versatility of FixChap allows servicemen to only take deals/repair jobs when they want to by logging in online via our App, as a result people name us as “an uber for repair services”. FixChap brings order and structure to this highly fragmented industry.
Sr. Celestina Nwodo is a Catholic Rev. Sister from the Congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is a religious institution in the Catholic Church working in different countries of the world including Nigeria. Her apostolate is all round education for the poor especially the girl child. Sr. Celestina works in Notre Dame Girls’ Academy, Amoyo, Kwara State, Nigeria as the school bursar.
Notre Dame Girls’ Academy is owned and managed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Nigeria to give quality and affordable education for the poor especially girls, who are most of the time disadvantaged. Students learn academic and acquire skills such as tailoring and sewing, making of footwear, flower vas, earrings, necklace, bead-bangles etc. The students are being taught Artwork and drawings, Catering, weaving and many other skills. The vision of our organization is to prepare young women for life.