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PAMOJA IMPACT - Social Innovation for Social Impact

We seek Innovative Solutions to Social Problems where the value created accrues primarily to the society as a whole.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Our Idea/project is named Pamoja Foods – Health and Wellness | Food for All; it will provide economic opportunity to entrepreneurs, farm producers and processors, governments and individuals. It will improve lives by tackling food insecurity through; Geographical Information System, Community Supported Agriculture, Data Analytics, Food Financing Initiative, Food System Design, and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations on the block-chain. Problem: Food insecurity caused by population growth and rising food, transportation and agricultural costs; issues of social inequality and social justice particularly in regards to zero hunger and poverty which form part of the Global Goals. We believe that food is a basic right and everyone has a right sufficient nutritious food that is available, accessible, and affordable. Achieving food and nutritional security requires every member of society to have access to nutritious food and the information and freedom to make appropriate choices concerning good nutrition. Based on the understanding that all aspects of the food system; including how food is grown, processed, packaged, transported and consumed have implication on the health of individuals, communities and the environment. However some of the bottlenecks stifling this right are; Hunger, affordability and income levels, diet and food supply, geographical food inequality, food health and nutrition, inefficient logistics management and inadequate storage capacity.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are; i. School going orphans and vulnerable children either infected or affected by the HIV/aids pandemic ii. Vulnerable children who have been sheltered in the child recue centres/homes iii. Expectant/pregnant low income mothers iv. Babies in kindergarten and day care aged 0 – 3 years old v. The aged in the society aged 75+ years vi. Low income families living below the poverty line or plunged into a financial crisis by a lost job, a medical emergency or other unexpected expense or loss of income.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The current approaches include; a) Traditional markets, modern retail. However, these are based on capitalism. Capitalism harnesses self-interest in helpful sustainable ways, but only on behalf of those who can pay. The poverty head count ratio of people living below $1.90 per day stands at 33.6%. b) Non-profits and Government aid channel caring to those who can't pay but the resources run out before they meet the need. Charity is a form of trickle-down economics, if the trickle stops, so does help for the needy. The company is modeled as a social enterprise – business hybrid of for-profit and non-profit organizations. We blend for-profit best practices with non-profit missions and results. By valuing the three P’s (People, Planet, Profit) we are creating sustainable business models that operate differently than traditional nonprofits that is why by having a baked-in triple (social, environmental and financial) bottom line gives us a natural competitive advantage.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

The company is modeled as a social enterprise i.e. a business hybrid of for-profit and non-profit organizations. We blend for-profit best practices with non-profit missions and results by identifying new opportunities within a particular social problem, develop innovations that lead to promising new approaches, demonstrate accountability by regularly measuring performance and impact, and then secure predictable revenue sources that achieve financial sustainability.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

My enlightening epiphany comes from the Bible in the book of Philippians 2: 19 – 22 “I hope in the Lord Jesus to send you Timothy to you soon, that I may also be cheered when I receive news about you. 22 I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. 21 for everyone looks out for his own interest, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel”.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Prosperity has been impacted by harsh climatic conditions, food insecurity and availability of water . Deepening economic crisis is profoundly impacting children, youth and families. This negatively impacts on the provision for basic necessities for children and families with special emphasis on child headed households that contribute to cases of abuse and school drop outs. Children are particularly vulnerable as they undergo critical developmental transitions, for example, from primary school to high school and high school to colleges. Children at this stage may be forced to change their plans for tertiary or even higher education and instead seek increasingly scarce unskilled jobs in order to contribute to the household economy. Individual voices of the poor are scarcely heard and interventions by government are meagre to make any meaningful change in the affected households.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Non-profits with ties to the communities; inclusive of faith-based organizations and denominations will play a critical role in project implementation. These organizations will ensure accountability, mobilization and efficiency in community involvement. Their incentive to partner with us comes from their primary role of empowerment and welfare and wellbeing in the community. Local governments particularly, The Ministry of Youth Gender and Social Services and their interest in youth empowerment, job creation and welfare of the people they serve. Google Organization’s assistance on geographical mapping techniques and data analysis. This project is not only committed to the health and wellness | food for all, but also accomplishment of the Global Goals tied to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Robust empowerment youth and women groups and a supportive Ministry of Youth, Gender and Social Services

Geographic Focus

The project will be piloted in Meru county, Kenya, East Africa.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

24 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


Join the conversation:

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Q-Can you elaborate on your use of GIS system and how it works?
Q- Who are the local grass root level stakeholders?

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Sorry, I did not see your email in time, (went to the junk folder).
Q1: The focus of GIS (Geographical Information System) project is to identify geo-strategic social issues, engage the community to assess existing resources and craft locally-appropriate solutions based on geospatial data. It is a software.
Progressively, GIS will discover and share best practices in community-based, sustainable food systems for application in other regions and communities.
Areas of focus for the GIS will be;
Regional/community Food System Assessment
Collection and Analysis of Geospatial Data critical to social innovation.
Also it could help determine; Food abundant areas including locations for farming and gardening, demographic population size and projected demand, consumption of packaged and processed foods, under-served communities, infrastructure network optimization including warehouse locations.
Q2: the local grassroot stakeholders comprise of Nonprofit organizations and their beneficiaries, women empowerment groups, self-help groups and team volunteers. We are still in the prototype phase but about to engage local government on partnering to increase reach

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