As I moved around the web from one corner to another searching for a giant in “Social innovation and Enterprise,” to definitely make my new hero, I came across Leila Chirayath Janah, the founder and CEO of Samasource (http://www.samasource.org).
Samasource enables marginalized people from refugees in Kenya to women in rural Pakistan to receive life-changing work opportunities on the Internet. The core of this concept is microwork – little bits of labor that can be performed anytime and anywhere that add up to a real livelihood. In parallel, Samasource enables socially responsible companies, small businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs in the US to contribute to economic development by buying services from their workforce at fair prices.
I picked on Leila and Samasource because of their unique and outstanding approach to Social Innovation and Enterprise. Instead of giving charity and loans, they give out jobs to the marginalized. I believe that this strategy helps develop the skills of the marginalized (meaning they could go on after a number of years earning a living on their own) as well as not creating laziness as marginalized people usually believe that someone out there will do charity to them. Leila believes that what marginalized people need most is not charity but a decent way to earn a living - and I totally agree with her on this!
I’ve embedded this video of an interview with Leila as she explains what Samasource does and where the wh*** idea came from.
I am hoping that we become friends with Leila soon - I don't feel like I can keep in the shadow comfortably. I am following her up on a number of sites on the Internet like:
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The exchange works directly for state and public workers and servants. It gives them credit in exchange for the amount of public work they contribute to the community. The more constructive they are based off a base rate the more credit they recieve.