Pathway to Sustainability
In the final phase of our rural economic development model we are ready execute on our planned revenue channels and build on existing local revenue resources, uncovered throughout the project lifecycle. During this phase it's all about putting in motion the education, business mentorship and strategic partnerships to forge the community's pathway to sustainability. This is a time for action!
Project Golu : Pathway to Sustainablity
Setting up revenue channels
In order for Golu's resource center to obtain economic sustainability they need to bring in revenue. Throughout the project lifecycle and consulting with local businesses, educators, leaders and local higher education institutes we determined there was a need for certain products and services. Currently the Golu resource center offer's the following products and services:
- Passport Photos / Photo Printing
- Cell Phone Top-up
- Cell Phone Solar Charging
- Stationary supplies
- Internet Cafe / Digital Literacy Edu.
One of the keys we see to succeeding in long term impact in rural economic development is the alignment of strategic partners in country so there is a network of individuals and organizations invested in the same cause. For Golu, we have invested in digital literacy and computers as a form of education.
When our local vocational training partner, TrainingSol and tech company SBTS Group came to us with the idea of developing a custom rural vocational training program geared towards the initial group of digital literacy participants we jumped at the opportunity to collaborate further. We're currently in the planning phase of this project but the goal is to provide a national standard level training at our center for people to become certified to work in a call center. The participants that pass the course and successfully finish a 3 month internship will be certified to take paid outsourced digital and call center work from Freetown. Essentially we will be working towards developing a skilled workforce that can perform all the functions as if they were in Freetown but at our center. This is exciting for many reasons:
- will provide jobs and a new set of skills for people living in the most underserved communities; and
- will discourage brain drain from the rural communities to the capital, Freetown; and
- will hopefully stimulate economy in Golu.
Leverage existing industry and resources
Southern Sierra Leone is a very agriculturally rich part of the world. Most of the families in Golu survive purely off the land with little to no economic transactions. Farming in Golu is still done using more primitive tools and methods. We're exploring ways that our technology center can serve as a way to develop sales channel for agriculture products from the southern province to the more populated cities. This project is in the planning phases right now. As we develop our plan and learn more about how to best leverage technology to advance the agriculture industry in Golu we will update our site.