Pathway to Sustainability
In the final phase of our rural economic development model in Golu, we have developed revenue channels and leveraging existing local revenue sources. Through vocational business training and entrepreneurial mentorship this phase will be the community's pathway to sustainability.
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 and future income generator.
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 in the planning phase of this project which has a goal to provide nationally recognized standard of training for rural people to become certified to work in a contact center. The participants that pass the course and successfully finish a 3 month internship will be certified to take paid outsourced contact center work from Freetown. We are working towards developing a skilled workforce that can perform all the functions as if they were in Freetown but at our center. This is an exciting opportunity for the following reasons:
- It will provide jobs and a new set of skills for people living in the most underserved communities; and
- It will discourage brain drain from the rural communities to the capital, Freetown; and
- It will stimulate economy in the southern province.
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 subsistence farming with little to no economic transactions. Farming in Golu is still done using primitive tools and traditional methods. We're exploring ways that technology can serve as a way to develop sales distribution channels for agriculture products from the southern province to the more populated cities in country and hopefully one day internationally.
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