Sama #2 Nonprofit on Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies 2016

I just wanted to share some great news — today I am honored that Sama was named one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (#2 on the nonprofit list) for “redefining what it means to be a not-for-profit business.”

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“Sama goes into communities that lack living-wage jobs — from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to rural Arkansas — and trains people to do digital work, such as verifying data that makes Google’s search algorithms smarter and flagging inappropriate content posted to TripAdvisor.”

Sama represents a new model for social impact: a nonprofit that is self-funding. To get closer to that goal, in October, Janah launched an affiliated for-profit business called Laxmi, a high-end cosmetics line that enlists poor African people, predominantly women, to grow, harvest, and process its ingredients in exchange for a fair wage. Her goal is to use some of Laxmi’s profits to fund Sama’s current operations as well as give her additional capital to find new ways to fight poverty.

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