More than a dozen Africans will each bag $50,000 after tech giant Facebook recognize their efforts and role in the company’s Community Leadership program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities.
Of these, five are Kenyans whose various platforms have in one or another impacted lives Facebook seeks to reward and encourage building of such online communities.
Out of the 115 participants, Facebook granted the role of community leaders to five people who will each receive up to $1,000,000 in funding to build communities.
One of the five community leaders in residence selected is Kenyan Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club.
The other Kenyans who will benefit include Pamela Oduor who founded Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals
Truphosah Monah founded Women and Realities of Disability (WARD) to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of
disabled women. In addition to this, she uses her platform to support and encourage women all over the country who have disabilities.
Caroline Kihusa started Still A Mum, Kenya After having two miscarriages. Caroline searched for bereavement support groups, but couldn’t find any. She posted about it on Facebook to overwhelming support and decided to create a community called Still A Mum to support parents who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. Still A Mum’s vision is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support.
Felista Wangari, founder 52 week Saving Challenge, found that many Kenyans she interacted with claimed that it was impossible to save money. When she came across a 52-week money challenge online, she decided to gather together people who struggled to save in a Facebook Group and have them follow this weekly saving plan. The group became a place to share weekly reminders, discuss challenges and solutions, and celebrate milestones — and eventually, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management.
Asha Mweru Of WomenWorkKe
WomenWork Kenya was created by Isis Nyong’o and Asha Meru who came together to bring together driven, like-minded women with various business and career ambitions.