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Working towards a world where sustainable social enterprises, created by local entrepreneurs from low income countries, are the norm
Formed in 2016, rise believes in the importance of a world where sustainable social businesses, created by local social entrepreneurs, are provided with resources, knowledge, and the professional community needed to be successful and transformational in their communities.
Through our professional network in the design and architecture industry, rise links aspiring social entrepreneurs in vulnerable communities in low income sub-Saharan African countries to essential resources they don’t otherwise have access to in their local communities. Resources provided include start-up funding, business skills, and mentorship. By working directly with individuals and their communities in a holistic manner, we aim to develop training and solutions that can address local needs and contribute to economic development.
Additionally, rise seeks to solve the poor quality and lack of infrastructure outside of most African capital cities by bringing local skilled labour to work on architecture projects in rural areas thus improving the construction know-how within local communities. We aim to bridge the disconnect between trades people and professionals, bringing them together through a program called in loco that uses locally sourced talent and materials, striving to create an entrepreneurial mindset.