Sahara Foundation has announced the award of $5,000 each as seed funding to African social innovators who have successfully completed its 2022 Sahara Impact Fund (SIF) Fellowship programme.
The beneficiaries of the seed funding include CEO of OnePad Reusable Pad, Nigeria, Ayilara Oluchi; CEO of Karakunku Farm, the Gambia, Lamin Ceesay; CEO Delfak Nigeria Limited, Aminu Rex; CEO, Bertec, Cameroon, Claude Moghomaye; among others.
The three-month Fellowship was organised by Sahara Foundation in collaboration with LEAP AFRICA, a youth-focused leadership development non-profit organisation; and Impact Amplifier, a social enterprise that accelerates the investment readiness, growth and capital provision of high impact, innovative social enterprises in Africa.
Speaking on the motivation behind the Fund during the SIF close out ceremony, director, Sahara Foundation, Pearl Uzokwe said, Sahara Foundation is committed to impacting lives and building sustainable societies across Africa.
“We believe that Africa’s biggest challenges need diverse, local problem solvers and Sahara Foundation is helping to identify and empower these social solution providers,” it said.
“The Sahara Impact Fund was set up to help close the gap in energy equality in Africa, as well as promote sustainable environment through the empowerment of creative social entrepreneurs working to move Africa from a continent of potentials to actualisation,” she stated.