Total loan: $25,000


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Kilifi, Kilifi County, Kenya / Education

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A loan helped to establish 10 innovative mobile IT labs that will provide job-training to 1000 rural Kenyan youths every month.

Ict4D's story


Access to IT education for rural youth in Kenya is virtually nonexistent. Most IT training institutions are only available in urban areas, so both the cost and distance are prohibitive for rural Kenyans to get IT education or training. This issue exacerbates the gap between rural and urban Kenyans, as rural Kenyans end up unemployed as they lacking crucial IT skills.


In 2010, Jonathan Mativo (pictured in photo ) founded ICT4D with the unique solutution of bringing IT training opportunities directly to the villages through mobile IT labs. More specifically, ICT4D rotates—on a month-by-month basis—across rural communities in Kenya, providing specialized daily 3-hour trainings for students. Through this model, ICT4D has reached over 30,000 people in less than four years with alumni boasting highly positive outcomes: 81% have secured employment, 4% started own businesses and 2% are now studying IT in colleges and universities

Loan Use & Impact

Demand for ICT4D’s services has grown rapidly as Jonathan has gained international recognition (Ashoka & Acumen fellowships). ICT4D needs short-term working capital in order to establish 10 additional fully-equipped mobile IT labs that will enable the social enterprise to train up to 1000 Kenyan youth every month.