Konexio’s executive director and co-founder, Jean Guo, was honored for her work economically empowering women through Konexio! Each year, The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) awards the World of Difference prize to recognize the power every individual has to make a change for women’s empowerment in the world. TIAW chose Jean, and Konexio, for our programs’ success in enabling women to earn a livelihood for themselves and develop financial security, and for Jean’s resilience as a female founder.
Mike is a Konexio-certified trainer working with our partner Jesuit Refugee Service in Malawi. We asked him to tell us about his experience as a trainer for Konexio’s Digital Inclusion Program (DIP) in Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Dzaleka is home to over 50,000 refugees who are barred from formal employment locally. Through the DIP, our beneficiaries overcome this barrier by gaining access to the global digital job market. Mike is one of 11 individuals in Malawi who benefited from Konexio’s train-the-trainers model since 2016. Thanks to his training, he can now effectively share his knowledge of the most in-demand digital skills with refugees seeking digital employment.
Great news! Konexio’s training of trainers in Jordan has reached its end and student training is underway! Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) trainers, Noor and Saba’a, began their digital training course at the end of July and are now Konexio-certified DIP trainers. The two trainers will now equip undeserved talent in Amman, Jordan, with the digital skills to earn an income and thrive in society. Starting October 2rd, a cohort of 30 students with JRS Jordan began Konexio’s Digital Inclusion Program (DIP), which will last until March 2023.
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Elizabeth. I’m 24 years old and from South Sudan. My family and I fled to Kenya from South Sudan in 2015, due to the ongoing violent conflict which disrupted my ability to safely attend school. We were constantly instructed to remain at home because of recurring violence.
What's that you are working on?
This is crocheting. I earn a living by crocheting and selling different products such as clothing and table mats. I’m also a social media influencer on TikTok and Instagram where I have a large following and post livestreams daily. I livestream my training sessions on both Instagram and TikTok, which helps me increase my following, market my products, and sell them online. Due to my large following on Instagram, the platform has verified my business and given me an official badge to sell my products. Now whenever my followers join my live streams they have the option to buy access to the livestream.