Excitement was in the air last week at RefuSHE’s leafy campus on Gitanga Road in Nairobi, Kenya. As 52 young women prepared to graduate from Konexio’s freelancing training course, they could all agree on one thing: they did many excel exercices to prepare for the test. After six months of hard work, they were officially done with the Digital Inclusion Program, and over 75% had already earned a paycheck through online freelancing.
New year, new project: in January, Konexio will launch a new pilot in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. The pilot will train 60 refugee women in digital literacy and online freelancing, and is part of Konexio’s global Digital Inclusion Program (DIP). The pilot is an expansion of Konexio’s partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS); with joint projects already running in Jordan and Malawi, Kakuma is the third location where the DIP will be implemented by the two organizations. The project will begin with site setup and an 8-week training of trainers, followed in the spring by the six-month DIP course.