What is your background?
From a very young age, I lived between two countries: Italy and Senegal, which allowed me to become trilingual very quickly: Wolof, French and Italian. I have lived in Italy since I was a teenager. Then my children grew up and we decided to come to France to allow them to follow an ambitious school curriculum.
What profession would you like to focus on now?
For 2 years I was enrolled in a RATP training course to become a bus driver. My favorite job. I have been driving large vehicles for a long time, and I must say that I am quite good at driving.
However, because of the Covid crisis, I have not been able to finish this training.
Konexio moderates a panel on cross-sectoral collaboration, with representatives from RefugePoint, Ikea Foundation, and US PRM
Konexio is delighted to have participated in this year’s Migration Summit, organized by the MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT), a month-long global event designed to build bridges between diverse communities of displaced learners, academia, private sector, government, and philanthropy around the key challenges and opportunities for refugee and migrant communities.
Training expertise and local knowledge strengthen Konexio’s international offerings
We warmly welcome Lead Trainer Ayusa Ondieki and International Programs Coordinator Fidel Mutuku to our staff team! Both are natives of Nairobi and together represent Konexio’s first staff presence in Kenya.
Ayusa comes to us with experience in empowerment programs for refugees, youth, and women, most recently at RefugePoint’s entrepreneurship initiatives. Ayusa seeks to bring a forward-thinking digital edge to livelihoods training in Kenya and beyond.
Fidel is an experienced learning and development professional. He has specific expertise in program coordination, implementation, and coaching, with a passion for social advocacy and impact. Fidel will be responsible for supporting our learners, programs, and operations in Kenya, Malawi, and Jordan.
Konexio launches training of trainers in Nairobi to bring digital livelihoods to refugee women
It’s official: with the launch of our Nairobi train-the-trainers intensive course, Konexio has broken ground in our third country, Kenya.
Konexio is partnering with Nairobi-based NGO RefuSHE to train 240 vulnerable refugee women in digital skills for online freelancing, opening the door to life changing opportunities for safe and dignified employment. We’ll be training RefuSHE’s trainers, developing a localized curriculum, and providing expertise on the digital field so that refugee women in Kenya can gain access to income generating opportunities available online, regardless of their contextual challenges they face.
Konexio gathers with fellow MigraCode EU partners at a summit to discuss employability strategies
Konexio gathered in Athens, Greece with fellow partners in the MigraCode EU network, a collective that promotes open tech education for refugees and migrants, for a conference on employability skills. Migracode is a European network of code schools made possible by various nonprofit organizations. The network also collaborates with corporate business and other organizations to support vulnerable groups all throughout Europe.
Meet Ewa, a special education teacher turned web development instructor for our Paris training programs
Please tell us about your background.
My professional background began as a specialized educator for autistic children, which is very different from coding. Within my SESSAD (structures of the medical-educational sector) I started to be interested in code. I didn't know how to code at all, but I joined a community called Ladies of Code. They are the ones who introduced me to web development and I liked it !
Shortly after I had back problems, the work doctor advised me to change jobs so as not to put my health in danger. I thought why not go into web development, just to see if I would really like it or not. I started to take small distance learning courses and I heard about Konexio. And a few months later, when there was the fourth DevWeb class, I could start my new studies.
Meet Stan, a Digital Inclusion Program graduate-turned-teacher
Konexio and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) launched the Digital Inclusion Program (DIP) in Malawi in 2019, training sixty refugee students in online freelancing. As a capacity builder, Konexio trains instructors, who in turn train the refugee students living in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. The students, 29 percent of whom are women, earn on average $500 per month.
Now a DIP instructor, Stan joined the program’s inaugural cohort in fall 2019 and subsequently launched a successful freelancing career. Having studied engineering in his home country of the Congo, which he eventually fled due to insecurity, Stan held a bachelor’s degree in networks and telecommunications when he arrived alone in Malawi in 2017.
Konexio Founder and CEO Jean Guo to Attend the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship's Women's Economic Empowerment Accelerator
Konexio to partner with The Miller Center to promote economic and digital inclusion for all
Globally, only 20% of the world’s 40 million+ adult refugees are employed, with refugee women experiencing unemployment levels up to 17% higher than those of men. Accordingly, the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will bring together social sector leaders who are committed to supporting women at its Women’s Economic Empowerment Accelerator (WEE), which will be held remotely from January 26, 2022 until July of this year. Konexio’s founder and CEO Jean Guo will attend this mentorship program, seeking to strengthen Konexio’s commitment to equal opportunity for refugees and low-income women through digital skills training. Konexio’s upcoming program launch in Nairobi, in partnership with RefuSHE, as well as its current programs in Seine-Saint-Denis, in partnership with Social Builder, form the current backbone of Konexio’s women’s-specific programming.
Konexio will partner with RefuSHE to train 180 refugee women in digital freelancing
Konexio and RefuSHE will jointly launch Konexio’s Digital Inclusion Program in Nairobi, Kenya as successful applicants to the Google Impact Challenge for Women and Girls 2021! The competition received over 8000 applications from around the world, the most for any Google Impact Challenge to date. With the help of Vital Voices, Google.org selected 34 of the boldest and most innovative solutions, including Konexio’s digital freelancing program, to help create a more economically equitable world for women.