Home Leone-Social Entrepreneurship in Action!

“Home Leone is the start of a movement that we believe can close Freetown’s slums in less than 25 years”.
Come hear Nigel Hyde pitch on June 6th 2018 at 232. Doors open at 18:30.

Home Leone is Social Entrepreneurship in Action!

The need is urgent and significant. Tonight, one in five of Freetown’s residents will sleep in a room with 10 or more people. 94% of homes have no flush toilet and hundreds of thousands live in some of the worst slums on earth. The need was brought in to sharp focus when last August a mudslide killed so many. The floods of 2015 and fires in Fort Street, Susans Bay and Cockle Bay demand our attention. It is clear that many thousands of people are in “danger of death@ from landslide, flood and fire, if not urgently relocated.

To date we have interviewed over 400 families ready for the move and the first 20 family heads are
already in the village employed and helping to build their homes. In July they, with their families (over 100 people) will move to the new homes.

A landmark moment for sustainable relocation in Sierra Leone. They pay rent in cash and in giving 3 hours a week community service. In 20 years they own their own homes in this extraordinary “rent to buy” scheme.

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The theme for the Freetown Pitch Night June 6th event is “Social Entrepreneurship

The theme for the Freetown Pitch Night June 6th event is “Social Entrepreneurship”.

The World Economic Forum describes Social Entrepreneurship as “A term that captures a unique approach to economic and social problems, an approach that cuts across sectors and disciplines grounded in certain values and processes that are common to each social entrepreneur, independent of whether his/ her area of focus has been education, health, welfare reform, human rights, workers’ rights, environment, economic development, agriculture, etc., or whether the organizations they set up are non-profit or for-profit entities”.

Do you have an idea or a business that is applying practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit Sierra Leonean society in general, with an emphasis on those who are marginalized and poor?.

Does your business focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation and tries to optimize the financial value creation in Sierra Leone?

Are you using market principles and forces to meet poverty alleviation goals?

Are you innovating by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem?

Will you like to pitch your idea or post revenue business at the Freetown Pitch Night in June? Send an email to- mail@freetownpitchnight.com- with a short summary of your idea or business description.

 

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ICommit – Freetown Pitch Night, May 16th

The next wave in Digital Disruption is uniting Fintech with Agtech.On May 16th at 232, the start up, Icommit will pitch their business. ICommit is a mobile money based conditional saving platform that allows smallholder farmers to make regular deposits during and after harvest and access the amount saved at the beginning of the planting season in order to purchase discounted agri-inputs. The platform also will help farmers sell their harvest faster and at market prices by connecting sellers with buyers across the country.

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