What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The project has not begun yet, so there has been no impact to date.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Over the next 1-3 years, we hope to develop the site into a well-known resource in The Gambia, paving the way for a potential future in other developing countries, specifically in West Africa. We hope to get the word out to local woman vendors, craftswomen and women in the markets to encourage them to get involved in this new resource.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Although many women in The Gambia do have access to phones, many may not. For this reason, we will give them the ability to come into the YMCA to discuss their products with us, and we will help them upload their information onto the portal. Women may also be nervous or anxious regarding the use of technology, so by having women serve women, as women update and manage the portal, we hope to encourage their accessibility and willingness to get involved, through mutual understanding and a higher comfort level.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Up to 200 women using and accessing the portal
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Expanding into other West African countries