Africa | December 4, 2018

Google funds three dozen social enterprises in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Roodgally Senatus
ImpactAlpha Editor

Roodgally Senatus

ImpactAlpha, December 4 – Google has allocated $6 million in grant funding to nonprofits and social enterprises in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa that use technology to deliver social impact in their communities.

Google selected three-dozen firms as part of its Impact Challenge to receive funding, training and support to help grow use of their products and services.

Among the winners is Kenya-based GiveDirectly, which allows donors to send money directly to families living in extreme poverty via mobile phones, and Solar Sister, a startup that invests in women-led clean energy enterprises in off-grid communities in Nigeria.

Google launched a new $25 million AI Impact Challenge last month to add ethics to artificial intelligence development.