More than 2 billion people across the world live on less than $2 a day, and many of them have never held a formal or stable job. Lacking the chance to make a living wage traps workers in a cycle of poverty. Yet Samasource believes that within this struggling demographic lies a potentially rich and untapped resource: brainpower.
Samasource uses the Internet to bring stable, living-wage work to women and youth living in poverty in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, India, and Haiti. Samasource recruits and trains workers from low-income communities, helps them to gain life-changing work skills and experience, and hires them to provide data entry and content moderation services for paying clients.
Since 2010, Cisco has provided cash grants and Cisco WebEx technology to help Samasource establish and expand its Internet-enabled outsourcing and workflow programs. With Cisco support, Samasource has:
Samasource was created to provide employment, not aid, to areas in desperate need of economic development. Consistent employment gives workers confidence and skills. An increase in income means workers, and their dependents, have more money for food, healthcare, and education. And, for women, it means improved status and respect within their families and communities.
“My job is a great support for my family. I can earn while I learn and grow.” -- Reena Prasad, Samasource worker in India