Mobile Movement: Handheld Philanthropy

Mobile Movement:  Handheld Philanthropy

Primary leadership: Leba Haber Rubinoff
Award amount: $72,000

Mobile Movement connects young African social entrepreneurs with young North American professionals. Using mobile phone technology, which is now widespread, this network will facilitate both micro-funding and the exchange of professional advice to projects in Africa that promote public benefit. A website will share the project's successes, lessons learned, and new ideas for scaling toward future collaborative and transnational youth partnerships.Mobile Movement is a network that connects people from all over the world with a social mandate: to help bridge the gap between rich and poor with microfinancing, business partnerships and information exchanges.

For our first project in Nairobi, Kenya, we are partnering with UN-HABITAT (a UN agency), the Environmental Youth Alliance (a Canadian non-profit organization), and Microsoft Research India.

Mobile Movement is a network that connects people from all over the world with a social mandate: to help bridge the gap between rich and poor with microfinancing, business partnerships and information exchanges.

Mobile Movement is working with 15 youth groups from the slums and low-income neighborhoods of Nairobi. These groups are part of UN-HABITAT's "Urban Entrepreneurship Program" which trains young people and encourages the development of socially responsible small businesses.

The project has four goals:

  • To support young social entrepreneurs with the professional advice they request and provide micro-financing for their businesses to grow.
  • To encourage a new generation of philanthropists and activists.
  • To use mobile technology to allow more direct communication and bridge the gap between the rich and poor.
  • To create a movement where philanthropy feels accessible, powerful and personally meaningful.