Social Enterprises Programme
As part of LIFE’s mission to support entrepreneurship and sustainable job creation in Lebanon, Promote launched in 2017 a support programme for a carefully selected number of social enterprises based on a rigorous list of criteria.
This programme entails providing mentorship and facilitating introductions to relevant partners and stakeholders.
You can find below the list of enterprises LIFE is currently supporting:
Current Social Enterprises
Demand for skilled human capital for programming and web development in Lebanon is strong and on the rise. Codi is a 6 months coding and leadership programme for underprivileged youth in Lebanon. It is the first programme to foster digital education for underprivileged youth in Lebanon. Codi's mission is to use coding & programming to enable inclusion and employment, and as a catalyst for social innovation and diversity.
Codi, based in Beirut, is a combination between a coding bootcamp and a leadership course. The school of programming is free for students and targets young individuals (17 years +) who have a passion and strong motivation for digital and want to build a career in technology but lack the financial means to pursue a traditional education.
Codi’s 4 key social missions:
- Decrease youth employment, esp. for exceptional talent with limited formal education
- Increase access to quality programming human capital to cater for the high local demand
- Decrease gender gap in technology through women’s empowerment
- Address the stigma and exclusion of refugees during crisis and turn it into an opportunity for growth for the economy
Codi Cycle 2 – Class Demographics
- 17 Students
- 75% male hence a quarter of women!
- 44% Lebanese / 38% Syrian / 13% Palestinian / 6% Other
- Youngest 17 / Oldest 41 / Median 23-24
- Prior to Codi:
- 75% were unemployed / looking for a job
- 25% were in part-time work
- Academics Background:
- 8 have a university degree
- 4 have a General Baccalaureate
- 2 completed High School (but no diploma)
- 3 went up to Brevet (completed)
Hum’n Go, part of Alfanar’s portfolio, is a grab & go healthy snack made of hummus and crunchy bread sticks. Hum'n Go has currently two Hummus flavors, Original and Hummus with pomegranate molasses.
Hum’n Go was created by the founders of the social enterprise M Social Catering, a catering line with expert chefs working in a highly certified central kitchen that provides a selection of Lebanese and international cuisine and whose profits are reinvested in the job integration programme of @shareQ.
Therefore by peeling the lid of Hum’n Go and dipping the breadsticks into the natural Hummus, you would be contributing in recruiting, training and finding employment for women and youth with social or physical challenges among more than 100 partnering companies (50% placement rate to date).
SE Factory is an intensive 3-month coding bootcamp for low-income graduates in Lebanon. This programme aims to teach coding to underprivileged university graduates who lack the right technical and soft skills in demand in the job market. SE Factory's vision is to empower thousands of marginalized youth throughout Lebanon by 2021 through coding, eventually turning Lebanon into a hub for tech talent for local and international companies. SE Factory was recently recognized by the UK's ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, as being one of the leading new social enterprises in the country.
Over the past two years, SE Factory has been featured in Forbes, The Guardian, Tech Crunch, and MIT Tech Review.
SE Factory places their graduates in jobs (90% placement rate to date) with an average starting salary of $1,500. The programme costs $3k per student but they only pay $100 to attend the programme.
SE Factory’s social impact includes:
- Increasing socio-economic mobility in Lebanon
- Reversing brain drain
- Incentivizing foreign companies to hire in Lebanon
- Helping local companies grow
Globally and in Lebanon, the clothing industry is a large contributor of waste that ends up in landfills with severe impacts on the environment. FabricAID addresses the fabric waste problem by implementing a creative model that optimizes the fabric waste value chain through smart collection, management, need base distribution, innovative clothing bin system and social franchising. FabricAID generates a social and environmental impact by reducing fabric waste, increasing job creation, providing affordable clothing for vulnerable communities and ensuring the sustainability of NGOs in this sector. FabricAID collects clothes from NGOs, businesses, municipalities and academic institutions through organizing clothes drives and distributing smart collection bins, for every kilogram collected a partnering charity benefits from USD 0.5. The collected clothes are graded, sorted and cleaned to be sold at prices ranging between USD 0.33 and maximum USD 2 per item to marginalized communities through thrift shops and pop-up markets. Clothes inappropriate for reuse are shredded and used as stuffing in manufacturing pillows, mattresses and other fabric related material.
- FabricAID's sorting facility has the capacity of sorting 1,000 Kilograms of clothing per day
- In the past 6 weeks, FabricAID have sold around 10,000 clothing items to more than 1,400 beneficiaries for an average price below a 1$ per item
- FabricAID has been incubated by UNICEF and is now representing Lebanon as a finalist in 2 international competitions: Global Social Venture Competiton and MIT Arab Startup competition
- FabricAID established a clothes up-cycling project in partnership with Esmod Beirut (Fashion School) and Sawa (NGO) engaging 46 fashion design student, 6 underprivileged woman refugee tailors working on redesigning more than 300 clothing items
- FabricAID is now distributing Outdoor Smart Clothes Collection Bins to facilitate clothes donations at academic institutions, large companies and municipalities
Omar Itani, General Manager of FabricAid
Without your network, facilitation and introductions it would have not been possible. As you know as a starting social enterprise connecting to big corporates is crucial for our growth yet very hard to achieve since we lack the network and know-how. Your network facilitation and mentoring are yielding us with many benefits and for that FabricAID's teams thank you a lot.
Zeina Saab, Co-Founder of SE Factory
We had the wonderful opportunity to present SE Factory at the LIFE Global Business Summit last December 2017. As a result of that event, LIFE became more involved in supporting us in a number of different ways, including actively introducing us to several LIFE members for networking, fundraising and mentorship. This support has been so valuable to us and LIFE continues to be involved even as we plan to expand beyond Beirut. We thank LIFE for guiding us and advising us throughout this period as we transition into a financially sustainable social enterprise!