Maria Umar has a Master’s Degree from
Peshawar University, in the North-West
Frontier Province of Pakistan, currently
occupied by the Taliban.
Maria is smart, capable, and ready to
work – but, like many women in Northern
Pakistan, she cannot leave her home because
of her conservative family and the
dangerous political situation around her.
Jobita lives in Nairobi, Kenya, one of
the world’s poorest major cities. Though
he is a hard worker and has a high
school diploma and several certificates in
IT, he has a very hard time finding
work. Jobita has a physical disability
that prevents him from hearing clearly.
Nairobi has a 60% unemployment rate,
and many employers won’t hire people
Sama means “equal” in Sanskrit. We exist to
help bright but marginalized people in poor
regions find dignified jobs by expanding
their access to markets. Our method has
three parts: we screen and select high-
potential individuals and small businesses in
poor communities, train them, and market
their services to global clients through our
website and sales team.
During our pilot in Kenya, with only $35,000 in funding, we trained
more than 250 people and found over $125,000 worth of work for six
promising small businesses specializing in data entry, transcription,
virtual assistance, and software coding and testing. The microenterprises
we help are locally-owned and employ people from disadvantaged
groups, including women, the poor, ethnic and religious minorities, and
physically disabled people.
Initial funding Earned
with an all- for small Kenyan
volunteer staff businesses
How you can help
Maria is now in training to do virtual assistance and content writing for a US
client. She is forming her own virtual company with other women in Pakistan
who wish to market their services through Samasource.
Jobita landed a job at a Samasource partner in Nairobi that employs him to
proofread documents, a skill he has perfected thanks to his excellent eye for
detail. He participates in training and enrichment activities with other recent
To keep going, we need your help.
We are raising $350,000 in the next four months to scale our efforts in East Africa
and reach more microenterprises around the continent. To be part of the solution,
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