Helping disadvantaged people learn decidedly new-age skills

Sama’s mission is to expand opportunities for low-income individuals through the digital economy. Sama delivers high-quality training data and validation for technology teams worldwide. Sama trains disadvantaged young people who are un- or underemployed (age 15-25) from low- income areas in Kenya and Uganda, in basic computer skills and gives them full time jobs paying a local living wage for their labor. Additionally, Sama provides health education, professional skills development, and scholarship programs to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Sama validated its impact with a ‘gold standard’ RTC in 2021. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) finalized a 3-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) study. The report shows a.o. that Sama has lifted more than 55,000 people out of poverty. More about Sama’s RCT.

For Sama we track the following impact target:

  • New impact agents employed; the cumulative number of jobs created (full-time equivalent) in low-income areas, among disadvantaged groups.

This target links to Sustainable Development Goal 8