I recently wrote a blog post asking for information on happy workplaces in Africa.
I got some great tips, showing that even in poor countries it’s still possible to be happy at work.
Now I can finally announce the reason why i ask. A company has been launched that has a simple but breath-taking goal: To eradicate poverty in Africa through business.
The company is called C4, and the idea is based on micro-financing ala Grameen Bank – with a focus on helping African businesses.
The idea is this:
- People in rich countries can create an account with C4 and put money into it.
- Africans can create accounts asking for investments.
- C4 account holders can decide which projects to invest in.
Note that you’re not giving the money as aid – you’re investing in a number of projects and can expect to get your money back with interest.
The advantages are clear:
- You get direct influence over which projects you support.
- Instead of giving aid, we’re helping people help themselves.
I know the people behind this, and I know their commitment, skill and energy will carry them on to great results. I have also been giving them a hand here and there :o)
Now they’re looking for the first group of people to start test-driving the site. They’re looking for 2,015 people to be specific (why that number? See if you can figure it out :o)
I urge you to sign up for this. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of something fun, that has the potential to make the world a better place.
I will certainly be participating, with a specific focus on spreading happiness at work in African businesses.