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3rd Annual Give work Gala
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Join Samasource for our third annual Give Work Gala on November 4th at Mezzanine in San Francisco focused on our efforts to bring work to thousands of women around the world.
Over 300 of the Bay Area’s brightest entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and technology leaders will come together for a black-tie live auction and dinner in support of Samasource’s mission.
Sponsored by Cartier, the gala is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheryl Wudunn, with Baratunde Thurston, The Onion‘s Director of Digital, serving as MC. Tickets for the auction and headliner performance are nearly sold out, so secure yours now.
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Million Dollar Milestone
At Samasource we celebrate paying workers, so we popped open the (inexpensive) champagne when we sent our one-millionth dollar in worker payments to the field this summer.
We’ve now impacted over 6,000 people in 9 countries with income from the world’s leading tech companies through a model that’s sustainable and efficient — all our worker payments come directly from our client contracts. Instead of sending donations to the field, fundraising dollars go to start-up expenses, like scaling our technology infrastructure.
Since January, monthly client revenues have doubled with long-term contracts with Fortune 100 clients.
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Meet the New Samasource.org
We launched a hipper, fresher Samasource site with updated information about our services, story, and company, as well as recent photos and videos from site visits to Kenya, India, and Haiti. Check out the site.
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Samasource in the News
If you haven’t caught up on the latest Samanews, check out our coverage in Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Elle. You can also watch our recent presentations at LinkedIn, Clinton Global Initiative, Android Open, and Big Omaha.
Samasource also is excited to announce a $300,000 commitment from the Schmidt Family Foundation. The Schmidt Family Foundation will support Samasource’s expansion plans to empower even more women and youth living in poverty through Internet-based work.
In September, Samasource announced our Clinton Global Initiative commitment to SamaUSA, our first foray into the US. SamaUSA will be our pilot of technology training seminars designed to boost incomes in urban and rural poor communities. We are actively exploring funding partnerships and options to directly link program trainees to leading technology companies.
Notes from the Field: Kenya
It’s my last day in Kenya. I am outside the squat Nairobi airport terminal with my luggage, soaking up the last few rays of the sub-saharan sun.
A young student in uniform approaches me – unguarded friendliness I have grown accustomed to in these two weeks ago. Extending his hand, he introduces himself as Kennedy. Seventeen and in high school, he wants to be a computer engineer. Undaunted by the obstacles of living in the third world, Kennedy routinely goes to his local cyber – or internet café – to download and tinker with software from Softpedia.
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