In 2008, Janah founded Samasource, a social business based in San Francisco that connects people living in poverty to work via the Internet. Samasource provides work to poor women and youth in East Africa, South Asia and Haiti through microwork, a model Janah’s team developed to break down data projects into small tasks. In parallel, Samasource offers high-quality data services to enterprise customers including LinkedIn, eBay, Walmart.com, and the US State Department. To date, Samasource has paid and trained over 4,000 women and youth in nine countries and disbursed $4M in wages. The company’s board and management team includes experts in the fields of technology, distributed work, and economic development. The organization has been featured widely in the press and received the 2012 Innovation Award from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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