Edinburgh-based Network provider Commsworld is providing six globetrotting volunteers with state-of-the-art smartphones to document their experiences abroad. The young adults, who have travelled to Africa thanks to funding from the profits of Ginerosity, the ‘world’s first social enterprise gin’, will use the handsets to produce weekly video diaries and build up a portfolio of pictures. The phones will also grant them access to local 4G networks in any country they visit.
Ricky Nicol, CEO at Commsworld, said: “Commsworld is really excited to be supporting Ginerosity with this project, and glad we can do our bit to keep the candidates well connected while abroad. As a growing company Commsworld is always keen to develop young talent and see those individuals flourish in the workplace.
The Ginerosity project will bring a whole new set of skills and experiences to its lucky candidates. I’ll be following their careers with great interest.”
With funding from Ginerosity, the volunteers have made trips to Ghana, Zambia, Uganda, and Rwandaalongside Edinburgh-based charity Challenges Worldwide, working with young people in SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Aimed at growing local economies and providing vocational training, the 10-week programme enables the young people to develop key business skills and undertake the coursework for an industry recognised qualification, while also enabling the businesses to access social investment.
Eoghan Mackie, CEO of Challenges Worldwide, said: “Thank you Commsworld for providing smartphones to our business support associate volunteers in Africa. We champion technology as a core element to enable us to deliver faster, cheaper and easier results for high potential and high impact small to medium enterprises. Better internet access will make it easier to leverage our cloud knowledge platform and remote experts, meaning the businesses get more value from us at point of delivery.”
Marcus Pickering, co-founder of Ginerosity, added: “The support from Commsworld has been very generous, and has been a great boost to the six young adults who have received Ginerosity funding, raised through the sale of our social enterprise gin. It’s another great example of individuals and businesses making a positive difference.”