Express Industrial Revolution.

we use online,smart phones,seminars and personal consultations to expand access to justice and inspire youth to deeds of labor and heroism.

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  • English

Organization name

Express Industrial Revolution

Year founded

2016

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City

Kampala

Location(s) of impact

Uganda: Rural Villages.

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/ExpressIndustrialRevolution/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/EIRevolution

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The Uganda’s Economic Update released by the World Bank today shows that the country currently with a shortfall of nearly $1.4 billion in financing per year, equivalent to 6.5 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Uganda needs to explore raising capital from the private sector to finance its infrastructure investments, which are the key to driving growth, creating jobs and reducing poverty. Property rights are guaranteed by law, but implementation of existing regulations lacks effectiveness and consistency.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Express Industrial Revolution uses innovative justice education programs to increase access to justice and law for young people in Uganda. Our approach to law and justice empowers youth to succeed in an entirely new way, instilling cultural pride and confidence & combating their overrepresentation in the justice system by making it more accessible. In the same way, our program also enhances cultural competency of all volunteer participants, and promotes respect for diversity in the communities.

Technology being the backbone of our approach to delivering legal assistance to the youth, It has provided us with the opportunity to use the available information and an environment where the youth can access legal information, aid, and support.

With our focus to increase youth innovations and end unemployment, we match youth innovations with volunteer lawyers to advise them on legal matters;especially on how to draft contracts,update articles or clarify rights in a commercial disputes

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

In a year, we have helped 87 youth to register their businesses and received nearly 450 legal service inquiries of which all were helped by a network of our young volunteer lawyers. Among our beneficiaries,We helped Fatuma Namutosi to register Byeffe foods;a company that adds value to pumpkins and mixes it with millet and soya flour.She is now formally established and helping her community in Mbale district to access nutritious food,empowering her community to grow pumpkins and providing market for pumpkins in her community.We also helped Rubabo Youth Association to formalize their Briquette making and fuel saving stoves business. These youth turns biodegradable wastes into briquettes and they are now doing well in promoting environmental conservation,creating jobs and improving household incomes in western Uganda.
We organized National Youth Festival where young people and focused stakeholders came together to share their aspirations, showcase their work and comment on policy issues

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

We shall sustain our organization on a membership program where individual members receive special privileges or benefits at different levels of giving and earn from companies that will offer to advertise with our monthly magazine.
So we estimate the percentage of our annual budget that comes from each source to be at 25 % from Individual donations or gifts, 10% grants, 15 % corporate contributions, 45% earned income and 5% other sources.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

We offer free legal advice and facilitate legal representation to youth of limited means. We also offer a free monthly magazine to those who can't access our services in person or online due to internet and space limitations.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

In 2015, I got an opportunity to participate in the national dialogue about youth unemployment problem which was attended by youth from all parts of Uganda. In this discussion, I realized that majority of youth were operating informally and always complained about difficulties in formalizing their business initiatives and higher taxes charged by revenue authority which was slighting their growth and limiting access credit facilities.
 
Since taxes are charged on profits, I started this social enterprise to help youth to formally register their business initiatives to enable them access support from financial institutions, gain access to organized market like supermarkets or export to neighboring countries which require to be legally registered and to be a tax compliant entity, help them gain credibility and attract investors and train them to keep books of accounts to determine taxes.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact

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Photo of Cintia Jaime

Dear Mutambi
Congratulations for your proposal, it is certainly very necessary the legal advice to formalize business initiatives. It would be very good if you share some concrete examples with beneficiaries of EIR generating outcomes in rural development.
Warm regards,
Cintia