Now in its fourth year, World Challenge 08 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge 08 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference.
It’s estimated that at least half the population of Nairobi live in slums. The children of the slums flock to the city’s markets to search for food among their waste. Shariffa Keshavjee and other customers set up the Hawkers Market Girls Centre to give at least some slum children the chance of a better life. The Centre offers vocational training in professions such as hair dressing and tailoring, as well as classes in life skills such as computer literacy and basic healthcare. Each year up to forty girls are either employed or set up in business with assistance from the project.
The Hawkers Market Girls Centre Project has been selected as one of the Finalists for World Challenge 2008. Visit the website for further details about World Challenge 08 and its finalists.
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