SOMO identifies, trains, funds and mentors entrepreneurs looking to
drive social change by building enterprises in their own low-income
Zegem supplies is founded by Ruth, who started the company that deals with production and supply of cleaning detergents such as multipurpose liquid soap, toilet cleaner, bleach, handwash among others. These detergents are sold to people in low-income urban communities at very affordable prices. She intends to scale her business.
Somo’s mission is to identify, train, fund and mentor entrepreneurs looking to drive social change by building enterprises in their own low-income urban communities.
The Somo Project was started to invest in social entrepreneurs committed to changing their own under-resourced communities, and to provide the necessary training and tools they need to succeed. In Swahili, somo means “to learn lessons.” We called the organization the Somo Project because we believe that talented and visionary entrepreneurs exist, specifically in areas of high-poverty — but their lessons and learnings are overlooked in development initiatives. We identify people with intimate knowledge of their communities and the relevant social context to address problems such as sanitation, nutrition, job training, and education. Somo partners with people to find their own solutions rather than dictating what their communities need.