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LivelyHoods is a young, dynamic social enterprise that works relentlessly to create livelihoods for youth and women in urban slums. Over the past five years we have built a sales network that trains and employs youth and women to sell life-improving goods, particularly solar powered lamps and improved clean cookstoves, in underserved, high-density, low income (slum) communities. To date, LivelyHoods has employed over 1,300 youth and women sales representatives who have sold over 23,000 products through branches in their communities throughout Kenya. Sales agents make an impact in their community, earn a livelihood, and gain employable skills that increase their lifetime earning potential.

After an initial training, LivelyHoods provides unemployed youth and women with products to sell, earning a commission on each product sold, and receiving ongoing training and support to maximise their empowerment as a professional sales person, and their earning potential.

The environment LivelyHoods works in is dynamic as our customer needs and context change fast. We constantly bring new products to our communities, which means we have to develop the market in creative ways. We have been recognized with awards and fellowships for social innovation and have been profiled by media outlets like the Guardian, Fast Company, and PBS.

Over our first six years, LivelyHoods has grown to 10 local branches in towns across Kenya and 27 staff. We are currently selling approximately 10,000 products per year. By 2020 we project to sell 30,000 products per year across 30 branches in East Africa, creating over 5,000 job and training opportunities.

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