The Future of African Diaspora Funding with Jermaine Craig | Ep 6

Season #2

Today’s conversation is with Jermaine Craig, the founder of Kwanda, a funding platform that connects members of the African diaspora based in the UK and North America with grassroots projects in Africa that they can fund and support beyond cash. 

Now this isn't about charity in the traditional sense. In fact, it's a practical and authentic challenge to the status quo. Kwanda was set up to support entrepreneurs in Africa who are responding thoughtfully to the daily frictions in their lives. 

Jermaine's view is that traditional funders and non profits neither understand nor trust Africans to build and scale solutions to their problems, so they're not equipped to support these local entrepreneurs. This is where Kwanda comes in, investing in entrepreneurs in Africa and telling the stories of their impact.

Some of the key points from my discussion with Jermaine include:

  • Jermaine speaks of the importance of shifting from traditional aid models to sustainable, community centred solutions that highlight local innovation 
  • the use of technology and automation to help in reducing time and increasing efficiency for tasks such as proposal generation and donor communications
  • Jermaines plans to expand Kwanda’s reach to new countries and a diverse range of projects

Kwanda is a brilliant, simple, and authentic concept, and I know you’ll enjoy listening to Jermaine share openly, the highs and lows of his own journey in social entrepreneurship.

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