Our scholarship program provides Samasource team members with an opportunity to apply for funding to cover educational costs. Going back to school is a great way to help our team members pursue their career aspirations and fulfill their goals. The scholarship cycle runs twice per year. Our latest winners are studying International Relations, Business Administration, and Systems Administration.
For many of our team members, working at Samasource opens up new financial and social worlds. To aid in skills development we provide education to introduce financial literacy concepts to improve financial security, health and wellness trainings to help workers building healthy lifestyles and manage stress, and mentorship programs to build leaders from within.
The Sama Cup is Samasource' biggest annual event which attracts over 3000 guests from across Kenya, Uganda and the US. The event is a full day sports session with multiple games from soccer, to volleyball, to athletics, to Rugby, to extra games for the whole family. It is the one time when all our teams from different countries, working across all shifts are in the same place, at the same time. The event is a display of our core mission to level the playing field. Not only is it a cultural expression, but an opportunity for the teams to show how proud they are to be part of one organization and brand, despite being from different backgrounds. At the end of the day, bonds are created, and this steers forward workplace collegiality like never seen before.
The Give Work Challenge is a social business plan competition for Samasource workers and alumni in East Africa. The program identifies the best business ventures to receive funding and mentorship by Samasource staff, donors, and board members. The goal of the program is to grow social business in the region and further the follow-on job opportunities for our community of workers and alumni.
For the past decade, we build an incredibly strong foundation and infused impact into everything we do. This year, we're expanding our impact charter to embrace environmental programs. Our first step is to incorporate green building practices into all new Samasource build outs. In tandem, we're rolling out a new sustainability strategy, which includes understanding our footprint and purchasing practices.
-Liliosa Muturi, Marketing and Impact Manager, Samasource