Associated case studies:
Hon. Michael Onyango
Project owner/Host organisation:
Hon. Michael Onyango (founder of 4BM)
Host organisation type:
Host organisation country/countries:
Project objective categories:
Crowdsourced data collection, Open data platforms, Public input and engagement platforms, Youth employment opportunities, capacity development, digital skills transfer
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4BM – The Forgotten Bottomllions
Post Status: Active
Initiative recipient country/countries: Kenya
Initiative dates: 2015 –
Last updated: 9 Dec 2022
4BM is a social enterprise dedicated to providing free, access to social-economic opportunities and resources to vulnerable, poor African youth regardless of their background, education level or social-economic status. The organisation has a mission and vision of ensuring access to opportunities for growth for ‘Everyone’ and creating a network of human resources able to work together to give rise to a continent of producers, not just consumers. 4BM's objectives revolve around an empowerment program designed to provide young people access to a broad range of opportunities through a digital medium that is accessible to them from any location in Africa. The program facilitates opportunities that range from scholarships, fellowships, grants, and job opportunities.
4BM started in 2015 as an initiative with one WhatsApp group, to enable those in marginalised groups in Kisumu to have access to social-economic opportunities locally and globally. It has now scaled up in the past five years, ensuring thousands of livelihoods across all 47 +1 counties in Kenya, This is a community of more than 150 volunteers who through WhatsApp share daily opportunities with thousands of the 4BM platforms for free.
Today, this initiative has created a network of young empowered youths through WhatsApp Admins who have benefited from free social economic opportunities (Jobs, fully funded scholarships, Grants, Fellowships, training and career development) and built trust among the stakeholders in the community. The 4BM initiative continues to grow and based on its success holds promise for youth development, training, networking and advocacy, opening up opportunities to both international and local employment and educational resources.