Monday, August 16, 2010

Craft Silicon Foundation.....Fighting Poverty with Passion and Technology

At the recently launched Akishika Project, We had a chance to interact with Priya, CEO and founder of Craft Silicon Foundation.

The Craft Silicon Foundation's aim is to provide free computer aid to youth and children in the slums. Priya spoke of encouraging and equipping women with the necessary tools to fight poverty. She also encouraged women to look at technology through women's eyes. She believes that if we empower women, then families will flourish, leading to stronger communities and eventually a successful nation.

Of interest is the Craft Silicon Foundation Bus which is computer-fitted and solar powered. The bus has been fitted with 12 computer monitors and is able to harness solar energy at no extra cost. There are 3 Servers each running 4 monitor screens, in total the 12 monitor screens are effectively powered. It is also fitted with education courseware, Internet connectivity, printers and scanners

The bus is used to offer mobile ICT services to the poor students in the country. The bus goes round to slums (Kibera, Kawangware, Kangemi, Mathare, Huruma, and Mukuru kwa Nyayo) everyday and teaches students about computers and the internet.

The lessons are tailored for girls aged between 9 and 13, and youth aged between 18 and 24. Classes are in three sessions – mornings, mid-morning, and evening. Each class has 36 students. A full course takes three months, and there are four intakes a year. Over 500 students have graduated in a one year period, most of whom have gained employment with others pursuing Information Technology.


  1. This is clearly taking technology to the people. A down-up intake of IT will benefit everyone. You should consider having another one for other Kenyan regions since you have proven that you can do it. But only if the gvt provides the funding and stays away from its implementation. If they interfere, tell them to keep their cash.

    Congratulations and keep the good job flowing.

  2. When are the 4 intakes per year? How are the students chosen? Its really free?? How do I get my Kibera Girls Soccer Academy girls involved?

  3. Craft Silicon Foundation generally works with the DO's office and get a CV of all the interested candidates. Our staff then selects the students based on various criteria like gender, age, attitude, etc. The education is provided completely free. Once they pass, they are given a certificate. Put email to for more details.

  4. This is definitely the wave of the future!

    Merlen Hogg