“Firstport is a great source of informational and financial resources for social enterprises such as Networks4Learning, and continues to inspire and encourage the growth of our business and social impact program.” - Njiraini Nganga, Networks4Learning entrepreneur.
Networks4Learning is a technology refurbishment business, aiming to provide jobs and training to vulnerable young individuals from underprivileged households in Glasgow, particularly those from BME communities. Entrepreneur Njiraini Nganga hopes to install the refurbished networking technology in schools and educational institutions in Kenya at an affordable price, tackling the lack of high-quality technology they’re normally priced out of.
Njiraini hopes that by doing this Networks4Learning will simultaneously address social issues in Glasgow and Sub-Saharan Africa, while reducing technological waste. The technical skills learnt in recycling the technology will equip the trainees well for the 21st century job market, whilst supporting education in East Africa.
Njiraini first came to Firstport to have 1-to-1 meetings with a business advisor, who helped him focus and refine the idea behind Networks4Learning, as well as explaining potential legal structures. Njiraini also attended seminars on business and operational skills which informed him on various skills and information required to run a business, as well as introducing him to fellow social entrepreneurs.
Networks4Learning also received two Firstport awards; a Start It award to help Njiraini get turn his idea into a social enterprise, and a further Build It award allowing him to grow the business and offer more training positions.
Njiraini has taken on his first staff to train, and hopes to grow Networks4Learning into a self-sustaining business within a year, growing the number of people it trains to meet demand.