The first pilot program started on March 17, 2014. From the mosquito net to the internet was the name. The program's purpose provided computer training to rural women previously denied the opportunity to learn computers. Around one desk using two laptops, four women began their journey toward empowerment. These rural women had never touched a computer before that date. Wow, what an experience!

Technology is a passion for Tom Snyder, co-founder of Smartstainable and a most highly respected IT training leader. He used Camtasia products to create videos so they could listen to and understand his New York accent - even if they had to watch and listen four or five times. Dropbox, Skype, and email provided continual engagement with him and other volunteers.

The "original four" then shared something special with more women in the community - the feeling of change and empowerment through computer knowledge and know-how.

Who then shared it with more rural women in the community. They all participated in Skype calls with computer professionals globally and stirred an amazingly positive reaction from all involved. They formed a global community of empowerment.

From the help of trusted family, friends, and businesses around the world, our first years empowered many women and teenage girls through computer training. Our friends at Ventures for Good fiscally sponsored us until we became a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Thanks to colleagues at Liberty Mutual Insurance, the program improved by using Pluralsight's training.

"Learning programming is a great opportunity for a rural woman in Uganda. Imagine that Tom and Susan had not been there for me! Where was the chance? I'm now in the modern world, surrounded by computers and the internet. "

Women's empowerment guided by an empowered woman. "Great things happen when someone upgrades his and her knowledge. Since I joined this program, almost everything in my life changed. I can now even talk to people in different countries via Skype."

Empowerment over stigma

We opened our hearts and a program to help empower survivors and caretakers of Ebola in Liberia. "I never thought I could learn computer skills or other capacity building based on the stigmatization of Ebola. Today I am one of the beneficiaries of this program."



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