Want to end poverty for good?
Samasource and LXMI founder and entrepreneur Leila Janah has a solution — give work, not aid.
“Living-wage digital work targeted to the world’s poorest people is a transformational force for good. Leila’s pioneering work in this realm is as instructive as it is inspiring. An essential read!”
— Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn; coauthor of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age
“An audacious, inspiring, and practical book. Leila shows how it’s possible to build a successful business that lifts people out of poverty — not by giving them money but by giving them work. It’s required reading for anyone who’s passionate about solving real problems.”
— Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals; coauthor (with Sheryl Sandberg) of Option B
“Leila Janah’s new book is a call to action to focus on the poor not as passive recipients waiting for charity but as full human beings wanting to solve their own problems. She reminds us through powerful examples that we can all do more to enable human flourishing. And so we must.”
— Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen
Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle in abject poverty. Yet the world’s richest countries continue to send money – mostly to governments – targeting the symptoms, rather than the root causes of poverty. We need a better solution.
In Give Work, Leila Janah offers a much-needed solution to solving poverty: redirect aid money to social enterprises that give dignified, steady, fair-wage work to low-income people, and incentivize big companies to choose suppliers that use this model. Her social business, Samasource, connects people living below the poverty line – on roughly $2 a day – to digital work for major tech companies. To date, the organization has provided over $10 million in direct income to tens of thousands of people the world had written off, dramatically altering the trajectory of their entire communities, for the better.
Janah and her team go into the world’s poorest regions – from refugee camps in Kenya to the Mississippi Delta in Arkansas – and train people to do simple digital work for companies like Google, Walmart, and Microsoft. Janah has tested various Give Work business models in all corners of the world. She shares the poignant stories of many who have benefited from Samasource’s work, and importantly, where the intervention hasn’t worked, and offers a blueprint to fight poverty with an evidence-based, economically sustainable model.