Ifrah founded Supermom which addresses issues caused by the high level of poverty in her community where over half of its population lives below the poverty line. Many opportunities for viable economic growth in her community are hindered as a result of the inapt infrastructure and the socio-economic disconnect that exist; causing essentials products like pharmaceuticals and solar technology either to not reach the intended consumers, and if they do, are overpriced or of substandard quality. In order to close the gap that exists, Ifrah is redefining last-mile distribution in her community by empowering unemployed and underemployed women to create a door-to-door distribution network. This increases access to quality essential products among low-income earners at affordable prices while providing employment opportunities for many.
As the CEO of Supermom, Ifrah leads marketing and operations, employs four people, and has recruited 20 supermoms into her network. So far, the average income of their participating mothers have doubled, have gotten significant media attention, and Ifrah was selected as an Echoing-green semi-finalist.
Ifrah grew up in a community where women were not encouraged to be economically active, typically sidelined as housewives. It was commonplace to have women who were not empowered. Recently, Ifrah’s mother passed away. Losing someone so dear to her heart was difficult this inspired her to to change the lives of women in her community by empowering mothers.
By creating a platform that links the supermoms to the business opportunities, Ifrah plans on training and empowering over 2000 women in the next two years, doubling their incomes to benefit their friends and families.
Ifrah says, “…by empowering unemployed and underemployed women in communities to create a door-to-door distribution network, we can take advantage of economic opportunities to achieve higher incomes and better livelihoods.”
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Meet Ifrah Arab Mohamed, Ye! Ambassador for Kenya.
Ifrah Mohamed Arab is a young and vibrant person who believes that those closest to the problem are the closest to the solution. She is a highly energetic, adventurous and enthusiastic individual, with a range of entrepreneurial experience and passion.
Supermom taps into this network of unemployed and marginalized women and through basic financial training turns them into a sales force that distributes fast-moving consumer goods within their communities.
Ifrah Arab is only 20 years old, but she is on a mission to alleviate poverty and inspire more women much older than herself into enterprise. Through this effort, Ifrah was a 2016 Anzisha Prize finalist and a 2016 Echoing Green semifinalist quite a mean feat.
The Emerging Leaders Initiative brought together the next generation of social entrepreneurs from around the world. Selected and supported in partnership by the Skoll Foundation and The Mastercard Foundation, the Emerging Leaders represent the great potential and passion existing in social entrepreneurship’s future leaders, addressing a wide range of issues like energy access in sub-Saharan Africa and the links between corruption and natural resource exploitation.
Earlier this year, ANZISHA opened the call for entrepreneurs beyond 22 who are driving change in Africa through innovation. The contest which is organized by African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation saw growing number of applications from over 500 entrepreneurs from 32 nations in Africa.