The Meaning of Global Opportunity
Earning a Living
Imagine that you're a construction worker in Mogotio, Kenya. Most days, you make $4 from 8 hours at work and spend $2 on food. At the end of the day, you spend some time online. An hour on WhatsApp and Facebook cost about 50¢.
When we say that there is global opportunity online, what we mean is that instead of making $4 per day working locally, you can make $8 per hour working online. The problem is that to be productive online, you need some fundamental skills.
46% of humanity was online in 2016, according to Our World in Data. That is a huge achievement, because it means 3.4 billion people were connected to the digital economy, in reach of global opportunities to make a living. But access is not always enough.
To earn a living online you need to learn how to use the latest technology. You need to have an email account and be responsive. You need to know which jobs are real and which are fake.
Unlocking Global Opportunity
TechLit Africa is focused on bringing rural Africa online through digital skills. We teach computer classes in primary schools, so that by the time students graduate they have the skills and confidence to take advantage of global opportunity.
In Mogotio, earning a living online means that you're earning more than you need to get by. It means that instead of financially depending on friends and family for help in a crisis, your friends and family financially depend on you. It means that you can invest in a home, running water and set up a bank account.
Rural Africa is coming online. TechLit Africa teaches kids digital skills so that when they are ready, they can uplift their communities through global opportunity.
About The Author
Tyler Cinnamon is a American programmer and entrepreneur. He started TechLit Africa with Nelly Cheboi in 2018 to disrupt poverty with used IT devices.