Zongo Innovation Lab for Girls

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Zongo Innovation Lab for Girls




Joseph Opoku is the co-founder of Zongo Innovation Lab for Girls, a social venture in the Nima slum of Accra, Ghana to introduce human-centered design and entrepreneurship skills in a single-sex environment that will help girls and young women build their economic capacity. He and his co-founders (three of whom are women) had been running a similar program in a co-ed environment and found that women could not stay enrolled because of family disapproval and social pressure; this new program is partnered with Achievers Ghana to help identify young women who will benefit from the program, provide them with training, and have them compete for small grants to help them launch entrepreneurial enterprises.