In developing countries, poverty is a crushing reality for unemployed and underemployed young adults. But Digital Divide Data helps young men and women build sustainable careers through technology training, scholarships, and well-paying jobs. Their graduates typically earn three to four times the average local wage.
Digital Divide Data (DDD) offers high-quality, web-based digital services to corporate and public sector clients. To build its workforce, the organization recruits, trains, and employs young adults from impoverished families. Workers not only transform their own lives, but help lift their families out of poverty and become role models in their communities.
Product grants of equipment and financial support from Cisco have helped Digital Divide Data replicate its impact sourcing model and reach more beneficiaries.
US$175,000 increase in lifetime earnings for program employees
90% of participants retain jobs and advance their careers
50% of employees are women
“When I look back at my dream today, I see that DDD not only taught me to be a businesswoman, but also a good and strong person.”Phabphada Dokbouathong, DDD Laos graduate 2008, DDD Operations Director
Cisco and the Cisco Foundation partner with innovative nonprofits to deliver transformative, tech-driven solutions for economic empowerment, education, and crisis response, which includes shelter, water, food, and disaster relief.