The ygap Story

ygap understands that people living in communities affected by poverty or disadvantage are best placed to understand the unique challenges of that community, and how best to direct change. We also believe strongly in the power of entrepreneurship as a tool for locally-led development. These two key principles are what drives the work that we do.

ygap programs are designed to accelerate the potential of locally-led business by combining economic empowerment with community development. ygap’s programs support local entrepreneurs who have shown the drive, talent and conviction to create change in their own communities through social impact ventures. 

The role ygap plays is to support the growth of these entrepreneurs and their ventures through our unique model of development. Our program is structured around four key needs for early-stage impact ventures: capacity-building of leadership team, tailored operational and strategic business support, providing access to networks, and access to funding.

The roots of ygap are steeped in innovation, entrepreneurship and a determination for change. We’ve created multi-million dollar fundraising and advocacy campaigns, started and grown numerous impact ventures ourselves and have cultivated meaningful partnerships to fund our work. 

In turn, we’ve run over 40 programs that have supported over 500 ventures. These ventures have gone on to provide opportunities for over a million people affected by disadvantage to break the poverty cycle. 

ygap was started in 2008 by a team of young and enthusiastic volunteers, and has since matured into a high impact international organisation driven by its work.  

Our Alignment with the UN SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilize global efforts around a common set of goals and targets.

The SDGs call for worldwide action among governments, business and civil society to end poverty and create a life of dignity and opportunity for all, within the boundaries of the planet.

Unlike their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs explicitly call on all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solve sustainable development challenges.

We are committed to supporting the SDGs by finding local leaders around the world with solutions to local problems facing poverty, health, education, equality, food security, sustainability, safety and so on. Our role is to help refine, support and scale their solutions to ensure we contribute maximum social impact.

ygap and the SDGs

Meet the ygap Family

Meet the Team

ygap Leadership Team

ygap HQ

ygap Fundraising

ygap Kenya

ygap South Africa

ygap Bangaldesh

ygap First Gens

ygap Pacific Islands

yher Africa

WAWERU KURIA Providing emergency cash to low income earners Meet Waweru SILHE TSHABALA Helping vulnerable youth leapfrog into the digital age Meet Silhe BETH KOIGI Producing affordable water filters for all Kenyans Meet Beth PAUL TALLIARD Upcycling goods and lives in Capetown Meet Paul PEGGY MATIVO Providing a quality education in Kenya Meet Peggy ARJUN KHOOSAL A web-based platform to help local tradesmen Meet Arjun SAID TWAHIR Producing sustainable cooking briquettes Meet Said