Lebanon's first impact sourcing platform, bridging the gap between trained youth and employers

Facts & Figures
Read more  
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Alfanar Investee Since: 2019
  • Total Alfanar Investment: $40,000
  • Social Impact: 152 disadvantaged youth trained and linked to job opportunities
  • Website: http://letsbot.io/

The Challenge

Lebanon has one of the highest youth unemployment rates, both regionally and globally, at 40%. Current educational approaches fail to provide Lebanese youths with the skills they need to compete in the modern jobs market and unskilled youth struggle to find employment in a crowded labour market. Many female youth do not enter the labour force at all, or leave early and become economically inactive.

Alongside this challenge, many organisations lack the ability or resources to carry out time-intensive, repetitive tasks, such as data management, e-commerce listing, transcribing, translation, on-site surveys, scanning, archiving, and AI training. It is more cost effective and convenient for these companies to outsource, and freelance work is one of the fastest growing sectors in Lebanon and one with a high potential to employ a greater number of Lebanese youth.

The Organisation

As Lebanon’s first impact sourcing platform, B.O.T uses market intelligence and technology to provide managed physical and remote freelance work opportunities to unemployed youth and women from vulnerable communities. B.O.T. connects these skilled and newly trained digital freelancers with clients in need of outsourced human resources to carry out time-intensive digital tasks, and in so doing provides income generating opportunities in freelance digital work.

B.O.T.’s workforce includes hundreds of qualified and digitally trained youth (men, women, and people with special needs) from marginalized communities across Lebanon. Many of B.O.T’s beneficiaries were trained through their sister company, DOT Lebanon, which developed B.O.T as an impact sourcing platform to bridge the gap between trained youth and employers.

In their first year of operation, B.O.T provided 152 youths across Lebanon with income generating opportunities, collectively working on 52 projects and earning $54K of revenue. B.O.T is committed to supporting women in particular and actively targets people with special needs. B.O.T has secured full-time employment for more than 15 youths so far, for organisations such as the mobile telecommunications operator, touch, and Alfanar’s investee, Fabricaid.

Alfanar's Investment: Looking Ahead

Alfanar’s pilot investment will aim to strengthen B.O.T’s impact monitoring and evaluation as well as their business plan and business development opportunities. More specifically, Alfanar will support B.O.T in enhancing their youth appraisal system, workforce management tools and impact measurement, while conducting a study on regional and international expansion.