SE Factory helps underprivileged Lebanese youth secure steady employment in coding work. 

Facts & Figures
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  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Alfanar Investee Since: 2016
  • Total Alfanar Investment: £30,500
  • Social Impact: 248 low-income Lebanese youths aged 21-25
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The Challenge

In Lebanon, youth from low-income backgrounds who study in public schools or low-tuition private/technical universities often graduate without the appropriate skills for successful employment.  In parallel, Lebanon’s tech sector suffers from a significant shortage of qualified talent, slowing the growth of Lebanon’s emerging tech ecosystem.

The Organisation

SE Factory is an intensive (10 hours per day) three-month coding bootcamp and job creation initiative which aims to improve the employability of underprivileged youth by facilitating their employment in the tech sector.  For those selected, SE Factory’s boot camp costs participants only $100, making it accessible to low-income applicants who would otherwise be excluded from alternative coding academies. Furthermore, 20% of SE Factory’s curriculum focuses on soft skills, building the interpersonal capabilities that are crucial to successful employment.

Achievements with Alfanar's Support

In the pilot year, Alfanar’s investment will focus on helping SE Factory scale its model to reach more marginalised youth outside Beirut and to diversify their revenue streams to ensure financial sustainability. We will also be providing technical assistance on impact measurement and on their scaling strategy.

Looking Ahead

The Genesis Charitable Trust is coordinating its support to SE Factory in line with Alfanar’s investment cycle to ensure complementarity and heightened results.