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Waves of Change

We train underprivileged youth into world-class software developers

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Onja

Pronounced Oon-za

Onja means ‘waves’ in Malagasy.

INNOVATIVE MODEL

We are a social enterprise

Onja is a social enterprise training underprivileged youth into world-class software developers.

We find the brightest students in Madagascar who can’t afford to continue their education, and train them in English language and software development. After just two-and-a-half years they are ready to work as remote front-end software developers in international tech teams.

Once in a job, our developers earn a good salary that helps them support their families and pay forward the opportunity to a new wave of students. They unlock exciting careers that fulfil their potential, and accelerate the development of their nation.

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Our Way

Driving Change

The Need

Madagascar is the 6th poorest country in the world, which presents a lot of challenges to its potential: 

  • 80% of people live below the international poverty line 
  • 61% of population live in rural areas making access to decent education difficult
  • The Malagasy population is very young with limited economic prospects
  • Decades of foreign aid and development projects have done little to develop Madagascar, sometimes doing more harm than good.

The Untapped Talent

What Makes us Different

Our Way

Driving Change

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Madagascar is the 6th poorest country in the world, which presents a lot of challenges to its potential: 

  • 80% of people live below the international poverty line 
  • 61% of population live in rural areas making access to decent education difficult
  • The Malagasy population is very young with limited economic prospects
  • Decades of foreign aid and development projects have done little to develop Madagascar, sometimes doing more harm than good.

OUR SUCCESS

Stories of Change

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OUR SUCCESS

Stories of Change

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Before I was invited to join Onja, my vision for the future was just to get any job I could and support my family. Now, I really like working as a developer because coding allows me to solve complex problems and learn new skills.

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OUR PEOPLE

A skilled and passionate team

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OUR PARTNERS

Onja's self-funding model is accelerated by our partners, who provide support like additional growth capital to help us scale our work/impact.

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  • Developer Experience: Minimum 1-2 years
  • Tech Stack: Front-End React Developers
  • Language Skills: Fully English speaking
  • Contract Length: Full time, +6 months preferred
  • Risk Free: 3 month trial, 7 day notice period
  • Intercultural Experience: Working across US and Europe

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