About Us

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.

What We Care About

Our Values

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Love

We believe that love is the fuel to all good deeds and the essence to life itself. Love lets us put our mission before ourselves and have a meaningful impact that will burn bright long after we are gone.

This doesn’t mean love is always easy, and we know that love sometimes looks like making difficult decisions. But we try to have love in everything we do.

Diligence

Our common goal is to help underprivileged youth to get the same opportunities we had, so we work hard and we don’t give up, even when things can seem impossible.

Integrity

Togetherness

Humility

Gratitude

Respect for Malagasy culture and values

Business excellence

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What We Care About

Our Values

We believe that love is the fuel to all good deeds and the essence to life itself. Love lets us put our mission before ourselves and have a meaningful impact that will burn bright long after we are gone.

This doesn’t mean love is always easy, and we know that love sometimes looks like making difficult decisions. But we try to have love in everything we do.

OUR SUCCESS

Stories of Change

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OUR SUCCESS

Stories of Change

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When the offer came to study at Onja, I had an opportunity to keep studying, find work, and help pay for the education of my siblings. I learned English and Software development which has enabled me to work remotely and communicate well with international teams. Now, my vision is to help other young people like me in the future.

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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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