Our journey started in 2013 during our Master's in Social Entrepreneurship program at Hult International Business School, in San Francisco, California. During our last semester, we completed a 6-week Action Project in Kenya in Africa. The challenge was to develop a business model that would use mobile technolgy to decrease maternal and infant death in rural areas.
During our field trip to Kenya, we witnessed the livelihood of teenagers in rural Kenya.
There we met John, a very curious boy that lived in the village of Makindu located in Makueni county.
John is an ophan who took great interest in our project and explained how he was studying mechanics when he wasn’t in school to better prepare for his future.Through his passion, energy and knowledge of everything that was happening in his community, we realized that we were not the answer, the community members were. A business model that came from these people would be that much more effective and have that much more impact if it came from within the community and included them as effective agents of change.
Upon returning to San Francisco, we asked ourselves a question :
How can we improve their lives sustainably, not just by alleviating poverty but by giving them the tools and knowledge to create their own solutions and work towards prosperity?
And so, Tunnel Lab was born...
Julia decided to come back to Brazil , her birth country, to start the projet in Rio de Janeiro with teenagers from Favelas in 2014.