Difference Maker Leila Janah helps people in the developing world find work – near home

Samasource breaks down complicated data-processing projects into small steps that can be done remotely on PCs in countries like Ghana, Uganda, and Haiti.

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Leila Janah was only 17 years old when she took her first trip to Africa. As a high school senior living in southern California, she volunteered to teach English in Ghana as part of a student-volunteer program. She was sent to the village of Akuapem and quickly settled in with students from the area, ranging in age from 11 to 25. Many were blind.