Project name: Sona Circle
Type: Early stage social enterprise
Refugee investment category: R3
SDGs addressed: 8, 10
Headquarters regions: Birmingham, UK
Summary: Sona Circle is the world’s first networking and recruitment app that connects refugees with their immediate surroundings, local opportunities and each other. Formed as a response to the global refugee crisis, Sona Circle connects refugees with potential employers and each other; enabling them to share their skills and gain employment to support their livelihoods. Sona Circle also created Sona Translate as the world's first translation services agency operated solely by refugees.
Potential refugee impact: Sona has already partnered with organizations such as ERASMUS+ and the Rights in Exile Program along with companies such as Starbucks and Deutsche Telekom to help refugees find suitable employment. They are also committed to creating 100 new jobs specifically for refugees in major cities. They hope to expand their network to include local government agencies as a means to provide additional employment opportunities. Currently the Sona Circle app has over 2,000 users in major cities around the world.
Investment thesis: With several established corporate partners and an expanding user base of refugee job seekers, Sona Circle has developed an innovative and effective platform to help solve the problem of refugee underemployment.
Structure: Founded by Onaseye Onabolu, Sona Circle is a dynamic social enterprise which aims to simultaneously help refugees connect with potential employers, government agencies, and each other to address issues of underemployment, service delivery, and social networking.