01 No poverty04 Quality Education08 Decent work and economic growth
  • Original Title: LaborHack
  • Year: 2022
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Inclusion & Empowerment
  • Producer: Oare Ehiemua-Ochui, Patrick Oladimeji, Ashiwel Ochui
  • Country: Nigeria
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LaborHack: Building the new economy for artisans


Local skilled construction artisans (plumbers, carpenters, masons, etc.) have difficulty proving their value to customers. This is as a result of a lack of recognised certification.


This has caused a broken labor marketplace with frustration and financial loss for companies and tradespeople.


As a result, artisans are often underpaid for their services and lack access to benefits that can provide a safety net for themselves and their families.



Local certification is not well accepted by industry in Nigeria and the international certification is too expensive (~$500/certificate). LaborHack is bridging this gap by providing access to affordable certification (~$20/certificate) benchmarked against UK City & Guilds and UK ECITB.


Certified artisans are trained and matched to projects through an online marketplace. They are also linked to benefits including micro health insurance and micro credit to purchase work tools and safety gear.