In September 2018, Mohammed — then a high school student in war-torn Sana'a, Yemen — reached out to two of Arist's co-founders explaining the dire educational situation in Yemen. We became deeply inspired by Mohammed's activism and passion for learning, and realized that we needed to do something to help.
We began exploring ways to teach entrepreneurship to teens in a conflict zone halfway around the world. A few obstacles stood in the way: because of international embargoes, sending books to Yemen was impossible. Furthermore, only 30% of students in Yemen had stable access to the internet.
Nearly every student, however, had access to text messages. We quickly realized the power of text message education, both domestically and in distant war zones. Today, Arist has delivered over 50,000 courses globally (and counting), with clients including some of the world's leading Fortune 500 companies, governments, and nonprofits. Read a profile of our impact work in NPR.
Arist is a social enterprise. For every client that we work with, we actively subsidize platform access for nonprofits in need.
We partner with non-profits and community leaders around the world to identify their needs.
Arist works with professors, thought leaders, and professionals to create text message courses.
We deliver courses to students and volunteers in need via SMS, WhatsApp, or Facebook.
If you are a socially-driven organization looking to teach, train, or upskill students and volunteers, schedule some time with us. We'd love to support your work.
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