We’re very proud that 2 of our SPRING Cohort 1 participants Jibu and Kidogo and have been selected in the 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30 list from Forbes. The prize recognises outstanding social entrepreneurs across the globe who are using innovation and business as a force for good. Selected among 800 nominees, Jibu and Kidogo are representing the new generation of entrepreneurs bringing change in 2017. Congratulations!
Created and led by Afzal and Sabrina-Natasha Habib, Kidogo relieves the burden of childcare on young mothers by improving access to high-quality, affordable, early childhood care and education in East Africa’s urban slums. Childcare often restricts young working mothers from reaching their full potential and forces girls out of school to care for younger siblings. Kidogo use a ‘hub and spoke’ approach in which best practices childhood centres (the hubs) provide childcare and preschool services. The hubs also serve as model for the ‘spokes’, which are childcare micro-businesses run by local women as part of the social franchising programme.
Jibu finances and trains young people in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, to run their own social franchises aimed at making clean drinking water available to their local communities. Galen Welsch founded Jibu with his father in 2012, and with more than $5million in funding, has since launched more than 140 franchises, created jobs for over 400 people and distributing over 13 millions gallons of water. Through SPRING, they piloted a “women under 25 programme”, where they will specifically target and engage young women to be part of their franchisee networks.