Every year the Franchise Times pulls together a list of peoples, trends and ideas that are potential game changers in the world we live in.
SPRING entrepreneur Galen Welsch occupies the number 6 spot, and top spot as entrepreneur, as the founder of Jibu – a pioneering social enterprise based in Kampala, Uganda, which provides clean water and sustainable business opportunities.
Part of SPRING’s inaugural cohort of entrepreneurs in East Africa, Jibu hires and trains girls and young women as micro-franchise owners. This work launches young women and girls into prominent positions of leadership and business ownership within their communities, while improving health and sanitation through the provision of safe drinking water.
Jibu has 17 franchises in Uganda and Rwanda, launching 2-3 each month, and is undertaking a pilot project in Kenya. There are currently 34 micro-franchises in Rwanda and 15 in Uganda. Through these networks, Jibu serves roughly 162,000 consumers across Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
Galen predicts an explosion in social franchising as “businesses are realizing the importance of making social impact a core to their missions”.