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Co-Founder & CEO
Kidogo Early Years
"Some people say the sky is the limit... I wonder why you would ever limit yourself by the sky?"
Born and raised in Canada to parents from Tanzania & Pakistan. Studied international business & social entrepreneurship at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Joined the Boston Consulting Group as a Management Consultant advising Fortune 500 companies in telecommunications, financial services, consumer goods & education industries. Took a leave of absence to work for the Acumen Fund in Nairobi, Kenya building a pipeline of impact investments in East Africa. Also consulted CARE International on a dairy value chain project in Bangladesh funded by the Gates Foundation.
Recently left his 6-figure consulting job in Toronto, to run Kidogo Early Years, a start-up social enterprise focused on improving access to high-quality, affordable early childhood care & education in urban slums. Also serves as an advisor to other start-up social enterprises including Karibu Solar Power brining the rigour & analytics from the private sector to social ventures in the developing world.
A 'business-in-a-box' that helps women in Kenya launch their own in-home childcare business – providing a safe space for children in the community and steady employment for young mothers.
[Summary by the Amplify Team]
Mama's living in urban slums are often unable to join the workforce because they are forced to stay at home with their young (pre-school age) children. By improving access to high-quality, affordable early childhood care & education in East Africa's
Such a cool idea! Congratulations on being selected as a Top Idea! We'd love to stay in touch to see how your project progresses and would be willing to pilot some of your toy inventions in our Kidogo Early Childhood Centres!
Congratulations team Jhpiego! Great to see your emphasis on Kenya's urban slums where we believe child development is significantly compromised due to safety, lack of infrastructure, and challenges with social issues.
Let us know if there is any help / support you might require from me and the team here at Kidogo (www.kidogo.co) as we work with similar communities in Nairobi. Perhaps we could be a collaborator in designing / delivering certain sessions with the young teen mothers groups, or that you could even pilot some of your trainings with our parents who have enrolled children in our programs @Kibera and @Kangemi!
Feel free to reach out if you see opportunities for us to work together, and best of luck in the next steps!
Congratulations on being selected as a TOP IDEA! We @Kidogo are very excited to see how your project plays out and what menus are developed at the end of the day to balance nutrition and affordability for parents in East Africa.
In fact, we'd love to meet up with your team if you are in Nairobi anytime soon... we feed the children who attend our early childhood centres 2 meals per day (plus a snack) and would love to collaborate on our menu planning!
Feel free to reach out and connect! Congratulations again team!