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Kidogo

place Kenya

Great things start small.

Kidogo improves access to quality, affordable Early Childhood Care & Education in East Africa’s low-income communities. We use an innovative social franchising approach to identify, train and support female entrepreneurs (Mamapreneurs) to start or grow childcare micro-businesses.

HundrED 2023
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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

HundrED 2022

Web presence

2014

Established

18K

Children

1

Countries
Target group
Parents
Updated
April 2023
We hope to see increased attention and action (researchers, funders and collaborators) in the early childhood education space and systems change on a global and national scale.

About the innovation

Kidogo's Model

In Kenya’s informal settlements where over 60% of the urban population lives, mothers have to make a difficult decision about where to leave their children (0-3 years) when they go to work: either home alone, with an older sibling who has been pulled out of school or at an informal daycare. These unlicensed centers do more harm than good, subjecting children to poor nutrition, hygiene, neglect, and even abuse, which reduces their lifelong developmental potential during their most important early years. Globally, 350 million children find themselves in this situation - it’s a childcare crisis.

To address this problem, Kidogo uses a social franchising model to partner with entrepreneurial women “Mamapreneurs” to help them start or improve their own childcare micro-businesses. This allows children to get the best start to life during their crucial first 1,000 days, enables mothers to work with “peace of mind”, adolescent girls return to school and Mamapreneurs to earn a dignified livelihood.



Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Kidogo is a social enterprise that is making a great impact in East Africa's low income communities by improving access to quality Early Childhood Education by supporting female entrepreneurs (Mamapreneurs) to start or grow childcare micro-businesses.

HundrED Academy Reviews

Kidogo is a social enterprise that is making a great impact in East Africa's low income communities by improving access to quality Early Childhood Education by supporting female entrepreneurs (Mamapreneurs) to start or grow childcare micro-businesses.

The impact of this innovation goes beyond child development: it also supports women's empowerment and the challenges faced by people with difficulties to keep their children in positive environments during early childhood.

- Academy member
Academy review results
Impact
Scalability
Exceptional
High
Moderate
Limited
Insufficient
Exceptional
High
Moderate
Limited
Insufficient
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