Uniforms for Change: Providing Meals for Children through Local Business

Uniforms for Change: Providing Meals for Children through Local Business

Location:
Kakamega, Kenya
GESI Team:
Habibah Abass, Thomas Inglis, Vibhav Gautam
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Education / Youth; Health; Social Entrepreneurship
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Summer 2016

Project Background

Support Activities In Poverty Eradication and Health (SAIPEH) is an NGO based in Shianda, Kenya, that operates a daycare center that feeds approximately 70 children infected/affected by HIV/AIDS daily. As the center is due to lose its funds by 2017, the organization needed assistance developing sustainable methods of income generation to keep the center open. The GESI team decided to utilize an underused tailoring facility found within SAIPEH to produce uniforms for local schools, with profits going into the daycare program. The team also worked with an existing -yet stagnant- alumni network to become more active in the project and help with the initiative.

The group developed a business plan with SAIPEH and began to implement the tailoring project. They signed agreements between all parties involved (including FSD) to ensure that the project continues after the team left and that the process would remain transparent and sustainable. The seed fund from FSD provided for five sewing machines and materials for the first week of production. Tailors were also hired to start production immediately with the goal of producing 900 uniforms by January. After January, general clothing will be produced for the local community. The profits will go back to the daycare center and ensure the children are fed thrice daily. In the future it is hoped that SAIPEH will continue to strengthen the program by implementing other sustainable initiatives to ensure the daycare programs success.