I know I’ve been quite over the past few weeks, so I wanted to give everyone an update on the Kibera kiosk initiative. I recently received some very positive feedback from the District Officer in Kibera in response to the executive summary I submitted. He commented that the initiative, “is going to bring about positive change to the kibera community especially women and youth groups” and that he is still very interested in working with us.
I was very fortunate to find two other Nairobi locals who are helping Steven and me to get the organization off the ground. Andrew Otieno is the branch manager of a micro-finance institution that serves Kibera and the surrounding areas. Fredrick (Freddy) Omondi is a Kibera resident who first introduced me to Kibera and gave me the tour at the very beginning of my trip to Kenya. The four of us are soliciting cost estimates for the major startup equipment such as the 10,000 liter water tanks, the office building, etc. Once that excercise is complete, we will be nearly ready to move forward with the critical task of acquiring funding for our startup costs. As discussed earlier, the pricing is set so ongoing operations will be financially self-sustaining. However, the initial build out will require philanthropic capital. I’ll provide more details as we develop the full budget and business case. I’ll also try to post updates a bit more frequently in the coming days and weeks.