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  • Salome Mulandi, who lives in Mlolongo, began volunteering as a social worker for the project when she saw her 4-year-old daughter benefitting from improvements to her daycare.
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Aga Khan University
A brighter future for preschool students and their caregivers

Researchers at Aga Khan University in Kenya partnered with the University of Toronto to develop a pilot programme that launched a brighter future for preschool students and their caregivers.

Under an experimental franchising model, daycare providers in Mlolongo, a poor neighbourhood in Nairobi, organised into a network.  They learned about child development and small business management, with the support of local social workers.

Salome Mulandi, who lives in Mlolongo, began volunteering as a social worker for the project when she saw her 4-year-old daughter benefitting from improvements to her daycare.

This franchise model helps both caregiver and child.  Children receive better care, and caregivers earn a better living.  Thanks to the researchers’ study, the model is now being replicated in other parts of the city.