Kidogo aims to unlock the potential of young children living in East Africa’s informal settlements by providing high-quality, holistic, early childhood care and education for less than one dollar per day. Through its innovative ‘hub & spoke’ model, Kidogo combines the sustainability of best practice ‘hub’ centers that provide daycare and preschool services to working mothers, with the scalability of a microfranchising program to support local “Mamapreneurs” starting or growing their own childcare ‘spokes.’ By empowering mothers, and giving young children the best start to life, Kidogo is transforming the trajectory of families living in slums and helping break the cycle of poverty.
Afzal is the co-founder & chief imagination officer at Kidogo where he leads the organization’s strategy, finances and oversees day-to-day operations. Afzal was inspired by his late grandfather, who used entrepreneurship to escape poverty, to use his business expertise to address inequality in the same low-income communities in Africa & Asia where his family originates from. Prior to Kidogo, Afzal was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group advising Fortune 500 executives on major strategy & growth projects. In his spare time, he supported a number of social enterprises around the world including Acumen in Kenya, Karibu Solar Power in Tanzania and CARE in Bangladesh but still was not satisfied. In 2014, Afzal followed his passion for social entrepreneurship, leaving his six-figure salary in the corporate sector to start Kidogo full time. Afzal graduated from the International Business program at the Schulich School of Business, where he specialized in Strategy & Entrepreneurship. Afzal is a Young Fund Loran Scholar and was named one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30’ sustainability leaders by Corporate Knights magazine in 2015.