Social business example: Nairobi
Driven by the growth of information and communications technology (ICT), social business is transforming the way corporations relate to communities around the world. Social entrepreneurship in Kenya is growing, and in the capital of Nairobi, these companies are creating new solutions to old problems.
Nairobi is a city of vast polarity: it has established itself as an East African technology hub, but has struggled to address social issues. And with around 45 percent of Kenyans still living under the poverty line1, the government, traditional businesses and NGOs are perceived to have failed in addressing basic needs.
In this context, a grassroots movement of social businesses has emerged that use and adapt technologies to local requirements; empowering Kenyans to develop solutions that meet the critical demand for basic services.
ICT plays an important role, enabling affordability, scalability and ways to connect to and build the community. However, in Nairobi social entrepreneurs often face the frustration of a developed technological infrastructure that is running below capacity.