Helping Hands

Helping Hands: Helping Hands

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$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
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Elderly, terminally ill persons continue to face various challenges today at home. Poverty, insufficient facilities and personnel are the leading factors that limits them in seeking quality healthcare. This organization was founded to solve these healthcare problems through sustainable strategies.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all elderly and terminally ill people would be able to access quality healthcare both at home and healthcare facilities an save millions of lives?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

62% of Kenyans cannot access quality healthcare. This is contributed by the cost of healthcare and lack of adequate healthcare facilities. This challenge is mostly affected by people living in rural areas. The irony is that the 62% living in poverty contribute more to the national healthcare expenditure. With the emergence of various chronic diseases, the rural poor's only option is death. Available systems haven't been able to solve the problem

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The root cause of the problem identified is poverty. Once the poor people are empowered economically they will be able to access quality healthcare when need arises. Initiation of specific projects at household and community level will greatly help to have a reliable source of income. In addition, through trained nurses and community health workers we are able to offer personalized healthcare especially to elderly and chronically ill thereby minimizing the cost and time consumed to visit local healthcare facilities in long distances that in most cases don't offer any help thus restored health to engage in productive activities. The personnel involved in home healthcare provision is paid hence economic empowerment through income generated.


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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Five months ago we were contacted by Mr. Kiambi's family to offer home healthcare services. Kiambi had suffered a stroke, been hospitalized and the family couldn't sufficiently meet his healthcare needs at home. He regained his health. He's now as productive as before. As noted, this project is hybrid whereby we use 50% of the profits to economically empower and offer healthcare services to the rural poor. From a portion of revenues collected from Mr. Kiambi we were able to identify Ms. Rachel (who's in our database) and solved her problem which has been majorly inability to purchase diabetes medicine. Ms. Rachel's health is now good and she can engage in economic activities that are income generating thus meeting her children's needs daily

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have been able to sell the home healthcare services to 25 people. Majority of these have been in the Nation's capital, Nairobi which is our major center for the business segment of the project. However, we have provided the services in four more counties in other counties. 12 people living in poverty have been supported to meet a need (considered as a priority) that would lead to alleviate poverty or enhance their productivity. The help include healthcare, partial school fees payment, boosting of diminishing business or soft loan to start a new business. These activities have led to healthy lives, happy families, peaceful living and increased hope for a better future. Our projected future impact is a healthy society and more importantly economically empowered households free from poverty such that a household can independently and continuously meet its basic needs.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The next five years (2016-2020) we endeavor to have provided home healthcare services to 250 people, trained 500 nurse-aids and helped 1,000 households out of poverty. From January 2016 we should be able to comfortably offer the services nationally. Proper business strategies have to be put in place to be able to reach 50 people in need of home care services per year. Establishment of a training school for nursing assistants is another major plan. The success of the "for profit" segment of the organization will facilitate the economic empowerment of 1000 families within this period.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The business segment will continue whereby those who are financially able, pay for home healthcare services. The training school for nurse assistants will also be for profit. Once the organization grows we will engage in investments that generate regular income. We will introduce soft loans to the people we will support out of poverty. The moment they are empowered economically we will give them loans to boost businesses, pay school fees etc

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Healthcare institutions such as Aga Khan hospital and Avenue hospital offer home healthcare services. The difference between them and us is that to them it's an alternative source of income. No concrete plan on how to grow or improve the industry. Helping Hands goes beyond the money. We ensure there's quality and excellence. NGOs are also involved in poverty eradication interventions. Most of them focus on short term gains while we look into both short and long-term strategies that yield sustainable results for people's economic empowerment.

Founding Story

Being born in a poor environments isn't interesting. No money, no school fees, sometimes no food, no good shelter, no water etc. iIt is even more painful and distressing if these problems are only unique to your family and not neighbors. This is the kind of environment I grew up in. I was brought up by my grandparents and I could see their daily struggles to adequately meet our basic needs. Three years ago my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Poverty didn't allow us provide to her the best healthcare. She eventually died. I founded Helping Hands to solve the home healthcare challenges of the elderly and terminally ill and also empower the poor economically to meet their daily needs.


CEO (full time) - Bachelor in Development Studies, Diploma in Community Health and Development. He has worked with the community for more than 6 years. Also worked with a local Non-governmental organization. Deputy Director (Health) part time - Currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Community Health, Holds a Diploma in Nursing. Has worked with various health institutions. Finance Manager (part time)- Certified accountant, Financial consultant, Has worked with various institutions. Once the project grows the team will evolve into; Executive Director, Deputy Director, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Finance Manager, Human Resources Manager, Marketing Director, Relationship Manager, Head of Nursing and Skills Development, nurses, nurse aids, sales executives and volunteers.
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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I pioneered marketing an agricultural firm's products that led to tremendous growth.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Advisory board, Violet Nyaga - Founder and CEO Everyday Homecare USA, June Mwende - Vast Experience with Non governmental Organizations.