Zetu alleviates poverty and social problems by providing families living at the base of economic pyramid with sustainable and dignified means to earn a living by giving them profitable business models that also address social problems in their community thus empowering the poor to be the change agents in their own lives and communities.
Zetu uses a new innovative poverty alleviation tool called micro-franchising.
The Atlanta based nonprofit is initially focusing on the East Africa community nations of Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. Zetu is beginning operations in one of the most impoverished nations in the world: Burundi. More than 65% of Burundians live in extreme poverty and less than 2% have access to electricity.
Zetu has already developed a village solar model and is currently working on piloting 5 village-solar micro-franchises in Bubanza Burundi. The model requires only $300 capital per micro-franchise and allows the entrepreneur to earn between $100 and $350 a month in a country where a teacher earns than than $75 a month.
Zetu also is in the process of developing a poultry model. The model allows different families to work different chain of activities as vaccinators, hatchery operators, chicken farmers, feed sellers, and as egg producers. The cooperative would be targeted to landless families. This model has a great potential to lift the poorest out of extreme poverty, especially landless families.