School-in-a-box? Franchised toilets? Four organizations improving lives of urban Kenyans through business innovation.
**As of December 17th at 3:30pm EST, we reached our funding goal of $13,000! THANK YOU. On behalf of the entire Gobee team, we want to thank everyone for their support of this photography book! Your faith has strengthened our drive to use creativity and enterprise to change our world. We are ecstatic at the thought of getting "Social Enterprise Stories from Urban Kenya" into your hands and homes.
But, the campaign is not over yet. We are not going to let up and we hope you'll be there with us at the end.
We are announcing two stretch goals!
Stretch Goal #1: If we raise $16,000, all backers at the Eastleigh level and above will have their names printed in every copy of the book. Your support of this book will be memorialized for all to see (if you'd like). This will only be available to our Kickstarter supporters for your early backing of our project.
Stretch Goal #2: If we raise $19,000, all backers that have selected the physical or digital book will receive a specially designed Infographic insert. This insert will only be available to Kickstarter backers. Each print will be numbered individually. Measuring 16" x 18" and printed on archival paper, this insert will beautifully present the impact of social enterprise.
Let's do this!
We live in a time when people are taking the problem of promoting social and economic development into their own hands. It is exciting and the world needs to know more about the energy, passion, and innovation of this new class of entrepreneurs.
What is Social Enterprise Stories from Urban Kenya?
Social Enterprise Stories from Urban Kenya is an ode to the difficult, lonely work of making change outside the normal channels of government or the typical 'development' agencies. Social Enterprise Stories from Urban Kenya is stunning book that will dress up any coffee table, desk, or bookshelf with beautiful images and a powerful story of change.
Here are the book specifications:
Size: 24.1 cm x 29.2 cm (9.5 in x 11.5 in)
Pages: 128 pages
Color: 4/4 (four over four)
Cover: Matte laminated
Binding: Smyth sewn, with head and tail bands
Paper: 150 gsm coated paper
Endsheets: White, uncoated
This is our first adventure into the world of book publishing. Our ultimate goal is to tell the story of social entrepreneurship in action through multiple, interactive media, beyond photography and print, and beyond Kenya. We view this book as a substantial start to our journey. We chose Kenya because it is a place where we have worked extensively and that has the most energized social enterprise community in the world.
Who are the Social Enterprises featured?
Bridge International Academies is increasing access to a high quality primary education for Kenyan children. Bridge's Academy-in-a-box model allows them to rapidly scale their network of low cost schools throughout Kenya and soon to the rest of Africa.
Jacaranda Health is working to ensure that every Kenyan mother has access to the care and support needed to have a safe birth. Their network of private clinics provide affordable, high quality care using a unique business and funding model.
Sanergy grew out of MIT and is working to make basic sanitation affordable and accessible to all the world's slum dwellers. Sanergy's business model provides the twin benefit of creating micro-entrepreneurs and developing local supplies of affordable fertilizer.
Sun Transfer is a leading supplier of solar lighting to Kenyans. For most Africans, electricity is a distant dream forcing the use of dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps. Sun Transfer is working to develop the finance, supply and maintenance networks for the next generation of clean, affordable lighting.
Learn more about these amazing enterprises in the book and at: http://socialenterprise.is.
About Gobee Group
A decade ago, the three of us who founded Gobee - Mahad Ibrahim, Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, and Jaspal Sandhu - were scattered across the globe: Mahad was exploring the Mubarak regime's role in community IT centers in Egypt, Jessica was investigating Nike's supply chain by going into Asian factories, and Jaspal was shadowing nomadic community health nurses in the most rural parts of Mongolia. Bounded together by a shared vision to go between people, places, and technology, we formed Gobee in 2008 to integrate policy, technology, creativity, and grassroots expertise to design and deliver unique solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
Where does the money go?We started this project in August 2012 in Nairobi and have been working diligently since then to make this book a reality. We have the images, the stories, the copy, the design, and the layout. But we still need the money to manufacture the book at a level of quality that matches the importance of this project. We're working with an Icelandic printer that specializes in art books and catalogs, a company that has published for McSweeney's, NIKE, and the Guggenheim Museum. Working with this group for prepress, offset printing, and bindery will ensure you that receive the highest quality product possible anywhere. Your backing will help get the stories of four amazing social enterprises into your hands and the hands of many others as well.
What are the rewards?
NOTE: Because of the rules, we will not be able ask for your e-card recipient's email address until the project "tips".
About the Photographer
Flynn Warren is a graduate of The University of the Arts London, where he studied photography. His work is primarily documentary and portraiture and he shoots on a variety of cameras, digital and film. He designs color palettes to elevate the creative process and his complex images encompass multiple layers that enhance small and important details. Flynn grew up in Africa, an experience that gives him a very strong understanding of cultural diversity.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We've been working hard to put in place an infrastructure to deliver the book and the other rewards to our backers. Other than the usual challenges around fulfillment, we don't anticipate problems getting the book into your hands.
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