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The first platform dedicated to saving families 33% on childcare while paying nannies 33% more!
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There is an old African Proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child”. But where is this elusive village? It is just about as hard to find as quality childcare that is affordable! 

This campaign is to support the development of Via The Village. An online platform to create that village, a childcare network within your local community. 

Families need safe, reliable, and professional childcare services at affordable rates. Professional nannies bring so much value and need to be compensated well for it, better than what an average family can afford. 

Via The Village gives special attention facilitating nanny sharing. When families nanny share they save 33% while nannies make 33% more. Let’s do the math. Say the nanny’s single family rate is $15 per hour. The nanny share rate would be $10 per hour per family for the two families in a share. So the nanny now makes $20 per hour while the families each save $5 per hour. Plus the children are happy because they get a little playmate. Everybody wins! 

Via The Village offers an easy and efficient platform for families and nannies to match up. But we go beyond connecting families, nannies, and nanny shares; we help you build relationships and a community. We believe, sharing knowledge is just as important as sharing costs so we bring expert ideas through our blogs and a forum to facilitate discussion amongst the community.

Check out the Via The Village and our gallery on this campaign for a sneak peek of what is in the works.

Risks and challenges

Project challenges? Besides making this Kickstarter video? Ha Ha! I loathe recording myself. But I will do whatever it takes to bring this project to fruition.

I know that this platform can help so many. I noticed the need for it when I saw my nanny sharing Facebook group (for Chicago area alone) organically growing into the thousands! So many are looking to come together and to nanny share. But they need a more comprehensive option like Via The Village to efficiently organize and support the process.

Being a mother of two and in a nanny share for years, I have an intimate understanding of the market. In addition, being a nurse for more than a decade has made me very resourceful and good under pressure. Further, I have had so much help along the way from people who want to encourage the success of this platform. You know who you are and I thank you!

I would like to extend special thanks to Bharat Walia, who has been there with me from the start guiding and advising week after week. Sincere gratitude to you for your constant engagement and sharing of your expertise and thoughtful insights.

I can say this endeavor has taken a lot more effort than I understood when I began. The efforts namely in time and money! But I have been blessed with a passion for it and much encouragement. It has been lots of fun and challenging in a good way as I have completely stepped outside of my comfort zone.

There is so much potential here, but bringing this into creation will take a village as well! As costs start to add up, I ask for your help to "Kickstart" this endeavor.

I am seeking $15,000 in backing. This is the minimum amount needed for the proper development of the web application.

Of course, I would be thrilled if this campaign raised even more. Any funds raised after the initial goal is met will go directly into enhancing design, marketing and development of more features to benefit the lives of many families, nannies and children.

Thank you for your support. Any backing that you can give, large or small, is greatly appreciated. And please do share this campaign through social media, texts, and conversations with others!

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    Nanny Combo

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