Blue Kitabu was a non-profit dedicated to working with local community leaders to develop sustainable schools. We believe that development of viable business models can help reduce or eliminate aid dependence and promote long-term project viability.
Asebu - in a rural town just north of Cape Coast, we set out to build a primary school.
2009 - we broke ground in the summer of 2009, on a nice plot of land overlooking the town.
Free School - the idea was to create a school that could enroll students who could not otherwise afford to begin school.
Collaboration - we collaborated and developed relationships with local non-profits, local leaders and regional politicians.
Research - through the Blue Kitabu Research Institute, we conducted primary research on the ground and provided our findings back to the community leaders.
Jobs - we hired local contractors so that the money invested went back into the community.
Trust - We trusted the leaders on the ground and stayed out of the process as much as possible to help facilitate local leaders.
Opened - the school opened September 2012, with 110 kids enrolled.
Assessment - traveled around Rwanda visiting orphanages and schools to try and find potentially sustainable projects.
Rebero Nice Bread - found a bakery that used daily profits to take care of 70+ orphans, however, Minister of Health wanted to close bakery due to health standards.
Targeted Investment - raised the capitol necessary to bring the bakery up-to-code.
Sustainable - bakery continued to run and take care of the kids.
Loita - continued a long-term relationship with a Maasai community in the Loita hills.
School - developed business model proposals for the local school board.