|The Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya|
SC Johnson in Kenya
In 2005, The Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Protocol was field tested in Kenya as a partnership between Cornell University, SC Johnson and ApproTEC. The six-person BoP Protocol Pilot Team tested the Protocol in collaboration with local partners in the Nakuru District and the Kibera slum of Nairobi. The learning and insights gained during the SC Johnson Protocol implementation in Kenya were folded back into the Protocol development process as the basis for the second Protocol design workshop in October of 2005.
The Protocol pilot team facilitated the identification of several business opportunities for SC Johnson and local community groups in Kenya and helped build new partnerships to develop those businesses, laying the groundwork for future collaborations and innovations. Today, SC Johnson's Protocol work in Kenya is continuing via a pilot test of a new business in Kibera, an innovative business model co-developed in partnerships with local community groups.
Kibera, with a population somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people is one of the largest slums in Africa, if not the world. This large population of ethnically diverse makeup is constrained to an area the size of Manhattan's Central Park. Half of the population are estimated to be under the age of 15. For more information about Kibera please visit Carolina for Kibera, the project's most important partner in Kibera.
The Nyota township is located about an hour outside of Nakuru (Kenya's fourth largest city) in the agricultural Rift Valley. The region historically has been a large producer of the natural insecticide pyrethrum - a key component in certain SC Johnson products - but in recent years production has declined due to a number of climate and market challenges.
The SCJ Protocol team worked closely with a number of local partners in Kibera and Nyota:
|Carolina for Kibera offices in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.|
Partner Spotlight: Carolina for Kibera
The Protocol team's home in Kibera,Carolina for Kibera (CFK) targets issuess of ethnic violence, health care, safe spaces for girls, and environmental sanitation and income generation. All their work follows a common theme of participatory development and the organization’s operations in Kenya are run by Kiberans.
Carolina for Kibera, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) international non-governmental organization housed at the University Center for International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
CFK was recently honored by Time Magazine as a "Hero of Global Health" and continues to help guide SC Johnson's Protocol work in Kibera.
To learn more about CFK please visit http://cfk.unc.edu
CORE PROTOCOL TEAM
ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS (KENYA)
ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL STAFF (USA)
Stuart L. Hart