Kijani Baby: Adventures in Social Enterprise

Our Humble Beginnings - How Kijani Baby was Started

Valerie Muigai

Our Humble Beginnings - How Kijani Baby was Started

In 2008, my husband and I were volunteering in Tanzania and preparing to move to the US for my husband to start graduate school when we found out we were expecting our first baby! We knew money would be tight for those first few years when my husband was in school, so I started googling “how to save money on a baby” and I discovered the world of modern cloth diapers. In Tanzania, most women would use flat cloth diapers and hand wash them, so I thought how hard can it be to use cloth diapers when we will have...


My Evolving View of Business: Why I Moved to Uganda for Development Work and Started Selling Diapers

Valerie Muigai

My Evolving View of Business: Why I Moved to Uganda for Development Work and Started Selling Diapers

In 2003, I had just graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and was headed to South Africa to work with a couple that was starting a foster and adoption program for abandoned babies. I was convinced that my career would be spent working with orphaned and vulnerable children, and my focus was completely on ministry, service, and development work. UNC offered a six week business course for non business majors right after graduation, and my parents thought that was such a great concept! So they highly encouraged (i.e. forced) me to take this business course. Even...