Model & Strategy

Tiny Totos Kenya enhances early childhood development in eastern Africa’s slums by working with existing, slum-based daycares to help them provide improved standards of care to children and earn more money from their work. Their intervention model in helping transform substandard daycares to quality centers of care includes entrepreneur coaching, education around early childhood development, mentorship, and access to finance. Tiny Totos Kenya is creating a growing association of upgraded slum-based daycare centers in lower-income urban areas of Nairobi, while also creating opportunities for additional value and revenue from the growing customer base they serve to meet operating costs. Beyond striving for unit economic profitability and network sustainability, Tiny Totos has already made remarkable strides in terms of children’s development: all children receive health screenings and access to nutritious meals that result in significant improvements to their overall health and weight.

 

 

At a Glance
Founded: 2016
Systemic Poverty
Location of work: International, Africa
Tiny Totos Kenya
P. O Box 14473 - 00800
Westlands, Avellino Court, C4 - Lower Kabete Rd, Opp Brookside Dr
Nairobi, Kenya
Safeguarding the health and wellbeing of preschool children in Nairobi's slums
African children in daycare play on the floor with toys
Emma Caddy photo
Meet Emma Caddy

Emma Caddy moved to Nairobi in early 2012 with her Kenyan husband and young children, having spent the last 15 years working across the globe as a community livelihoods program manager and impact fund manager.  In this role, she supported, designed, built and invested in small and medium-sized enterprises whose products or services generated social and environmental good as well as financial returns and independence.

Emma stumbled into the slum daycare sector by chance, having initially looked at supporting a single daycare in the slum of Mathare. She quickly realized this daycare was just one of the thousands operating in slums that poor, working mothers relied on every day to leave their children in order to go to work.  Emma was struck by how widespread the informal daycare market was, and that regardless of the poor levels of service provided, clients were still willing to pay for it. She decided to take on the challenge of elevating the quality of daycare services as a means to move the needle in early childhood development innovation.

Impact

>2,500 children have received quality pre-school education

>45,700  nutritious meals sold at Tiny Totos Kenya partner daycares

>1,640 working mothers receiving childcare and entrepreneurship training

>720 clients with access to financial services

Tiny Totos Kenya’s partner daycares average x4 profit increase per year

  • Tiny Totos’ Project Coordinator Grace Njeri being interviewed by Kenya’s Citizen TV about the work we do, empowerin… https://t.co/aTf7h60UZh
  • Tiny Totos’ Project Coordinator Grace Njeri being interviewed by Kenya’s Citizen TV about the work we do, empowerin… https://t.co/h7qUiCyqcl
  • Joseph Walumbe TTK’s COO spends a day with our funders from the Kenya Community Development Foundation. We appreci… https://t.co/530DFfGrA5
  • Esther Mwende is a community health worker who works with Tiny Totos to help daycare entrepreneurs we partner with… https://t.co/7D3Y6rzvPm
  • Esther Mwende is a community health worker who works with Tiny Totos to help daycare entrepreneurs we partner with… https://t.co/X0tWO0yjBW
  • TTK has partnered with community health workers who can extend our support services to client homes. Here they are… https://t.co/wXdHTn8KN4
  • TTK has partnered with community health workers who can extend our support services to client homes. Here they are… https://t.co/ovwRjMiZQ2
  • TTK team leading a lively training in daycare management with its partner entrepreneurs last week in Buruburu.
  • TTK team leading a lively training in daycare management with its partner entrepreneurs last week in Buruburu.
  • Potential daycare managers break into smaller groups to pen down their thoughts on entrepreneurship during a boot c… https://t.co/cr4Eso7UZi
  • Meet Cynthia Coredo. The glue that brings our team together. She mentors daycare managers, training them in leaders… https://t.co/ctv1e0MI8r
  • Parents training last weekend at Amani Daycare in Baba Dogo area. In these induction meetings, we get to learn the… https://t.co/bSc3xyKkN5
  • Parents training last weekend at Amani Daycare in Baba Dogo area. In these induction meetings, we get to learn the… https://t.co/91Ieq6bCFi
  • Small balls, marbles, uninflated latex balloons and toys that contain small parts are a choking hazard to your chil… https://t.co/usrr7HrgkF
  • Tiny Totos partners with local health workers to improve our coverage in the community and sustain high standards i… https://t.co/teMdEoKv6x
  • RT @UNICEF: 😊🥄 Yum! This little one is eating lunch at a UNICEF-supported children’s centre in Mozambique. What was your favourite meal as…
  • Bright Future daycare manager Rachel, receives an award for best in data record keeping for June 2018. Our daycare… https://t.co/7g5FD431ra
  • Grace the TTK programme Coordinator and Jimmy the TTK financial services coordinator, attending a week’s training o… https://t.co/0kQJqYvIWi
  • Every year, 23,000 Kenyans die from diarrheal diseases due to unsafe drinking water and proper sanitation. TTK plac… https://t.co/Cjfa78I40w