SHOFCO was founded in 2004 by Kennedy Odede, a resident of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. He sought to combat the poverty, violence, and extreme gender equality that affected his community. In 2007, he met Jessica Posner, an American studying abroad, and together they developed the model that SHOFCO utilizes today.
By linking a school for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for all, the school becomes a portal for large-scale social change. This presents an innovative approach to bring gender equality to urban communities—inviting both men and women to participate in the solution.
SHOFCO’s model leverages grassroots leadership to create a ripple effect of improvements across areas of Education, Health, Community Empowerment, and Water and Sanitation.