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CFW summary statistics--2009
CFW summary statistics--2009

CFW's 2009 statistics from Kenya have been released. We are pleased to report that the CFW network served over 500,000 people in 2009 through in-store sales and outreach activities. We've uploaded a chart of summary statistics so that you can see the effect that CFW is having in fighting prevalent diseases such as malaria in Kenya. More detailed statistics are available on our website; we've included a link below.


CFWshops co-sponsored a 10k race in Nairobi to mark World Malaria Day on April 24, 2010. The worldwide theme was “Count Malaria Out.” The sponsors aimed to fund and distribute 200,000 mosquito nets in Kenya. Since CFWshops has set up 80 health store franchises in Kenya, it is well-positioned to get many bednets out to people through a variety of means. Chris Blattman (Yale) has a pretty good summary of the debate around the various free vs pay strategies that work best to get everyone sleeping under a bednet ( if you are curious.

I arrived at Nyayo stadium early Saturday morning. About 100 Kenyans were already there decked out in race jerseys and white sneakers. Everyone was young and buff. I heard the howl of an airhorn and dashed off to the start line, where racers were already huddled.

I should have known something was amiss. I looked over the shoulder of the person on my right. He was poised to start his race watch. Same for the guy on my left. A few in front were down in a three-point stance. “You guys in a hurry?” I asked. One looked me over and smirked. “Don’t try to keep up with us. If you try, you won’t finish.” “Nonsense. I run a 10k every week.” A few others looked back at me and said nothing. I wondered what they were thinking. What I was thinking for just a fleeting moment was how cool it would be to win a race in Kenya as the sole white guy against 100 Kenyans. An image for the next Dos Equis commercial popped in my head. I imagined the Dos Equis mystery man running in slow motion with the voice over, “I once beat the Kenyans when I raced… In Kenya!”

The gun fired and everyone jumped into action. 100 Kenyan boys and girls sprinted away from the start line and ten seconds later, I found myself all alone in the back even though I was running at full speed – for a muzungo. One minute later, all I could see where the backs of heads. Not even out of the stadium yet, and I was panting.

I thought about the Haiku I'd posted a day earlier on Facebook: “Running a 10K, will altitude do me in, or Nairobi smog?”

Neither. The competition did, it turned out.

Still within sight of the stadium, the last girl I had any chance of catching sped ahead and was just a tiny blip on the horizon. I estimate she - the 2nd slowest racer - was doing 7 minute miles.

Five minutes into the race, even the back-of-the-pack ambulance gave up on me and drove ahead. I was totally alone. I wanted to laugh, but I was too out of breath.

Climbing the first hill, construction workers egged me on. “Stay strong!” was a common mantra, although there were a few jibes of “Come man, start running!” here and there.

By the fifteenth minute things actually got worse. People started lapping me as if I was standing still and the race staff pointing the way just shook their heads. “Poor guy."

I managed to finish with a respectable 10k time of 52 minutes. Everyone else finished in under 40 minutes! This marked a first for me – being dead last. It was a fun, humiliating experience I will always cherish.

Afterward, I realized that the involvement of two former Olympic gold medalists (Tom Ngugi and Charles Asati Mumesu) as organizers probably had a little to do with why all the runners were so fast. Both run training clubs for future Olympic runners and sent their lads and lasses to the race. Charles introduced himself to me after and we chatted a bit. He was quite interested in getting his training facility listed on GlobalGiving and planned to talk to Spencer Ochieng (CFWshops director) about it. I got him to sign my race bib and write his phone number so we can stay in touch. That’s one bib I’ll save!

We are pleased that the January 2010 issue of Franchise Times features our CFW network in Kenya. The title of the article is "How Social-Sector Franchising Can Work" and it is well worth reading. Click the link below to read the article for free.


We are delighted that our commitment to expand our CFW network of medical clinics in sub-Saharan Africa will be featured on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Fifth Annual Meeting this Friday in NYC. Our commitment was selected from a larger pool of member commitments as an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge and will be announced with two other commitments related to finance and health.

Hot Dish Advertising has generously designed a handout summarizing our expansion commitment. I've uploaded the handout to this site; let us know what you think!


Leah Ambwaya and Gerry Kweya visited this project as part of a GlobalGiving evaluation. Leah said:

We were able visit Dorah Nyanja a Public health nurse who runs a clinic in the slums of kibera.She louded the support she has recieved from CFW in terms of training,grants pertitioning of her facility, fixtures and fitting and the soft loan for drugs.

Ms Nyanja was dearly indedbted to the organisation for supporting her after resigning for her employment in a public hospital.She attests to the fact that the brand name CFW was instrumental in her facility surviving the vicious post election violence that hit Kibera so hard,her facility was not burned down.She says she put into action some of the skills she had recieved during the tarinings offered by CFW on empoweirng communities and building a rapport with them,appreciating them and connecting with them to survive during this difficult time,despite the fact that she was not from the tribe the pre dominantly reside in Kibera and were subject to eviction and burning down the businesses.

As we sat there talking to her she proudly shared her business records with us for scruitiny,she went ahead to pull out a cheque book and issue one to CFW for her loan repayment.She couldnt hide the fact that she is surely empowered.CFW had also recommended her to get a bigger loan from a banking institution which she waas proudly granted.We asked her,"If you had a choice could you change your business location from kibera?",she exclaimed "I cant dare,I have built strong relationship with this community the effects of post election violence have made me stronger and the technical support I recieve from CFW have made me to soldier on".

Gerry said:

When we went to Kisumu we were priviledged to meet the franchaisees from the town in one of their monthly meetings,the participants were very enthuastic in having us in there proceedings.

A few minutes of listening to their discussions,we heard some of the challenges faced which included serving the very poor in the community.These people are expected to pay some little money for the services provided.In a nutshell,some of them just cant."We are serving the most under priveledged members of the community.All they know when they see the brand name CFW is a miracle at their doorsteps".Says Veronica Anyango of Maisha Bora CFW clinic."what do you do is such instances?" we posed "As much as you want to do charity,you also need your business to thrive and to sustain yourself"."I am gratefull to be part of the CFW network since I have been trained on endurance and communication,the skills obtained in psycho-social support help me to understand this people and reason with them as to why the should not be used to free things.A small contribution from the clients gives them a sence of pride and self esteem.I keep on reminding them this everytime they walk into my clinic and when I visit some of them during my outreach visits."

After Anyango made this the statement we provoked her further to substantiate her statement,and what she added was that communities need to be empowered with information so that they may realise the ernoumous potentials they have around them which can be translated into financial resources.She gave examples of kitchen gardens,formation of compost and farm manures by recycling garbage etc.I thought this was quite interesting to be flagged out as an outcome of an outcome in a project cycle.

In order to reduce dependancy among communities,I think listening to some of the recommendations from this franchaisees is critical for purposes of contuinity,community ownership and self reliance.

From my observation Anyango believes further community engagement using CFW networks is the sure way of creating sustainability.As much as she didnt understand where the support she has recieved comes from,part of which is through global giving,she was more than sure that somebody somewhere has brought her this far in her business and service to the community.

As we drove through mandate slums in Kisumu, the CFW clinic was outstandingly poised next to vegetable kiosks with a bee hive of activities. Women and men selling all types of ware, children roaming around. Mt. Everest CFW clinic was the name on the walls. We opted to walk in and introduce ourselves to the gentleman who was seated behind the counter. Apparently he was the husband to the Francisee Ezinah Inyange. He says, “I don’t think I can explain anything, my wife owns the clinic and am just sitting in for her.” So we inquire on her whereabouts, and he tells us that she is attending a meeting with the other franchisees at Riat on Kisumu / Busia road.

To our surprise, he even went ahead to call her on his mobile phone and inform her of our presence at the clinic. ‘This is a clinic, everyone who walks in is our guest’ says Mr. Inyanje, “my wife is a nurse, she is the professional and for now she is out for a meeting, I can only sell things like paraceatamols”. He then gave us directions to the venue of the meeting place. As we walked around, we met a bodaboda cyclist and inquired from him if there was any hospital in the vicinity, “the CFW hospital?” he asked, it is just ahead, walk on” , he said. Right ahead of us we could see the clinic well branded.

There was a group of women and one man, they were all nurses, and they were having their monthly cluster meeting. We sought to talk to Ezinah.

“CFW has been very helpful, they have stood by me, my shop was looted during the post election violence, we were left with nothing, but they helped me restock my clinic, times are tough yes, but they offer a shoulder to lean on.” Says Edina. She says that she has learned to move on because she owes her service to the community. She wondered if CFW could think about an insurance fund to cater for any such disasters that might affect the franchisee clinics or shops.

CFW has kept us updated on any emerging issues in the medical sector; they facilitate us to bring services closer to the people. I wish to be fully involved in the immunization of children, but have the challenge of having coolers for the vaccines. KEPI provides coolers that can be used in areas without electricity, however, for me, I am lucky to have electricity supply; therefore a fridge would be an ideal gift for Ezinah.

Do you know who supports your work? “No, but whoever it is, am truly grateful” she says.

She appealed for the cost of the drugs to be reviewed, “the cost is high that I have to struggle to survive in business. We have just received the revised price list and that is what we are discussing here today, the prices have shot up so drastically, I trust that CFW will do something about this new prices” she concludes.

Some of the other francisees we met included, Eunice Omollo - riat clinic, Merab Ojal –Kapolo clinic, Jeniffer Mary Oliech- mamboleo clinic, Wilson Rajula-Ragegni clinic, Symprose Anayngo-maisha bora clinic, Janet Kamar-Fahelma clinic.

Leah and Gerry said that they would tell their friends this project is "incredible: You need to see this!"

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