90% of Ubuntu Life staff have undergone financial training which has led them to have the ability to have outside business beside their employment, creating additional new local jobs through financial knowledge gained through Ubuntu. We are proud to report that 100% of staff are in saving and credit institutions where they are saving for the future.
Nationally, about one-third (34 percent) of the households lived in their own house – purchased, constructed or inherited. More than half (57 percent) lived in individual rental units, while the (9 percent) lived in rented or provided houses by the government, local authority, parastatal or private company.
Of the current employees: 31 own their own land, 23 have built their own homes.
70% of the staff have tangible investments and intangible investments. Only 33 percent of Kenyans have formal access to financial services through commercial banks and the government-owned Post Bank. With the advent of mobile money and its recent linkages to the formal banking system, however, the number of Kenyans with access to electronic financial services has grown rapidly. With 31.2 million cell phone subscriptions, the vast majority of Kenyan adults now have cell phone access, which they use for everything from voice and SMS communication to banking, insurance, internet access, and other services.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
80% of the staff at Ubuntu Life have developed their career and personal knowledge on their jobs and also for their personal growth through training, workshops and seminars that the organization has facilitated. More than 5% (and growing!) of the Ubuntu staff have been able to advance their learning and develop their job skills to be competent in their positions, all of whom have been promoted to a higher paying, more skilled position.
It is imperative to us that all staff at Ubuntu Life are able to facilitate their children’s education by paying for their school fees comfortably. In 2010, one million children in Kenya were still out of school, and while this was almost half the number as it was in 1999, it was still the ninth highest of any country in the world. Issues related to educational quality persist, especially at the primary level, with illiteracy rates increasing among students with six years of primary schooling. In addition to ensuring that our staff are able to cover school fees for quality education, some of our maker mums have their children enrolled at the Ubuntu Life Foundation Special Needs Centre, receiving individualized education from certified special needs teachers.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
While access to quality health care is a constitutional right, millions of Kenyans cannot afford to pay for health services at public or private clinics. Even with public health insurance available since 1966, only 20% of Kenyans have access to some sort of medical coverage. With the population at over 51 million and rising, it means as many as 40 million Kenyans are excluded from quality health care coverage. In addition, a quarter of total spending on health care comes from out-of-pocket expenses. The CDC estimates that because of this, every year nearly one million Kenyans are pushed below the poverty line as a result of unaffordable health care expenses.
All Ubuntu Life staff AND their families are provided with medical insurance (both private and national hospital insurance) which allows them to access health care services both inpatient and outpatient all over the country. In addition, their families have access to the subspecialty medical care offered by Ubuntu Life Foundation at no cost. Many of the mums who work at the factory have special needs children who are enrolled full time at the Ubuntu Life Foundation Children’s Wellness Centre.
Sanitation and Hygiene
Nationwide, 57% of people have unimproved sanitation, and 13% have open sewage, plus less than a third of the country has access to clean water. All Ubuntu Life staff and their families have adopted and live in clean environments and use clean water safe for consumption. Those who do not have access to clean running water are eligible to receive water from the Ubuntu Life Water factory source.
Compared to the US, many health obstacles are silent killers in Kenya. In 2017, 4 in 5 cancer cases in Kenya were diagnosed late or at an incurable stage, largely because of lack of information or misdiagnosis of symptoms. Hypertension and diabetes also top the list of silent killers that go undiagnosed. 99% of our staff have received health training - from recent education about the COVID-19 virus to how to recognize and react to events such as seizures and heart attacks. We also bring in outside organizations to give educational talks on healthy living, from nutrition to physical activity.