Time: Oct. 17, 2017 at 3:40 PM
Ninety percent of the underserved urban market in East Africa cannot afford to purchase clean, safe drinking water. Simultaneously, a lack of meaningful and viable business-ownership opportunities stifles economic growth and upward mobility. Jibu—Swahili for "Solution!"—was founded in July, 2012 by father-and-son team Randy and Galen Welsch to address these dual issues in a unique way. By supplying premium-quality drinking water at radically affordable prices, and providing emerging-market entrepreneurs with a successful and profitable business model, Jibu takes a two-pronged approach to improving the standard of living in underserved communities in Africa.
Galen co-founded Jibu in 2012 and under his leadership Jibu has quickly become a top-rated B-Corp social franchise bringing affordable drinking water access to thousands, and creating hundreds of jobs, mostly for youth, across East Africa. Galen’s achievements at Jibu have been recognized by BBC World, the Guardian, Fast Company, the Franchise Times, and by Forbes 30 under 30. In addition to Jibu, Galen is an advisory board member of the University of New Hampshire’s Social Sector Franchise Initiative, a mentor (and prior fellow) at the Unreasonable Institute, an honorary member of Toniic impact investor network, and a delegate at the Skoll World forum in Oxford. Galen has been a speaker at Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference and at the UN General Assembly’s Global Development Lab showcase. Previously, Galen has worked as a field manager for Colorado’s Public Interest Research Group, for HEAL Africa in Goma, DR Congo, and for the Peace Corps as a Health Educator in Morocco.