Who we are

Tiny Totos is a Kenyan registered social enterprise that is building a network of standard-setting slum-based daycares providing safe, affordable and stimulating services at prices lower-income clients can afford. With training and investment we upgrade informal daycares run by female entrepreneurs in the slums of Nairobi. Through our growing distribution network of partners, Tiny Totos offers wellbeing products and courses to daycare clients that improve livelihoods and generate revenue to meet Tiny Totos’ operating costs at scale.

What we do

  • Train women in business, leadership, early childhood development, health and data collection.
  • Invest and lend capital to improve facilities and services.
  • Sell water, sanitation, energy and cooking products and knowledge that save money and improve health to daycare clients.

Why we do it

300,000+ children under 4 suffer emotional, physical and developmental neglect from unregulated, substandard daycares

There are an estimated 5,000 unregulated, private, primarily homebased daycares in the slums representing 80% of all institutions providing any type of childcare support

With no state or private preschool care available informal, home-based daycares are often the only option available to working mothers in slums.

By improving standards in informal daycares Tiny Totos is:

  • Unlocking working mothers’ earning and career potential
  • Helping daycare owners professionalize and earn more money
  • Allowing girl siblings to go to school and pursue their futures
  • Giving preschool children in the slums a decent start in life

Sectors |

Early childhood development Women’s economic empowerment Sale of wellness products Data collection Sector mapping

Our impact

Creating a peer network so daycare managers can learn from and support each other, share standards and collectively lobby for change.

Growing partner revenue x4 on average. By January 2017 our daycares earned on average $400 USD per month; the highest earned over $800 USD

Reducing malnutrition amongst children whose parents buy meals from our partner daycares by 20%.

We have served 1,000 children to date and recorded 80,000 unique sales of daycare services


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  • Reach Out to Us

  • Tiny Totos Daycares Kenya
  • P.O Box 14473 - 00800
  • Westlands, Avellino Court, C4
  • Lower Kabete Rd, Opp Brookside Dr
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Tel: +254(0)702692699
  • Email: info@tinytotos.com