Clean Start Africa is an award-winning social enterprise.
Our mission is to work with women, girls and children impacted by the criminal justice system, to restore dignity and hope for successful reintegration.
We are addressing systemic and socio-economic injustices that lead to the imprisonment of the vulnerable and poor, through advocacy, bridging the capacity gap to mitigate the limited capacity of prisons to rehabilitate and reform inmates.
women prisons in Kenya out of 134 establishments and institutions
of imprisoned women in Kenya are single parents and breadwinners
of imprisoned women are aged between 20 and 39 years of age
of imprisoned mums don't know the whereabouts of their children
“I am motivated to leave behind a legacy of a bold contributor who streamlined social change, breaking the high rates of recidivism in Africa and one that contributed to growing Kenya’s restorative justice programs and a more equitable, inclusive and just world.”
After being falsely accused of, maliciously prosecuted, and sentenced for a crime she didn’t commit, Clean Start Founder and CEO Teresa Njoroge served a one-year sentence at the Langata Women Maximum Security Prison, Nairobi, Kenya. She was accompanied by her then three-month-old daughter.
This experience however, inspired the Inaugural Ford Foundation Global Fellow and TED Women 2017 Speaker, to devote her life to equipping and empowering imprisoned and formerly imprisoned women for the precarious journey of reintegration back into society.
Thanks to the Ufunuo Program, I am ready for an extreme makeover from what I have learned here. I am happier. I can now laugh with my children. - Eunic
If it wasn't for Clean Start, I wouldn't have heard of Buildher, trained as a carpenter or been able to provide for my family. Thank you so much, Clean Start. - Jane Kiio
Written by Audrey Masitsa Emma was arrested and charged with hawking without a license. The married mother of two headed into town hoping to sell a few of her wares to provide for her family. Little did she know that this day wouldn’t turn out as she had hoped. Caught...
Written by Audrey Masitsa Betty Khaguhia is a businesswoman and formerly imprisoned woman, a title she embraced upon completing the Ufunuo Program on the Outside earlier this year. “I will now wear the title of formerly imprisoned women with pride because I’m no...
While in New York earlier this year, Clean Start Founder and CEO Teresa Njoroge met with Clean Start friend and partner Susan Burton. Ms. Burton is the founder of A New Way of Life, a non-profit organization based in California, USA, that provides housing and other...
Launch of Clean Start’s Research Report on Access and Administration of Justice for Women who Commit Petty Offences
Written by Audrey Masitsa Do you know from what age we incarcerate children in Kenya? 10? 8? No, conception. The practical reality is that we have children who are born in prison and who, until the age of four, are in prisons with their mothers. It’s a proven fact...