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
Jane Kiio during her graduation from Clean Start's Ufunuo Program on the outside. Written by Audrey Masitsa Jane Kiio is the embodiment of this year’s International Women’s Day of #BreakTheBias. The 52-year-old mother and grandmother has withstood travesty and risen...
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Written by Audrey Masitsa It’s a new dawn for children of incarcerated mothers as the Kenya Prisons Service recently launched the Policy on Care of Children of Incarcerated Mothers. The policy provides a framework for creating a conducive environment for the...
Written by Irungu Houghton Azimio la Umoja coalition’s decision to petition last week’s election places another checkpoint on the Kenya Kwanza road towards a hustler nation. Given both party alliances’ commitments to a clean start for a justice system that still...