Jaleesa Secures $40,000 from World Bank

Lynn Bizri, May 05 2017

Jaleesa, a Lebanon-based social impact business that connects busy parents with experienced, trusted child carers, has secured a $40,000 equity-free contribution from the World Bank.

The World Bank contribution came as part of a $200,000 seed round currently being raised by Jaleesa, which will contribute to further development of Jaleesa’s high quality child care, and expansion to other cities in MENA.

The contribution is also part of WeMENA, an initiative that supports women social entrepreneurs to build resilience in cities across MENA. Jaleesa was selected from among 2,000 women-led startups from across the region, and won second prize in the WeMENA final in Casablanca, Morocco in April. Jaleesa’s participation in the competition was sponsored by Altcity’s Bootcamp, from which Jaleesa graduated in September 2016.

Since inception, Jaleesa has delivered over 1,200 hours of trusted child care. Their mission, which is to help women work, is accomplished in three ways:

1. By offering flexible, trusted child care for a modern generation of mothers

2. By recruiting child carers from all backgrounds in Lebanon

3. By subsidizing child care for underprivileged families so more women can enter the workforce.

Parents can meet their babysitter or nanny through the Jaleesa website, and once they have chosen their sitter, can book any of the flexible hourly rates, bundles or subscriptions. All Jaleesa child carers go through a four-step security and training process, including full background checks, and training in first aid, CPR, and child development.

While Jaleesa is one of its kind in the region, global competitors with similar models, such as Helpr, Poppy and Zum, do exist. 

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