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Founded by An­gela Solomon, Has­san Bay­lon and Stephanie D’arc Tay­lor, Jaleesa is a Le­banon-based so­cial im­pact busi­ness that con­nects busy par­ents with ex­pe­ri­enced, trusted, child car­ers. Their mis­sion is to em­power women to work in three ways: 1) by of­fer­ing flex­i­ble, trusted child­care for a mod­ern gen­er­a­tion of moth­ers, 2) by re­cruit­ing child car­ers from all back­grounds in Le­banon, and 3) by sub­si­diz­ing child­care for un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies so more women can en­ter the work­force. Par­ents can browse through the avail­able sit­ters on Jaleesa web­site, mes­sage and meet them, and once they have cho­sen their sit­ter, can book any of the flex­i­ble hourly rates, bun­dles, or sub­scrip­tions. Sit­ters set their own rates de­pend­ing on their qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence. All Jaleesa child­car­ers go through a four-step se­cu­rity and train­ing process, in­clud­ing 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 do ex­ist.

In April, the startup was se­lected among 2,000 women-led star­tups from across the re­gion, and won sec­ond prize in the WEMENA fi­nal in Casablanca. Jaleesa’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion was spon­sored by Altc­ity’s Boot­camp, which Jaleesa grad­u­ated from in Septem­ber 2016. In May 2017, Jaleesa se­cured a $40K eq­uity-free con­tri­bu­tion from the World Bank as part of a $200K seed round which will con­trib­ute to the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of their high qual­ity child care, and al­low them to ex­pand to other cities in MENA.

Coun­try: Le­banon Launched: 2016 Cat­e­gory: Child­care

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