Global Give Back Circle

The program provides Kenyan girls from disadvantaged backgrounds—many of them orphans—the skills, self-confidence, and support to escape the cycle of poverty themselves and in the next generation, as well.

Global Give Back Circle

The Global Give Back Circle integrates mentoring, private sector investment and local community support in a circle of empowerment that guides a disadvantaged girl to complete her educational journey, gain employable skills and become an agent of change herself. Girls receive scholarships and mentorship, and in return have to offer voluntary service to their community while mentoring the next generation of scholarship awardees. Over 21 partners from the public and private sectors support the project, including Microsoft, Safaricom, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, MasterCard Foundation, Equity Bank, Deloitte Kenya, KPMG Kenya, PWC Kenya, Barclays Bank Kenya, Ernst & Young USA and USAID.

Launched in 2008 as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment, the Global Give Back Circle provides girls from disadvantaged backgrounds—many of them orphans—with the skills, savvy and support they need to escape the cycle of poverty. Girls are also empowered to lend a helping hand to the next generation.

The program matches each young woman with a mentor, either an American or a Kenyan professional woman, who maintains an open channel of communication throughout the program. Mentors provide advice to the girls to facilitate thoughtful decision-making about social, academic and professional choices. In addition to financial support for secondary school and university, the project provides special courses in managing personal finances and other life skills, and using information and communications technology.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment...

  • Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF)

    Kenya | Staff size: 26-50

    The Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) is a Kenyan public foundation that supports community driven development initiatives. They were founded to promote the sustainable development...

  • Equity Bank

    Investment & Finance
    Kenya | Staff size: Unknown

    We exist to transform the lives and livelihoods of our people socially and economically by providing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their...

  • Microsoft Corporation

    Service Providers, Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Microsoft provides support to communities in three ways: technology skills training, strengthening nongovernmental organizations through technology, and engaging our employees in their...

  • Nestlé

    Service Providers
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    As the leading nutrition, health and wellness company, we are committed to enhancing people’s lives, everywhere, every day. We strive to make our brands tastier and healthier choices that...

  • Citi Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and...

  • KPMG

    Development Consulting, Service Providers
    Netherlands | Staff size: 10,000+

    KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Advisory and Tax services. With local expertise in each country, KPMG is one of the most experienced providers of...

  • Deloitte Consulting LLP

    Development Consulting, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Deloitte is a globally recognized, U.S.-based professional services organization with a business practice devoted to promoting economic development and poverty reduction in emerging...

  • Standard Chartered Bank

    Investment & Finance
    Staff size: 10,000+

    Standard Chartered PLC is a an international banking group, with around 86,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. They bank the people and...

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Key Information

LocationKenya, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2008
  • End Date 2017
  • ValueUSD 8.69 Million