Adepeju Jaiyeoba

2014 Fellowship Alumna, Nigeria

A Business Solution to Deliver Life-Saving Services for Mothers in Nigeria

Nigeria has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. After one of her close friends died in childbirth, Adepeju Jaiyeoba, a 2014 Fellowship Alumna, founded Mother’s Delivery Kit to provide safe and sterile birthing equipment to communities across Nigeria.

In 2014, Adepeju was awarded a grant from the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), providing her with $25,000 in seed capital and mentorship services to grow her business. Thanks to a partnership with the Citi Foundation, USADF awarded Adepeju an additional grant of $50,000 to expand her customer base and extend operations. Her business has since doubled in size and has distributed kits to rural communities in 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states, providing safe delivery kits to more than half a million mothers. Learn more about Adepeju’s work in this story from USADF.

Adepeju Jaiyeoba is a 2014 Fellowship Alumna and the winner of the 2019 Leadership Impact Award. She contributed to the USADF Grants Management course on the Fellowship Portal, exclusively for Fellowship Alumni. Fellowship Alumni who are interested in learning more about grants management or Adepeju’s experience implementing a USADF grant can enroll in the course through the Fellowship Portal.  Learn more about the course.

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