Story of Impact:
For Toni Maraviglia, education is more than just her field of work; it’s her passion. After serving as a Teach for America corps member and program manager in New York City, Toni moved to Kenya and created an education program that quadrupled the passing rate for students using it. She had a product that could transform lives, but she needed a way to scale it. In 2011, Toni discovered the potential to use mobile phones to deliver curriculum to students in remote locations. This was the beginning of Eneza Education. Prior to arriving at the Unreasonable Institute, Eneza had begun to earn revenue but was very early stage. Toni and her co-founder, Kago Kagichiri, knew they needed help developing the venture’s business model, managing its technology, and doing financial modeling. But throughout the Institute, they realized their venture had more fundamental needs than they had previously realized. The core components of Eneza Education — its mission, vision, and values—had to be clearly established.
With a little help from Unreasonable, Eneza Education solidified the core of its business and is transforming education across rural Africa.
Today, Eneza Education is creating real change in classrooms throughout rural Africa. A 2014 impact study revealed that the Kariene school, which received Eneza training for teachers and content for students, went from being ranked ninth among 15 schools to being ranked second, within 8 months. Overall, the students improved 22.7% in test score points. And within two years of attending the Institute, Eneza Education has quadrupled its annual revenue.
Toni says of the Unreasonable experience, “We’ve done a lot of fellowships and programs and accelerators over the past 3 years, and the defining characteristic of Unreasonable is the deep relationships with other entrepreneurs and mentors.”