Melissa is a social entrepreneur living in Nairobi as Founder of Access Afya, an innovative healthcare company bringing primary care clinics to the slums using a community focused, self-sustaining model. Melissa’s career started in international development, where she worked on community development and health programs in Kenya and Jordan. Later, she became interested in addressing poverty and inequality on a systematic level and studied social enterprise and finance while obtaining her Masters in Public Service from New York University. While in New York, Melissa worked in economic development consulting and renewable energy finance.
She co-founded Access Afya in May 2012 and raised seed funding, hired a Kenyan team, established a pilot, and is working on growing the organization. Her work has been recognized by the William James Foundation’s Sustainable Business Plan Competition, the Cartier Women’s Initiative, and Village Capital. Melissa is also a board member for the Young Women Social Entrepreneurs Nairobi, which holds events showcasing and networking women in business.