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 2017, 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 also 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 allowed them to expand to other cities in MENA. Most recently, Jaleesa have been chosen as one of the 6 touch innovators to go through the touch Innovation Program (TIP) where they will spend the next 6 months taking their startup ideas to the next level.