We support entrepreneurs from idea generation to venture creation.
Jasiri is one of the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropies programs in Eastern Africa that invests in, guides and supports entrepreneurs and early stage startups who benefit society by creating high impact businesses on the African continent. Our vision is an empowered, prosperous, productively engaged African citizenry thriving in ethical societies with dignity and hope. Our Mission is to attack poverty by investing in, nurturing and empowering responsible entrepreneurs and leaders who benefit society by helping to accelerate meaningful employment creation, while embodying the values and behaviors of ethical leadership. Our values are long-term commitment, spirit of humility and significance, excellence, responsible stewards, and diversity and inclusion.
An empowered, prosperous, productively engaged African citizenry thriving in ethical societies with dignity and hope.
We attack poverty by investing in, nurturing and empowering responsible entrepreneurs and leaders who benefit society by helping to accelerate meaningful employment creation while embodying the values and behaviours of ethical leadership.
“Businesses can and should be a force for the common good by offering their customers and clients great value for money, acting ethically, creating good employment opportunities, raising efficiency through innovation and thereby earning a profit while contributing to the welfare of others.”
– Mr. Allan Gray
Gray Philanthropy believes that businesses can and should be a force for the common good, This was the dream of the late Mr. Gray who founded an investment management firm, Allan Gray Ltd, in 1973. Allan Gray Ltd takes a client-centric, long-term investment approach which has seen the company grow into one of the largest of its kind on the continent. Gray Philanthropy is convinced that the biggest challenge facing our continent is youth unemployment, and that focused support of entrepreneurship is the greatest driver for job creation and meaningful employment. The Philanthropy intends to pursue a long-term strategy of developing exceptional and responsible entrepreneurs in East Africa, starting with JASIRI. Existing philanthropic activities initiated by the Gray family support a community of over 1000 potential and actual entrepreneurs who between them have started businesses collectively worth an estimated 150M USD.
There are numerous initiatives across the ecosystem, some of which include: