Who We Are
WAKA started as a 500 sqm. fitness facility in Kigali, Rwanda in 2014 and grew over 300% to 1000 members by 2017. In 2018, WAKA launched Africa's first-ever combined gym, co-working, cafe and event space. Before opening, all private offices were 100% subscribed, and as of July 2019 the facility reached a total of 1000 members.
Free Health for All
WAKA's new mobile application, Free Fitness, will allow for FREE access to health infrastructure for the millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa struggling with health and lifestyle related diseases
Jeannetta Craigwell-Graham, Founder, CEO
Jeannetta has over 10 years of experience developing and supporting start-ups and projects in Africa. She is an athlete and is passionate about improving the livelihoods of others.
Marcella Felde, Country Director
Marcella has lived and worked in Rwanda since 2014. She began her time in Rwanda as a community health worker trainer but her main roles have been in strengthening administration and operations for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Her educational background is in public health and she went on to earn her master's degree, in Kigali, at the University of Global Health Equity
Nathalie Bintu, Community Manager
Nathalie started as a Customer Advisor at WAKA in 2018 and quickly proved to be a talent. She now serves as the Community Manager for WAKA where she manages our work and gym communities.
WAKA also delivering impact across the entrepreneurial and health value chain in Rwanda:
With the funds we raise from this campaign, we will:
- build the minimum viable product of the Free Fitness mobile application; and
- support our existing WAKA community, which includes a team of over 25 Rwandan staff, 50 entrepreneurs and 1600 members.