Our Mission

Kijenzi puts localized, distributed manufacturing to work for institutions who do the public good. We digitize the supply chain to deliver critical, hard to get items, so that you can get back to doing what you do best… helping people.

Our Team

John Gershenson
CO-FOUNDER – Bio

Ben Savonen
CO-FOUNDER – Bio

Walker Smith
US ENGINEERING

Lucy Spicher
BIOMEDICAL PRODUCT
ENGINEERING

Magdalia Campobasso
US PRINTER OPERATIONS

Simon Lipsky
KENYA PRINTER OPERATIONS

Olivia Palmieri
OPERATIONS ENGINEERING

Edward Amoah
R&D SPARE PARTS ENGINEERING
AND ENGINEERING R&D

Isaac Opiyo
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

David Okia
SPARE PARTS ENGINEERING
AND PRINTER OPERATOR

Noel Waithaka
PRODUCT ENGINEERING
AND PRINTER OPERATOR

Dan Kats
OUTREACH

Alenna Beroza
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Our Story

It is tough to pin point the moment that Kijenzi was founded, but it is easy to pin point why. In the beginning, Ben was a grad student fresh from two years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and John was an engineering professor intent on helping him turn that experience into a graduate degree. Ben saw supply chain problems that were really holding back public institutions like schools and hospitals. They thought 3D printing could solve that problem, but 3D printers were not up to the challenge of operating in that way. John saw the ability to scale the solution into a social venture to support organizations working in the public good. “Let’s design a printer that would solve all of those problems …,” and so began a four year odyssey that eventually led them to realize what the heart of the matter was, work with some great collaborators, and get Kijenzi off the ground.

Kijenzi doesn’t make 3D printers, but what we do is make 3D printers work for the public good. We are a social venture that is mission-focused – we believe in the power of localized, distributed manufacturing to help people. Kijenzi is a team of passionate people here to help others help the world.

There have been some people along the way who have been instrumental in making the Kijenzi of today a reality, including Toby Mahan, Joshua Pearce at Michigan Tech, the Penn State Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program, our friends at VentureWell and Ben Franklin Technology PArtners, Lake Hub Kisumu, Uzima Medical College, and all of you who spent time in Kenya with us doing the leg work to get Kijenzi going.

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