SHOFCO’s innovative model is changing the way we think about the solutions to urban poverty. Shining Hope for Communities combats extreme poverty and gender inequality by linking schools for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for the urban poor such as healthcare, WASH and economic empowerment programing. In the SHOFCO model, a girls’ school becomes a portal for large-scale social change. Placing a school for girls in the center of valuable social services has tremendous potential for scaled impact—essential for the 95% of future population growth predicted to occur in the urban areas of developing countries. SHOFCO is poised to address this reality with an urban movement that transforms communities.