Kenneth Koome

  • University of Nairobi, Actuarial Science
  • Project:
  • Meru
  • Mentors: Jemimah Peters, Catherine Kaimenyi

Ken is one of 3 children being raised by a single mother.  He is grateful for the support his mother has given him despite the extreme poverty he and others in his community experienced.  He says, “Going through these challenges taught me resilience and hard work. I learned that absolutely nothing comes freely. I also appreciated the value of paving my own way instead of following the crowd. This really took part in helping me to overcome. Later, I started seeing the value and sweetness of education, which is lacking in our society. Accordingly, I set myself to give back to my society. This is through offering mentorship and showing pupils that great life awaits them if they work hard, and helping the needy according to my means. Giving back to society is one of my missions in life.”


Denis James Opiyo

  • Jomo Kenyatta University Agriculture and Technology, Applied Bioengineering
  • Project: Women’s group farming
  • Busia County
  • Mentors: Isaac Ngere, Catherine Kaimenyi

Denis comes from a poor family who did not have funds even for shoes when he was a child.  In PATHWAYS, he has organized a women’s group in his community which is focused on farming, with an eye towards regenerative agriculture. Denis says “I am a role model and I will continue being a mentor to many in the community, schools, university and society in general. I will make people understand the importance and the worth of being a leader, the importance of serving people which is the supreme role of a leader.”


Moses Nyambura

  • University of Nairobi, Actuarial Science
  • Project: Tree growing, youth mentorship
  • Kiambu
  • Mentors: Hussein Abdulla, Catherine Kaimenyi

Moses lives with his 2 siblings as his parents have passed away.  He serves as a community leader in Kiambu County working with a team of university students.  He is committed to giving back to society.  Right now he is involved in a mentoring program to keep youth motivated and a program to organize his university club group to plant and grow trees in children’s homes and schools.   Moses says, “I have learnt a lot from my mistakes and from my failures. I never regard my failure and my humble background as a curse rather an opportunity to improve and to improvise. What I myself regard life is a total pot of opportunities. One has to harness one’s skills and abilities to the maximum of one’s capacity. For every problem there is a solution. I regard life as a blessing, a gift to humanity. One should strive hard to improve not only his lot but for his fellow beings.”

Dennis Murimi

  • Jomo KenyattaUniversity of Agriculture and Technology
  • Project:
  • Thoroko Nithi County
  • Mentors: Ken Otieno, Catherine Kaimenyi

Dennis is the last born of 3 children. His core values include honesty, respect and responsibility.  Dennis’s project is tree planting in Tharaka Nithi County.