- Entrepreneurship, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
- Kajiado County
- Project: Farming in Kajiado county; training woman and girls on entrepreneurship and reduce female genital mutilization
- Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi, Alphonce Oginga
Edward was raised in a Masai village called Olgulului. He saw in his village the struggles of girls and women, especially girls who had to undergo female genital mutilisation. His goal is to not only further his education and work in agribusiness and real estate, he would also like to help change his community. Edward says, “My dream is to play an active role in my community by uplifting women and girls through job creation, empowerment and promoting education.”
- Economics, Technical University of Kenya
- Samburu County
- Project- Mentorship and improved education for girls in Samburu County
- Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi, Catherine Kabaire
Sharon is the first born in a family of six. She is majoring in Economics because she is interested in equal distribution and maximum utilization of resources for maximum yields to the people. As a teenager, Sharon was part of a youth initiative to help her community.
2012 2011 scholar, Dr. David Mundia, formed the first Kenyan dental care foundation, Dentcare Kenya. His goal is to educate communities, build capacity within communities to provide information to others and importantly, provide free oral care services. Dentcare Kenya Foundation is the only organization that is concerned with the provision of free dental care to needy Kenyans.
2014 2005 scholar Monicah Wairimu was chosen as a 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa (SET Africa) scholar. This program was launched in November 2013 to provide young social innovators across Africa with leadership skills, mentoring, networks, and funding needed to strengthen and scale up their social ventures. Monicah’s venture is training adolescent girls in Matunda, Kenya to make sanitary pads in Matunda Kenya for their own use and also to sell. This will help girls in not miss school monthly due to their periods.
SET Africa is being implemented by Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and The MasterCard Foundation. Twenty-five young leaders annually will be selected to participate in SET Africa’s yearlong Fellowship experience. http://www.setafrica.org/slide/set-africa-fellows-2014
2015 2011 scholar Kennedy Otieno and 2013 scholar Alphonce Oginga were part of a team of six called the Loconsult Group who created a winning mass housing design for the international competition-Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing. Their entry on the Kenya and African competition and came in fourth internationally. The desing transformed the Majengo-Pumwani “slum” located about .2 mi east of the Nairobi city center. Their main sustainable strategies were urban agriculture, solar energy, grey/black water treatment, and rain water harvesting. Please see the full design at http://masshousingcompetition.org/results/entry/305
As Eric said, most of us had real problems joining campus. I had worked as a teacher but had supported my younger sister to join another university. When my time came, I only had saved ksh. 20,000 which would cater for fare, fees, accommodation and upkeep. This needed more than ksh. 60,000. I thank God since the university couldn’t check my fees before admitting me. I had only paid ksh. 13,500. I missed a room. That meant I needed to rent one outside school. That would be another expense. I borrowed from every relative and friend. Only one of my brothers sent me ksh. 400. This could not help me. I opted to share beds in shifts with friends. I shared with my dean.
Just miraculously, he gave me the link to the application form for PATHWAYS. I can’t compare anything I may give you with your support in my education. I had dropped three times. I was just afraid that I wouldn’t withstand the pressure.
You brought light in darkness. You brought life in death. Your support has kept me breathing.
I am not sure I can be grateful. I have much more to share.