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August 31, 2023


Through their unwavering commitment, these individuals are tackling the nation’s most pressing challenges and driving innovation across sectors.

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Spotlight on change-makers, building a better Kenya

Spotlight on change-makers, building a better Kenya

SUSO changemakers driving change on climate change and biodiversity

Young Kenyan change-makers are moving from the popular helpless cry of “serikali saidia” (government please help) and driving the change they want to see in their communities and beyond.

Building a brighter Kenya, one change-maker at a time

Through their unwavering commitment, these individuals are tackling the nation’s most pressing challenges and driving innovation across sectors. Whether in education, healthcare, agriculture, technology, or culture, their stories stand as an inspiration to all Kenyans and the world at large.  Their stories are a testament that indeed “you can be the change you want to see”.

Empowering communities through education – Tabitha Wanjiku

Education has been at the heart of Kenya’s transformation and change-maker Tabitha Wanjiku has been determined to enable children in rural Kenya to access education. With a background in education and social work, Wanjiku founded the “Rural Kids Foundation,” a non-profit organization focused on bringing quality education to underserved rural areas.

Through innovative teaching methods, technology integration, and community engagement, Wanjiku’s foundation has reached thousands of children, providing them with the tools to break the cycle of poverty and contribute to Kenya’s growth.

Revolutionizing healthcare – Dr. Kwame Maina

Dr. Kwame Maina, a visionary in the medical field, has been a driving force in making quality healthcare accessible to all Kenyans. As the founder of “HealthConnect,” an innovative telemedicine platform, Dr. Maina has bridged the gap between urban medical expertise and rural healthcare needs.

Through virtual consultations and medical outreach programs, he’s revolutionizing the healthcare landscape, ensuring that even the remotest corners of Kenya receive the medical attention they deserve.

Sustainable agriculture for a greener tomorrow – Wangari Kamau

In a nation where agriculture forms the backbone of the economy, Wangari Kamau has emerged as a leader in sustainable farming practices. Recognizing the pressing need to balance agricultural productivity with environmental conservation, Kamau founded “GreenHarvest,” an organization that promotes eco-friendly farming techniques. By offering training, resources, and support to farmers, Kamau is spearheading a movement towards sustainable agriculture that safeguards Kenya’s natural resources for generations to come.

Fintech for all – Collins Odhiambo

Nairobi is known as Kenya’s hub of tech and innovation; the ‘silicon savannah’ if you like. New innovators like Collins Odhiambo are driving the winds of change. With a passion for financial inclusion, Odhiambo co-founded “MobiFinance,” a fintech start-up that aims to provide digital financial services to the unbanked and underbanked populations.

Through mobile apps and innovative payment solutions, Odhiambo’s venture is not only transforming the way Kenyans manage their finances but also levelling the playing field for economic participation.

Preserving cultural heritage – Amina Hassan

While embracing progress, it’s equally vital to cherish one’s cultural heritage. Amina Hassan, an advocate for preserving Kenya’s diverse cultural legacy, founded “HeritageKenya,” an organization dedicated to safeguarding traditional art, music, and practices. By collaborating with local communities and artists, Hassan is ensuring that Kenya’s rich culture and heritage remain vibrant amidst the currents of modernization.


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