Economic Development

Country: Uganda

Maria Baryamujura is developing community-based tourism that allows people to use their culture and livelihoods to benefit from tourism, create sustainable rural lifestyles, and expand tourism offerings to capitalize on the growing sector in Uganda.

Country: Kenya
Organization: ETANG Kenya

Patrick is helping Kenyan consumers, many of them farmers, to connect with technologies that will allow them to increase the earnings from their farms and small-scale business ventures.

Country: Kenya
Organization: Honey Care Africa

Farouk Jiwa, frustrated with the inefficiency of traditional development models, combines business savvy with NGO’s skills in outreach and training to transform small farmers into diversified business owners, while building one of the largest social enterprises in Africa. Through Honey Care Africa, Farouk has shown how to sustainably increase the income levels of farming communities throughout...

Country: Kenya
Organization: Youth Banner

Wamuyu Mahinda is catalyzing entrepreneurship among Kenya’s rural and urban youth by focusing on re-designing the entire infrastructure that these youth-led businesses need to grow to scale, while inspiring youth from disadvantaged groups to engage in entrepreneurship.

Country: Kenya

By facilitating the flow of information between small-scale farmers and commodity markets, Adrian Mukhebi is increasing farmers’ negotiating power and improving rural food distribution and household food security.

Country: Kenya
Organization: Jamii Bora

Ingrid Munro founded Jamii Bora in 1999.  Today, it is the largest and fastest growing microfinance institution in East Africa and has created the platform for an integrated economic and social movement that is transforming the lives of destitute slum dwellers, the poorest of the urban poor.

Country: Kenya
Organization: Technology for Tomorrow

Girls in East Africa who can’t afford sanitary products are forced to miss school and many end up dropping out altogether. Dr. Moses Musaazi is reducing the rate of absenteeism among school girls in poor urban and rural communities by increasing access to affordable sanitary pads. Working with engineering students in Kenya, Moses developed a way to manufacture sanitary pads locally and out...

Country: Kenya

James Nguo is providing an integrated solution to improving the quality of life in rural East Africa by establishing a network of knowledge hubs which serve to increase access to agro-information for farmers, increase the capacity of extension workers in supporting farmers, and create employment opportunities for rural youth. 

Country: Kenya
Organization: Green Power

Ndiga Nyaga has developed an initiative that brings electricity to underserved rural populations in Kenya. By empowering communities to come together and invest in the construction and operation of local hydroelectric power plants and distribution networks, Nyaga is helping increase the quality of life as well as productivity of individuals living in rural areas.

Country: Uganda
Organization: Rockford Harris Group

Shaka Robert is boosting rural economic development by developing a model of professional volunteerism that channels energy and ideas into eradicating poverty.

Country: Uganda
Organization: East and Central Uganda Integrated Farmers Union (ECUIFA)

Benon Sebina is overturning the top-down approach to rural development by stimulating farmers to work together to identify creative solutions that rely on local resources.

Country: Tanzania

Starting in northwestern Tanzania, Joseph Sekiku is improving economic possibilities for small-scale farmers by giving them greater control over their products post-production and greater access to global markets. By doing so he equips farmers to make their own decisions about their business rather than be directed and exploited by middlemen.

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