Communities

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: Tanzania

Yared Fubusa’s Gombe School of Environment and Society is improving conditions for people and wildlife through education that promotes self-reliance, economic and cultural vitality, human health and peace.

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: The City Garbage Recyclers

Adrew Macharia passed away in 2011, but his work and the management of the Nairobi City Garbage Collectors continues under the management of his daughter Hellen Mumbi Macharia.
A former truck driver who has for years been keenly aware of garbage piled up along the roadsides, Andrew Macharia is stimulating citizens to respond to the waste management crises that face most East African...

Country: Kenya

Bob Munro, creator of the Mathare Youth Sports Association, is one of the first people in the world to successfully unite sports and development. Through his organization, Bob has not only fostered young leaders, he has inspired them to change their communities for the better.

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
Organization: CREAW

In Kenya, Ann Njogu has paved the way for women who are the victims of sexual and gender based violence to find justice and for the innocent to be protected. A serial entrepreneur, she has done this by organizing creative grassroots media campaigns and by sharing simplified versions of relevant laws and legislation like the Sexual Offences Act. Over the past decade, Ann has emerged as a...

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

Father Paul Okoth is curbing domestic abuse by implementing a series of male-focused psychological, social, and economic interventions that go beyond traditional and largely ineffective punitive measures. His men’s clubs are already playing a significant role in protecting women and reconciling families, reducing domestic violence, and promoting economic development.

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: Kenya

Starting with his own Maasai community, Dennis Ole Sonkoi is helping pastoralists recognize and capitalize on the economic value of their livestock and other local resources, thus turning their increasingly threatened way of life into a sustainable source of income.

Country: Uganda

Atuki Turner is reducing gender violence by making it a community problem rather than private one, and then equipping communities to stop it.

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