Women

Country: Kenya
Organization: Changamka Microhealth

The majority of Kenyans do not have access to health insurance due to prohibitive pricing and an outdated coverage model that predominantly caters to formally employed individuals. Sam Agutu is revolutionizing the health insurance industry by leveraging mobile technology platforms to allow individuals to electronically save and pay for healthcare in an affordable and convenient manner.

Country: Uganda
Organization: Empowering Hands

In the midst of the civil war that has devastated northern Uganda for more than two decades, Milly Auma is helping women who were once held captive by the Lord’s Resistance Army return to their communities and rebuild their lives. For ten years Milly lived in captivity and she now uses her personal experiences to inform her organization’s counseling services and economic programs.

Country: Uganda
Organization: Terrewode

Starting in the Teso sub-region of northern Uganda, Alice Emasu is transforming the social architecture of largely patriarchal rural communities by enabling women to be land owners. Alice believes that unlocking the ability of rural farming women to own land is absolutely critical to their economic development. 

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
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

Starting in Kenya’s urban slums, Stella is building diverse networks of support for young unwed mothers, to keep them healthy, educated, and integrated into society.

Country: Uganda

Focusing first on infertility, an unaddressed and complex problem in much of Africa, Rita Sembuya is helping citizens to voice their concerns in discussions of how, what, and to whom healthcare services are made available.

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.

Country: Kenya
Organization: Center of Human Rights and Democracy

Kennedy Wafula is combating the practice of forced female circumcision, which is still prevalent in many parts of Africa. He joins conventional approaches, including community monitoring and awareness efforts, with civil litigation to deliver girls safely to age 18, when they are legally adults and equipped to make decisions about their bodies.

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