Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a woman born and raised in Kisumu, Kenya. My educational background is in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource and Strategic Management and I have approximately 10 years’ experience working with local communities in and around the Lake Victoria area.
Growing up, my mum sold fish to sustain our family. As the fish industry started to decline in Kisumu, I witnessed her and other women in the same business suffer. Through my volunteer work around the Lake, I interacted with many women fishmongers just like my mum and kept seeing similar patterns occurring. I therefore conceptualized WISE, knowing that I wanted to do something which focused not only on helping women address the challenges they faced in their community, but that also helped secure their livelihoods. Through my work, I have become an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship programme, and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), undertaken the Business & Entrepreneurship track at Rutgers - the state university of New Jersey – and was also recognized among the 100 most inspiring young leaders in Africa by Positive Youths Africa (PYA) in 2017.