25. Robert Njue Namu (31)
Robert Njue has lived in Mathare slums in Nairobi in abject poverty, something which prepared him to be who he is today. The 31-year-old financed his 2-year diploma in business administration as he tried to make a breakthrough by singing gospel songs. In 2009, he got a job with Care International and had to relocate to Meru. He helped launch table banking projects for youth and women groups. He would then finance his degree in Business Administration at the Kenya Methodist University. He is now the project director for Compassion International, an NGO which helps advocate for children’s rights and fight female genital mutilation in the Maasai Culture.
26. Daniel Maina (35)
His is a unique case I tell you. When other wannabe entrepreneurs were crying for the lack of starting capital, he went right In. He structured complex housing development projects for his first client and used the money to launch his firm. He is now co-founder of Prittworld Properties & Mortgages, a company that deals in property management, property sales, mortgage, construction finance arrangements among others. Previously, he was working with National Bank of Kenya as a credit analyst. He co-founded the company with his partenr, Florence Wambui Njihia. He envisions the company on NSE by 2025. Some of the projects he has worked on include Karen Hills Top paradise, Redhill Villa paradise, Oasis apartments and Sunset paradise apartments.
27. Wilkings Odinga Fadhili
Not many Kenyan men are into fashion. It’s only because of their better halves that they look good. However, for Wilkings, fashion is more than a passion. As the founder of Fashion Torch Africa, he uses this aspect of lifestyle to change lives by creating jobs and getting rid of poverty. The company was founded last year. In July 2015, It held the first Slum Fashion Africa (SFA) in a bid to tap and nurture hidden talent in African slums. The event was attended by designers from as far as Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania and got regional magazine coverage. He has since attracted partners from the Netherlands, South Africa and France.
28. Joshua Muthami (29)
Joshua’s dad passed away when he was young and his mum told him to always work hard to deliver results despite the circumstances he would be in. As the founder of the Procurement Technical Agribusiness Center (PTAC) International, he helps farmers get onto sustainable agriculture so as to create steady income for themselves. He has changed the lives of more than 400,000 households in 22 counties, something he considers his greatest achievement.
“I always wished to be part of a driving force that improves lives of others in the community,” he told Business Daily. “Through PTAC, I am fortunate to help families create income generating activities from which they provide basic needs such as food, shelter, health care and education for themselves,” he added.
29. Brian Sempele (29)
Brian, a seasoned violinist has loved music since he was a kid. From using his mum’s buckets and pots to make beats, he has become the first Kenyan to lead the Nairobi Orchestra. This is no mean feat. He graduated with a degree in electrical and information engineering but chose to follow his passion. He has since performed with internationally acclaimed artists, including Jacques-Gred Belebo, Dong Suk Kang, Riccardo Muti, Janusz Olejnicak, Wolfgang David, The Soweto String Quartet as well as the Grammy award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
30. Kevin Aloo (34)
When other Kenyan youth are using the internet to search for the latest music and be updated on the popping gossip, Kevin has chosen to advance in life and change the lives of others. He is the Director of Happy Feet African Sandals, a company that employs women and widows in Kibera. They make shoes from Maasai beads, leather, old-car tyres and plastic soles. He then reaches out to his clients through his Facebook page. Aloo also uses the page to inspire young people who want to make it in life. It’s also his talent spotting platform.
31. Chrispinus Otieno Onyango (27)
He is one of the youngest medical institution managers in the country. As the head of branches at Karen Hospital, he is tasked with ensuring that they operate at optimal level. His life revolves around saving lives through his managerial expertise. Chrispinus is a trained Public Accountant and started his career with the hospital as one. He used to see the problems the company was facing. When the opportunity came, he applied for the post to make changes. He oversaw the restructuring of the managerial system across the branches countrywide and despite initial protest from insiders considering his age, he is doing well.
32. Collins Nakedi (26)
Collins hails from a pastoral background so education for him was by luck.
“I was born and raised in East Pokot and I was lucky to go to school. I took the chance to work hard and in my primary school national exams, I was the top student in my district,” he revealed.
Despite having come from a humble background, he did not give up on life. He is now giving back to his community by providing solar powered tablets to schools in East Pokot. Nine schools have already benefited from the initiative. The devices are equipped with e-learning materials.
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