University: Harvard University
Languages: English, Swahili
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Biography: I am a sophomore at Harvard University majoring in Economics and the co-founder of Agricoop, a platform that empowers small farmers with resources to get their produce to costumers without dependence on middlemen. My co-founder is my 2015 FGL Fellow, Zayan Faiyad.
I was born and raised in Kericho, Kenya until the end of elementary school, and I later moved to Thika, Kenya (300km away) for secondary school. I joined Harvard in August 2014 after a 1-year experience at a Equity Bank which was an eye opener, as I learnt more about banking systems; I was introduced to the flow of money in the economy, client satisfaction, business communication skills, customer service and profit maximization, among others.
I also took part in mentoring high school students and in choosing a few 8th graders to be sponsored by Equity Group Foundation throughout their High school studies. This involved visiting remote parts of the country, reading through students’ applications and interviewing the very best candidates. Through this experience, I was introduced to the inequality in education and healthcare that Kenya faced and resolved to help bridge these gaps.
This is why I am interested in the economy and how we may tackle poverty and women issues with social enterprise. I study Economics, to better understand money flow in the economy, poverty causes and cycles, and how to be of help to marginalized community. My new organization, Agricoop, will help farmers in Bangladesh in the short-term and in the long-term extend to other countries.
I am also a pre-medicine candidate as I am interested in issues in public health and epidemiology.