Jacinta Moraa and Bernice Kariuki beat 36 contestants in the recently concluded Jenga Bizna Challenge and the Tujiajiri Investment Challenge held respectively in Eldoret and Nairobi. Moraa has developed an antibacterial soap to aid in reduction of cholera while Kariuki is running a poultry business.
Since the DOT business competitions begun this was the first time women, clinched the top prizes. The competitions were the fourth and fifth in a series of business competitions organised regionally. Held at the Wagon Wheel Hotel in Eldoret on 8th November, the Jenga Bizna challenge had 23 contestants.
Jacinta was declared number 1 and she received this award for her business in making antibacterial bar soaps and petroleum jellies, a venture she branched into after a cholera outbreak in her area. Her business has allowed her to increase her customer base as her products are cheaper in price compared to other antiseptics.
In the Nairobi competition dubbed Tujiajiri Investment Challenge held on 24th November, Bernice has a chicken rearing business and beat 13 other contestants to clint the top prize. She is maximising utility using minimum resources by selling eggs, selling two week old chicks, using chicken droppings into manure and as pig feed. Both events featured 13 participants each who had gone through the DOT programs, StartUp! and ReachUp!, after which they had started their businesses or had come up with a plan to start their businesses. Their businesses were created to solve problems within the community such as health, environment, nutrition, access to information, access to markets, and youth employment issues.
The top four businesses in each region were awarded cash prizes that would be reinvested in their businesses.
Jacinta (L) gives a speech after being declared the winner (R), Bernice receives a certificate from one of the judges.
Number two in Eldoret was Justan Kimani who started a bakery business where he makes healthy wholemeal bread Afya Bread from unprocessed raw materials. Through his business he has been able to get tenders at various hotels and supermarkets. The third winner of the day Tabitha Mwangi of Tabito Fashion and Design has excelled in making beaded African décor for homes/hotels/offices and accessories. Through the use of beads she has been able to develop unique branded pieces she has sold around Naivasha to organizations and individuals. The judges also provided an award to Nick Towett the creator of Tutor Connect an online platform which aims to link parents with tutors for primary school.
Justan presents his business idea (top), displays some of his products (bottom left) and receives his certificate (bottom right).
|Tabitha displays her products (top), a sample of her beaded table tray (bottom left) and she receives her certificate (bottom right).||Nick displays his online platform 'Tutor Connect' (top) and he receives his certificate (bottom).|
Number two in Nairobi was Stephen Edgar Onyango of Edgar’s shoes. He makes shoes out of used car tyres he was followed by Elizabeth Ndolo of Quezebec salon that specialises in dreadlocks and hair piece braiding. The judges also provided an award to Pius Joseph Otieno of Orodha Recycling. He earns a living by recycling waste from Dandora dumpsite.
|Stephen Edgar Onyango after presenting his business idea to the judges.||Elizabeth Ndolo makes her presentation on the salon business that she started after the DOT training. ||Joseph displays some of the items he recycles. He received the judges commendation. |