Firstly Aleke Dondo, aka the grandfather of microfinance in East Africa, founded Juhidi Kilimo which focuses on offering essential asset and life insurance to the borrower at the smallest cost possible. Their main clients are women who support their families through the business of agriculture; which is the primary source of employment for 60-75% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa. It goes without saying, the client base needs the product that Juhidi Kilimo are selling.
Secondly Juliana Rotisch of Ushahidi, (who has been featured in the Inspire Afrika Magazine,) has a business aims to democratize information which in turn increases transparency and decreases the barriers for communities as well as individuals to share their stories and experiences no matter the content. This has been extremely useful in her home country of Kenya, one of the most infamous countries in relation to silencing people on issues such as corruption and election rigging.
Olivia Van Rooyen of Kuyasa Fund in South Africa is centred on supplying demand-led, short-term loans to assist with the costs of incremental building; as well as providing an avenue for the poor to build social and financial capital through investment in the housing sector.
Lastly but certainly not least is Evans Wadongo of Sustainable Development for All (SDfA), through his business Wadongo is lighting up Kenya. SDfA’s lanterns are from scrap metal and other materials which are easily accessible and easy to assemble. Benefactors of these lanterns are all of the school children who need light to study at night.