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Hand in Hand Eastern Africa organized a youth entrepreneurship competition that brought together finalists from 22 counties.They pitched their ideas before judges where 4 winners were selected to go and meet other youth entrepreneurs in Sweden May 2017.
Judges at work
The winners of the competition who will travel to Sweden to connect with other successful entrepreneurs and learn more about business are:
1.Jonah Gichuhi- An innovator in tanning leather to make products like bags and clothes. This will avoid importation of such products and thus support the growth of local industries.
2. Catherine Wangari- An innovator for a mobile application that seeks to encourage people to save. The application targets those who earn less than $2 per day
3. Edwin Muriuki – A developer in bar codes application that will help rural farmers in marketing their products in the markets and earn an income.
4. Patrick Mutinda Charles – Uses recycled cartons to make architectural designs for houses, churches, malls and makes beautiful decorations from old cartons
Violet Mbiti,Founder of Youth County Projects Kenya and Vijana Network International is an Advisory Council Board Member of Hand in Hand Eastern Africa youth project.She was also a judge at the competition