A Kenyan has been named the Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year at this year’s Youth Business International’s Awards supported by Barclays.
Susan Ogwengo from Kibera, Nairobi received the award at a ceremony in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday last week. The 32-year old’s, start-up Jamii Academy, beat out entries from more than 80 other young people.
Ogwengo who grew up in a family of 26 children, started Jamii Academy, a day care centre in Kibera slum in December 2013.
While speaking about her win and trip to the UAE Ogwengo said: “I am happy about this trip. It is a big opportunity to go out of Kenya and meet other entrepreneurs and learn from them. I would like to thank the Kenya Youth Business Trust for bringing me this far to realize this achievement,”
In a statement YBI said the award demonstrates the impact young entrepreneurs around the world can have on local communities, through creating jobs and encouraging innovation.
Ogwengo was recognised for the success of her business which provided a daycare centre to working parents in the informal settlement and also providing employment for members of her community in teaching and childcare.
“We are delighted to have Susan as one of our category winners this year. She truly deserves to be recognised as an exceptional young entrepreneur, and her achievements demonstrate how young people can create jobs, and make the world a better place to live. Through the Young Entrepreneur Awards, YBI and Barclays are promoting entrepreneurship and encouraging other young people to consider self- employment.” Andrew Devenport, Youth Business International Chief Executive said while congratulating Ogwengo
“Life for young people in the informal settlements in Kenya is generally difficult and especially for women. It’s quite incredible to see a young woman operating a business in such exceptionally difficult conditions, beating all odds to emerge a winner in such a competitive contest,” Olivia Agutu, KYBT’s Programme Manager said.