5. Eric Muthomi
The 26 year-old Kenyan entrepreneur is the founder of Stawi Foods and Fruits. An innovative start-up which procures bananas from smallholder farm.
Wadongo, a 32 year-old Kenyan engineer designed a solar-powered LED lantern called MwangaBora (Swahili for “Good Light”). It is an invention which is fast replacing smoky kerosene lamps and firelight in rural Kenya.
He has been distributing thousands of these lanterns throughout rural Kenya where there is little or no electricity.
He has an organization called Sustainable Development For All (SDFA). SDFA sponsors an empowerment initiative that teaches poor Kenyans how to reproduce these solar lanterns and sell for profit.