On the 17th of February, Kajire Girls high school based in Taita Taveta County emerged the winners at the Diamond Africa challenge, held in Elgeyo Marakwet. The competition, run by Startup africa essentially connects, mentors and builds skills especially for the students, youth and women besides spurring the entrepreneurship engagement.
[epq-quote align=”align-left”]“We have invested quite a bit in the Taita Taveta schools enhancing technical job and business skills of students and growing startups at this early stage. Our project gives them the same opportunities often unavailable due to remote location. What a joy to see this paying off. -David Ogiga, DIRECTOR Sote HUB[/epq-quote] Kajire Girls alongside Murray Girls, both beneficiaries of the Sote ICT schools program and Sote Hub enrolled for the September 2017 edition and impressively made it through a list of 90 submissions nationally to emerge at finals held at Maria Soti Girls High school.
Kajire emerged the winners at the Business idea category and ranked the best overall too.
The team of 4 ladies Joyce Mtoto, Sandra Lukindo,Nancy Wairimu and Macrina Antonia guided by their teacher Mr. Ezra Abuga have often prominently featured in various editions of the Trade Fair held annually by the Sote ICT, a platform though which they have undoubtedly mastered the art of idea generation, pitching, general presentation among other skills. These skills came in handy during the challenge.
The Kajire students’ innovation was in a sensor that generates mobile alerts and alarms to Kenya Wildlife Services rangers and villagers ensuring real time response before elephants cause damage to properties. This minimizes the human-elephant conflict in wildlife conservation regions such as the Tsavo where both schools are apparently located. It has an integration of motion sensors and GSM.
Armed with their prototype and polished pitch deck skills, Kajire emerged the best nationally and now proceeds to the University of Delaware in the Unites States of America in April for the global challenge.
Sandra Lukindo one of the champions expressed her excitement on winning and attributed the success to dedication, hard work from her team members and great support from her teacher Ezra and Principal Phydiliah Kilimo.
”Every day we face challenges of elephant conflicts, loosing families and properties. Instead of conservation being a joy, it has turned into a pain for most of our families. This inspired us to come up with a solution. Through the guidance of our teachers, mentorship and support Sote Hub we got the confidence of taking on anyone at whichever level” she added.
In his remarks, Mr. Abuga the ICT Patron and mentor at Kajire said it was a pleasant surprise to win the crown. ‘A bigger tasks awaits us in USA and therefore we have no time to celebrate but rather to embark on refining our product.’ He said
David Ogiga, the Director of Sote ICT and Sote Hub expressed his delight too.
“We have invested quite a bit in the Taita Taveta schools enhancing technical job and business skills of students and growing startups at this early stage. Our project gives them the same opportunities often unavailable due to remote location. What a joy to see this paying off. ’’
The girls giving their presentation at the event on 17th April
Ahead of their April USA trip, they are expected to pay courtesy calls to the Taita Taveta County Governor H.E Granton Samboja, Deputy Governor, H.E. Majala Mlagui and Slovak Ambassador to Kenya H.E Frantisek Dlhopolcek. Slovakia Government through Slovak Aid has financially supported the Sote ICT Project since 2010.
Bravo to Kajire Girls and to Murray Girls for representing the county well.
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