Last fall, YWI spent a fantastic three months in East Africa.
Diane came away with new video of six young innovators in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, an upcoming feature story on NPR, and an exciting new partner.
See a sneak peak of our upcoming 10-episode webseries about CEO Jodie Wu! We’re editing four years of video about Jodie’s roller coaster ride with Global Cycle Solutions — to prove that her for-profit model will raise incomes and self-sufficiency for Tanzanians.
Please spread the word and share Jodie’s story with your friends.
NPR will feature Payan ole-MoiYoi’s Kenya Stove this spring!
In March, Payan launches his new sales campaign for stove design #6. NPR will be there to document Payan’s rollout of his new affordable stove. Payan returned to Nairobi after studying at Princeton and becoming an engineer. See why at YWI’s website!
Margaret Cosma, Payan’s single-minded sales director, does whatever it takes to make Kenya Stove’s launch succeed.
Media for Development International
YWI is happy to announce our new media partner in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Media for Development International, with a mission to make health and self-sufficiency.
MFDI will help YWI produce and distribute stories on village inventors. With a full production studio in Dar, John Riber’s Swahiliwood YT channel gets ~30,000 hits/day and is dubbing 20 quality international films from BBC Four’s “Storyville” into Swahili.
Coming up next trip …
Diane met Simon Malugu, a physics and math whiz, at the UN Sharefair in Nairobi. He won a Land O’Lakes award with his chick incubator for eight bird breeds. Noela Byabachwezi and YWI’s Bernard Kiwia coached 135 otherLand O’Lakes inventors in making labor saving devices — according to one villager, “opening their minds” (see video).
Connect with YWI to see more on innovators from East Africa: Bernard,Sam, Cyrus, Henri and other startup entrepreneurs!