ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL
Energy & Environmental
Entrepreneurship in Kenya
Through ThinkImpact’s Kenya Institute you will have an experience that will not only train you in design thinking, social entrepreneurship and fieldwork; you’ll start or contribute to a real environment-focused enterprise that can generate incomes, feed, and empower engagement and education.
About the Country
Looking to innovate and immerse in a world of culture and community? The Kenyan rural communities where ThinkImpact works are warm, welcoming, and industrious.
We work in Kilifi district, about 50km northwest of Mombasa in communities such as Mariakani, Makomboani, Chanagande and others. The region is arid, the people are friendly and there is an intense interest in entrepreneurship and development. The rural villages where we work are home to 250-800 community members.
Meet A Scholar
Jared Yarnall-Schane, Penn State
Institute: Kenya, Summer 2013
Innovation: The Solar Dehydrator Project
How did ThinkImpact influence your path?
I was really influenced by the ThinkImpact motto, “People are People Everywhere.” The program also really got me interested in the importance of food, farming and agriculture—which is why I changed courses to shift away from engineering to work directly on food justice.
Project | Kinani Dzua Enterprises
In Kinani, and throughout much of rural Kenya, up to 50% of fruits and vegetables are lost due to a lack of preservation techniques. Kinani Dzua Enterprises utilized solar dehydration, a passive form of energy collected from the sun, to dry out crops such as mangoes and tomatoes. Farmers could either save the food for their own use, or sell it as a value-added product in the market. Unfortunately the enterprise is no longer operational, but the lessons learned played an extremely important role in all of our future endeavors.
Ready to pursue environmental entrepreneurship opportunities in Kenya? Apply today to embark on a transformative experience!