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Discovering Kenya: Falling in Love with a Beautiful Country

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Discovering Kenya: Falling in Love with a Beautiful Country

"It was 2013 in Barcelona that I first experienced deep fascination for a physical place in space and time. Here we go again! This time, I think I am falling in love! Kenya’s intricate blend of simplicity, splendor, dysfunction, and potential has captivated and provoked my heart in ways words cannot truly describe. I am humbled by my discoveries living in Nairobi and visiting other towns and municipalities including Mwingi, Makindu, Thika, Embu, Meru, Isiolo, Mwea, Malindi, and Watamu."

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Lessons Learned

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Lessons Learned

"I could talk for hours about all I have been pondering on during the last few months. I am honoured to have been a member of the inaugural Africa Business Fellowship cohort – all of the learning above would not have been otherwise the same or possible. To close, I want to thank the ABF team, the other fellows, Liquid Telecom, and the various Nairobians that invested in ensuring we had a worthwhile experience. Though it is bittersweet to close this chapter, I am comforted by the relationships I started to build which shall grow into the future."

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"You have to be hungry."

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"You have to be hungry."

"After a few days of work, we took a trip to go see the students, where I became even more dedicated to their cause. In their faces, I saw a desire for learning that resonated with my experience as a father to my own children, Kelechi and Adaeze. How fervently would I work on behalf of my own children, who often beg me for “one more” bedtime story or a Saturday-morning trip to the library? I imagined that each of these students, clad in their maroon sweaters were my own children. I was honored this summer to have worked on their behalf. "

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Hello Tractor, #USAfrica at work

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Hello Tractor, #USAfrica at work

"Founded in 2014, the company works to increase food and income security to rural farmers in west Africa. They use technology to track the usage of the tractor via GPS, perform data analytics on location, plant size, seasons of planting and exact location. Additionally, farmers use SMS messaging and mobile money to request, schedule and prepay for the tractors. Not only is it an innovative company solving one of the continent's largest problems, it is also a prime example of U.S.-Africa private sector collaboration."

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