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BountyNut Peanut Butter

The Inspiration: Noticing a lack of organic and affordable protein sources in her community of Mathare, Rose decided to begin producing peanut butter. She later joined Somo’s entrepreneurship boot camp in hopes of expanding her business and creating more jobs for people in her community.

The Product: Today, BountyNut Peanut Butter sells three sizes of organic peanut butter, each made with only two ingredients: salt and peanuts.

200g: ksh125 ; 400g: ksh200; 800g: ksh300

PuriYSeth Honey

The Inspiration:  Seth and Purity grew up watching their parents produce honey from beehives in their own backyard. After applying for Somo’s entrepreneurship boot camp they went on to found PurYSeth Honey. They see honey as an important staple as it can be used to treat a variety of conditions, from dandruff and allergies to coughs and burns. Honey has not only been used as a sweetener for hundreds of years but also can control blood sugar levels and even treat insomnia.

 

The Product:  PurYSeth harvests their honey in Purity and Seth’s home county of Kitui. Here, they carefully separate the honey from the wax inside the beehives then send it to Githurai where it is packaged and distributed.

250g: ksh175; 500g: ksh325; 1kg: ksh600

Yo-Toto Yoghurt

The Inspiration: Lillian began making yoghurt for her children in 2014 due to the high prices of other commercial yoghurt brands available in stores. She went on to co-found Yo-Toto with her husband, Collins, which sells organic yoghurt at affordable prices to families and schools in Nairobi.

 

The Product:  Yo-Toto Yoghurt is made without preservatives, using probiotic cultures and fruit-based natural flavours. It is rich in protein, calcium, Vitamin B, potassium, and magnesium and improves both digestion and the immune system. Available in strawberry and vanilla, Yo-Toto Yoghurt makes a perfect school snack or quick and healthy breakfast for working parents.

250mL: ksh50; 1L: ksh200

Potter's Briquettes

The Inspiration:  Throughout his time in Kibera, Abraham has witnessed the deforestation and health problems caused by coal. Hoping to create a more sustainable fuel source for low-income households and reduce pollution in informal settlements, he founded Potter’s Briquettes.


The Product: Potter’s Briquettes are made of waste products and sugarcane remains. Not only do his briquettes cause less environmental harm than coal but they are also cheaper, longer lasting, and less damaging to users’ health.

1kg: ksh30 (30)

Mwangaza Candles

The Inspiration: 5 years ago, when Josephine was unemployed, a friend taught her how to make candles. Eventually, she began to sell her candles to people in her community and became financially independent. She realized that by training other single or unemployed women to make and sell candles, she could help bring them out of poverty.


The Product: Mwangaza Candles come in variety of colors, shapes, and scents. Made from recycled wax, they are a sustainable and high quality light source-- perfect for birthday celebrations or religious services!

125g: ksh100; 250g: ksh200

AfriKnit Dolls

The Inspiration: Susan, a trained tailor and fabric technician, and her partner, Meshack, created AfriKnit Dolls to address the lack of African-inspired dolls available in Nairobi. By using fabric waste from local tailors, Susan and Meshack are able to create a sustainable and affordable product. They later hope to train and employ vulnerable youth in the production of their dolls. Through their business, AfriKnit Dolls will not only provide children with durable and affordable toys but also create jobs for youth in their community and reduce environmental waste.

 

The Product:  Made of African print fabric and colored yarn, AfriKnit Dolls are flexible, soft, and more durable than plastic dolls. The dolls come in a variety of customizable colors and patterns.

Small: ksh400; Medium: ksh800; Large: ksh1000

Lookslike Avido Bags

The Inspiration: Seizing the opportunity with Kenya’s recent plastic bag ban, David created trendy reusable shopping bags out of recycled Kitenge fabric. David’s broader line is inspired by the streets of Kibera, and his desire to share his home fashions with people around the world.

 

The Product: Today, Lookslike Avido sells durable bags in 2 sizes and creates custom clothing orders.

Small: ksh100; Medium: ksh200

Faith's Sack Bags

The Inspiration: Working at her neighborhood market in Githurai, Faith saw the potential to turn excess rice sacks into durable, cost effective shopping bags. These make practical packaging bags for businesses and fashionable reusable bags for customers.

 

The Product: Currently available in two sizes, small & medium.

Small: ksh30 (25) ; Medium: ksh 60 (50)

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