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10 Interesting Facts About Chebet Lesan Who Won Sh33 M From Jack Ma’s Africa Business Heroes Awards

Less known Chebet Lesan, kenyan entrepreneur won the hearts of many after she emerged the winner of this year’s Jack Ma Foundation-led Africa Business Heroes awards.

The award, which turned two years old on Africa, was established to identify and recognise the continent’s top entrepreneurs.

Facts about Lesan

  1. Lesan is the founder of Bright Green Renewable Energy
  2. Bright Green Renewable Energy is a social enterprise that turns urban waste into clean burning charcoal for households, schools, farmers, hospitals and many others.
  3. Lesan will receive Ksh.33 Million so as to promote her quest of providing access to clean cooking fuel across Africa
  4. She will also become a beneficiary of Jack Ma’s Foundation mentorship program, besides the lucrative award
  5. Chebet Lesan was born 27 years ago in 1993.
  6. She was inspired to start Bright Green Renewable Energy when she visited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, she observed at the foot of the mountain , how forests were being depleted due to charcoal business
  7. What they do, is basically  collecting waste from shambas and markets, which they then burn through a process called carbonization. This then turns into a material called char, which is a black powder with the same properties as charcoal. We then compress this powder into blocks to form charcoal.They package in 50Kg bags which go for Sh.1,500
  8. The project opened opportunities for Chebet, among them an induction into the Mandela Washington Fellowship and earning a recognition from Queen Elizabeth II with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award
  9. Chebet urges women to shun away from employment and focus on creating their own source of employment as entrepreneurs
  10. From her social media, she has traveled far and wide across the globe, brushing shoulders with the mighty including Queen Elizabeth II

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