SELF-RELIANCE

Millet chocolate trader deserved more local support

She graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2012 but could not get employed

In Summary

• Her product has a market in the US which she is unable to satisfy because of stringent regulations. 

• Local leaders would have helped her promote the product in the country. 

A sample of the millet chocolate
GLOBAL RECOGNITION: A sample of the millet chocolate
Image: EMOJONG OSERE

When the Star published a feature about a youthful innovator from Busia, I thought the leaders in the county would support her initiative.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Engineering in 2012, Etyang Ikarede, 31, tried unsuccessfully to get a job.

She resorted to self-employment, making chocolate from millet and other locally available products. It has a market in the US, but she is unable to satisfy that market because of stringent regulations.

Our leaders could provide a market for her product locally while realising some of the Big Four agenda.

 

Nairobi