Social entrepreneurs receive micro-grants funded by French Embassy

The programme has worked with 100 entrepreneurs across diverse sectors.

In Summary

• The French Embassy in Kenya and Somalia launched “ARESSOK” an initiative that helps to strengthen the social enterprises in Kenya under the Social Enterprise Society of Kenya.

• The programme has worked with 100 entrepreneurs across diverse sectors such as Agri-food & processing, Green & Renewable Energy, Construction, Health & Sanitation, Leather, Fashion and Market Services. 

CRESS Mayotte International strategy expert for Social Economy Djémilah HASSANI and Marie Fidela from French Embassy award Kaya Nuts cofounder Miswaleh Zingizi who became the winner
CRESS Mayotte International strategy expert for Social Economy Djémilah HASSANI and Marie Fidela from French Embassy award Kaya Nuts cofounder Miswaleh Zingizi who became the winner
Image: Douglas Okiddy

The French Embassy in Kenya and Somalia launched “ARESSOK” an initiative that helps to strengthen the social enterprises in Kenya under the Social Enterprise Society of Kenya.

The programme has worked with 100 entrepreneurs across diverse sectors such as Agri-food & processing, Green & Renewable Energy, Construction, Health & Sanitation, Leather, Fashion and Market Services. 

EMotor LTD founder Lorna Omuodo pouring fuel into a stove canister
EMotor LTD founder Lorna Omuodo pouring fuel into a stove canister
Image: Douglas Okiddy

In the ARESSOK Program, E4Impact Foundation is the lead partner in Enterprise Development and Capacity Building of the social enterprises who hosted the ARESSOK – Business OI event to showcase the achievements of the social enterprises.

Osotua Coffee agriprenuers Avril Angute and Andrew Wainaina showcasing their coffee beans and products
Osotua Coffee agriprenuers Avril Angute and Andrew Wainaina showcasing their coffee beans and products 
Image: Douglas Okiddy

The social entrepreneurs pitched their business to a panel of judges and three enterprises received micro-grants funded by the French Embassy included: Kaya Nuts (Agri-food and processing), Onja Foods (Agri-food and processing) and E-moto (Green & Renewable Energy). 

Bio Afriq Energy engineer Justus Muguti showcasing food drying machine
Bio Afriq Energy engineer Justus Muguti showcasing food drying machine
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SESOK chairman Peter Oloo samples a piece of cake that is made of chickpea from Onja Foods founder Mary Karuk
SESOK chairman Peter Oloo samples a piece of cake that is made of chickpea from Onja Foods founder Mary Karuk
Image: Douglas Okiddy
Iyungo Capital Investment manager awards EMotor LTD founder Lorna Omuodo who was announced 2nd runners up
Iyungo Capital Investment manager awards EMotor LTD founder Lorna Omuodo who was announced 2nd runners up
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E4Impact project manager Oscar Kimani and Geothal Development Cooperation director David Kuria
E4Impact project manager Oscar Kimani and Geothal Development Cooperation director David Kuria
Image: Douglas Okiddy
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