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Kenyan businesswoman shares advice on building a thriving tech company

Hilda Moraa is a Kenyan fintech entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Pezesha, a peer-to-peer micro-lending marketplace for Africa that provides access to affordable financial services and credit scores to low-income borrowers. She previously founded Weza Tele, which in 2015 became on the first African tech startups to be acquired by another business. In 2016, she was named one of the 30 Most Promising Young African Entrepreneurs by Forbes. Here she speaks about her entrepreneurship journey and her passion to make an impact through technology.

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Listen: Nairobi-based entrepreneur on starting a business with your own money

Many start-ups seek investment or grants to fund their operations. But Cheng, who previously worked at early-stage investor Savannah Fund, decided to bootstrap Moringa School by using her own money, particularly during the first few years. In this (slightly-edited) excerpt, she explains the reasons for following this route.

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More Fun Facts About Kenya

Learn some interesting information about Kenya while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia

. Hydroelectricity is the largest contributor to Kenya's electricity supply.

. In terms of sports, Kenya is perhaps best known for its middle distance and long distance runners, with the country frequently producing Olympic champions.

. In 2012, the population of Kenya was estimated to be around 43 million.

. Large animals such as lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants and rhinoceros are present in Kenya.

. In Kenya they drive on the left-hand side of the road.

. Kenya is a developing country and half of the population live in poverty.

. Scientists have estimated that the Great Rift Valley found in Kenya was formed over 20 million years ago when the Earth’s crust began to split.

Source: Science Kids

Gaceri Kirimi, a Kenyan entrepreneur building a niche on-demand laundry business for busy people

As entrepreneurs, we all know how difficult it can be to balance work and life commitments, and when it comes to managing household chores such as laundry, it can be difficult without help. That’s where Destello Laundry Cleaning Services comes in, helping Nairobi’s busy professionals and families to deal with the chore of doing laundry each week.

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