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Tapping into Nairobi’s growing fitness trend

Impressive economic growth, rapid urbanisation and the growing influence of western culture and diets have seen a growing number of fitness centers being set up in Kenya in recent years. This trend, coupled with experience as an athlete in her formative years, drove Saloni Kantaria to quit her legal practice and open Reform Cycling and Strength Studio this year. “In 2013 I just started to notice the city was changing very, very quickly,” says Kantaria. “Lots of things were going on. New concepts were opening up. Lots of franchise hotels were starting to enter into the market. There was more optimism among people in Nairobi about the economy. So I noticed obviously nobody was doing anything properly in the fitness space.”

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Evylin Munyi is improving farming for small-holder farmers in Kenya

Kenya is a country renowned for its agriculture and the quality of its produce, but for many small-holder farmers, the challenge is improving both yields and livelihoods. For Evylin Munyi and her co-founder at KOFAR Kenya Ltd, the solution was to create a business that would help farms to repair the soil using organic materials to boost crops and farm efficiency.

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Kenya To Go On With Nuclear Energy Plans Despite Huge Renewable Energy Potential

Kenya will go on with plans to construct its first ever nuclear plant to fill its power deficit, defying calls from Italian and German experts who urged the nation to instead focus on developing its renewable energy. East Africa’s biggest economy identified possible sites near Lake Turkana, Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean, targeting to use the vast water resources to cool off the reactors once they start generating power.

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Entrepreneur Turns Plastic Waste Into a Way to Save Trees

"To fight climate change it has to be business unusual," says the head of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center Plastic littering the streets of Kariobangi is an eyesore for many residents. But for Aghan Oscar it spells opportunity. Thirteen years ago, Aghan, bothered by the ever-increasing quantity of plastic waste in this low-income suburb of Nairobi, decided to find a way to recycle it. Now his company, Continental Renewable Energy (COREC), produces poles for use in construction, farming, and road signage. So far he's sold 96,000, and he says his potential for growth is limited only by the considerable expense of setting up plastic recycling plants.

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