06 March 2013 06:53 | By James Francis
10 African Entrepreneurs Under 30

Lorna Rutto

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Lorna Rutto


Acutely familiar with the Kenyan capital Nairobi’s incredible waste problem, soon after resigning from her job at a bank Lorna Rutto founded Ecopost. The company manufactures fences from waste plastics, a green alternative to expensive timber fence products - with only 2 percent woodlands cover, it provides an important service to the country’s fencing industry. Through this company, Rutto has spawned an ecosystem of new jobs as traders buy plastic waste from the public, sort it and resell it to her company. In 2011 she was made a laureate of the Cartier Women’s Initiative.


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