Laetitia Mukungu EARTH U, Kenya
30% of the food produced in the world (which amounts to 1.3 billion tons per year) ends up in the landfills. 20% of this is banana. Our mission is to increase food availability for the growing population by saving the market rejected bananas from being thrown away. By processing these ‘market inappropriate’ bananas into a variety of quality food products, we will provide sustainable, low-cost and healthy foods to various communities. We will collaborate with farmers to transform their ‘unwanted’ bananas which they would otherwise dump by turning them into a range of consumables that have a wider market reach thus providing alternative sources of income.
Thabu was born and raised in Zambia and is studying Agricultural Engineering at EARTH University in Costa Rica. She is the founder of the campaign “child marriages and prostitution are not solutions to eradicating poverty”. She is working to reduce poverty by empowering young women with various entrepreneurial skills. With a background in agriculture engineering and natural resource management, Thabu has a deep understanding of food production and she is passionate about advancing sustainable techniques of agriculture to create food security for all. Laetitia is from Kenya. She is a current student at EARTH University in Costa Rica where she studies Agricultural Engineering. She is the founder of Africa Rabbit Centre (ARC) and has been recognized by Anzisha Prize and Spark Kenya Changemaker for her efforts in transforming the lives of women and children in her community through rabbit farming. Laetitia is very passionate about agriculture and entrepreneurship and her entrepreneurial work in the field of agriculture has earned her many publications including being profiled in Fast Company magazine. Martinho is a Zambian raised by his grandfather. Living on a farm led him into loving agriculture and the processes involved in food production. He is a person passionate about entrepreneurship and the social well-being of others. He is studying Agricultural Engineering and natural resource management at EARTH University in Costa Rica to further deepen his cause.