Lorna Rutto, 28 is the founder of EcoPost, a profitable social enterprise which manufactures aesthetic, durable and environmentally friendly fencing posts using plastic waste, a more environmentally friendly alternative to timber
LORNA RUTTO BIOGRAPHY
As a young child, growing up in the Kaptembwa Slums in Kenya, Lorna Rutto experienced more than her fair share of poverty, unemployment, garbage and rotting waste in the streets, and clogged, overflowing sewers encroaching people’s homes. As a young schoolgirl, her eco-consciousness came to the fore, when she noticed the huge amounts of plastic waste littering the environment.
She decided to start making a small difference to addressing the situation, recycling this plastic litter and making creative pieces of jewellery and small ornaments by melting the plastic
LORNA RUTTO CV
After school, she went to college, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, and went into a career in banking, a solid career choice given the tough employment market in Kenya at the time. However, she felt unfulfilled and longed to work with people and in the field of science, instead of working on financial systems and structures.
Lorna ruto was a relationship manager at Imperial bank until 2009 when she resigned to start her own business
LORNA RUTTO NET WORTH and wealth
Lorna ruto is among the youngest millionaires in Kenya
Her business uses plastic waste collected from dumpsites and garbage cans across Nairobi to manufacture fencing posts. These posts, which are used to fence houses and forest reserves, are becoming a preferred alternative to timber.
So far, her innovative business idea has created over 7,000 fencing posts, 500 new jobs, generated more than $ 150,000 in yearly revenues, saved over 250 acres of forests and removed more than 1,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the environment.
LORNA RUTTO CONTACTS
Baba Dogo Rd, Ruaraka, Opposite Roy Transporters Depot, P.O Box 3703 – 00506 Nyayo Stadium , Nairobi, Kenya Phone: 254(0)725 351 032
LORNA RUTTO HUSBAND
She has kept her life very private and is yet to reveal his husband
LORNA RUTO WIKIPEDIA