I want to take a moment to highlight a very special woman, Wangechi Mwangi, CEO of Valuraha, Strathmore University (Kenya). She was given the Social Impact Award at The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for leveraging her business to improve her community and the world at-large. The idea for Valuraha was created to open up access to financing, financial education and trading competence in Kenya and Africa using its virtual trading platform. Her passion and commitment to helping others are values we also bring to our own businesses. Its inspiring to see what she is doing in the global community to help educate and inspire young investors.
Some of Valuraha’s initiavies are:
A high school program, that deals with investor education and financial literacy across different high schools in Kenya. The mission: To Create a Generation of Market Movers, Starting Now! Part of the club activities include analyzing some of the listed companies on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and competing in managing a virtual portfolio. We ran the first edition of the club in Alliance High School, Kenya High School and Precious Blood Secondary School. Some of the companies that were analyzed by the students in this first edition included: Britam, Centum, Safaricom, Equity Bank and Home Afrika. This is what happened in 2014.
A University Program in collaboration with Strathmore University School of Finance and Applied Economics aids students from the different schools to come together and get to meet the faces behind the companies that they spent weeks researching on. It is also a day of inspiration and networking for them as we kickstarted the second edition of the program.