Tell us, who is Leroy Mwasaru?Leroy Mwasaru is an inquisitive lad who enjoys blogging, a novel enthusiast, Fintech enthusiast and self-taught app developer. I am 18 years old. I’m also a Global Minimum Youth Ambassador.
It all began when I was in my second year of high school still a junior when a new dormitory being put up meant the worst for the neighbouring local community because of the flawed sewer system. Something had to be done, real quick. So I designed a Human Waste Bioreactor with my co-founders that would not only use human waste from the school dormitory but also all organic waste produced in the school.
What aspect of your background or education has been most helpful to your experience as an entrepreneur?
My local community, both during high school and rural home in Taita Taveta, has been the main inspiration behind my work. I’d say I learnt most out of my important lessons out of class by application of what I learnt.
How do you handle setbacks?
For us we’ve been handling setbacks with a positive tactic approach and brainstorming on ways to counteract similar setbacks from recurring. The whole process is a gradual learning process.
When exactly did you start innovating things?
I began innovating things as a child when I used to make my own toys, when there was a hint for better future by us solving our local problems. Innovating is still part and parcel of me. I am also working on my first android application. Currently, I am working on my high school project- HWB Solutions Ltd. The company was setup for the sole aim of providing employment to our youths, solve sanitation crisis and provide cheap, accessible and safe renewable energy. The energy sector in Africa still is a viable and promising investment venture.
What role did your parents play in what you’ve turned out to be?
My parents have been a big source and reason for my motivation, they’ve always been the reason behind me coaxing out of my comfort zone. A key motivation has always been where I come from.
What have you learnt this year that you think every entrepreneur should know?
If I may put my two cents in, I have learnt the virtue of patience and service in entrepreneurship that goes hand in hand with working with the local community who are the niche market for our services and goods in the energy sector.
Who are some of your mentors and business role models?
My business role models are Bob Collymore of Safaricom and James Mworia of Centum in Kenya for their unending loyalty and effort in their respective fields to deliver their services in the most effective ways.
What would you say has been your most valuable lesson on this journey?
My most valuable lesson in my journey so far is that founding a company is like building a house. You can’t build a house on a flawed foundation. Hence ensuring execution and effectiveness.
One key aspect in entrepreneurship too is research in the sector the startup is venturing into and strong bonds with the direct consumers.`
On a final tone, I’d like to join techpreneurs and biopreneurs in addressing energy demands- Africa’s greatest threat at least during this century as we save lives and save our precious resources from depletion. It begins with us the youth!
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