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Meet the Kenyan Entrepreneur Cashing in on Invasive Plant

Posted by Edwin Lisamira on

Meet Michael Otieno, The Kenyan Entrepreneur Cashing In On Water Hyacinth. "Lake Victoria is in a sorry state because of the hyacinth, we are trying to do something about it," Michael Otieno tells me as we walk into his business premises in Mambo Leo, Kisumu county where he makes paper from the stubborn weed. Otieno is the founder and CEO of Takawiri Enterprises Limited. Established in 2006, the enterprise produces unique handmade stationery and craft items from water hyacinth. Some of their products include folders, envelopes, notebooks, seasonal cards, gift bags, and paper lamp shades. "I am trying to offer...

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