African Changemaker

Nelly Cheboi

Nelly is a Kenyan social entrepreneur leveraging the digital economy to lift communities out of poverty.

She is the Founder and CEO of TechLit Africa, a non-profit organization fostering a more technologically literate Africa. TechLit Africa repurposes the vast quantity of used technological equipment from companies, institutions and individuals and refurbishes them for use in the impoverished communities we serve.

The organization is on a mission to level the playing field for families in Africa by building computer labs in their local schools equipped with games, videos, and lessons from our open-source curriculum software.

Nelly’s contribution to bridging the technological gap in Africa has won her several honors, including the CNN Hero of the Year award.

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.

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