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Wiclif Otieno

Founder & CEO, Kito International

Biography

Wiclif Otieno is a former street boy in Nairobi with a deep passion for social justice and a drive to create economic opportunities for young people in Kawangware slums. After becoming an orphan at the age of 7, he joined the streets to fend for himself and survived on the streets of Nairobi for five years. He was rescued by an American couple who invested in him by helping get him to school and other training.

He started Kito to give back to his former colleagues who were still facing the challenges of street life. he has steered Kito to a path of growth and has so far impacted the lives of over 200 youths through skills training in entrepreneurship and job readiness. Close to 50% of these youths have secured jobs or started their own income generating initiatives.

Wiclif has received several awards in recognition for his work. He is a Cordes Fellow, Spark Change maker Fellow, and most recently Laureate Global fellow, an initiative of International youth foundation. he is also a TEDx speaker having spoke at TEDxSanJoaqouin in California and Kibera Nairobi.