Njuhi Chege’s intelligence and grace, shone through in March 2013 at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She was a panelist in the 4th Annual Harvard African Development Conference – Visible Change in Africa: One Innovation at a Time.
Njuhi Chege, the inspiring Founder and CEO of Riri Jewellery, continues to blaze a trail whilst motivating other young, up and coming entrepreneurs like herself, in Kenya and beyond.
Her efforts to make a success out of her Jewellery Company caught the eye of students at the Harvard University, which consequently led to an invitation as a panelist for the 4th Annual Harvard African Development Conference. Her speech was based on, ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship.’
On asking her how she felt when the invitation was sent to her, she said, “It was special telling the stories of the amazing men and women that I work with and sharing their art and work with students and visitors from all over the world…Dreams do come true. It was the experience of a life time to be able to address issues of entrepreneurship and innovation on the African continent…
During her presentation, she touched on the successes of Women in entrepreneurship in Kenya as well as her own experiences while starting up her company. Some of her own challenges have included; trying to get capital without collateral, high interest rates in Kenyan Banks, sourcing dedicated crafts people etcetera.
Njuhi Chege not only represented Riri Jewellery, but also young, Kenyan entrepreneurs who work round the clock, to propel their businesses to the next level. Riri Jewellery is using such opportunities to connect with others in sharing experiences about their own entrepreneurial or professional journey and opportunities of improving each of our communities.
Currently, Njuhi Chege is a career mentor with Technovation Challenge 2014 that is a global technology entrepreneurship program and competition. She’s engaging small teams of University girls to create, design, code and pitch mobile phone apps while developing their entrepreneurial skills. She trusts her teams will be among the 8 winning teams that will win seed funding of $5000 to bring their app to market, and travel to the World Pitch 2014 in San Francisco, CA!
We wish them luck!
Love and beauty,
Riri Jewellery Team