Waithera Gaitho is the Founder and Executive Director of Alternatives Africa (Alternatives), a non-profit social enterprise whose vision is to contribute towards socio-economic development for national transformation.
As a social entrepreneur, she seeks to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that galvanizes Kenya’s greatest resource-the youth. Alternatives mission is therefore to provide an affordable ecosystem that offers financial and non-financial support services to youth-led micro and small enterprises for their individual success and employment creation not forgetting the realization of Kenya’s Economic Blueprint, Vision 2030
She has over ten years of progressive professional experience gained from working with the United Nations (nine years), Corporate Sector, Government and Civil Society. Waithera holds a B.A in International Relations, an M.A in International Studies and has plans of pursuing a Doctorate in Public Policy and Governance in the very near future.
As a youth expert and socioeconomic development advocate representing the interests of youth-led micro and small enterprises (including those situated in low income/informal settlements), Waithera has served in various leadership and board positions. Presently, she serves as the youth representative of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association (FEWA), chairs the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA) Reference Group and an active member of the KEPSA Gender and Youth Sub-Sector Board-presently spearheading the establishment of the KEPSA Youth Sub-Sector Committee.
Finally, born and partly bred in the informal settlement of Kawangware, she is passionate about sharing life lessons, experiences and accrued wisdom with young Kenyans from all walks of life and economic strata, through the Words of Wisdom Platform.
She will be speaking to us this week on economic growth driven by the youth.
See you then!!