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Kayana Awards Program 2024 -Celebrating Female Entrepreneurship

by Maximilla Wafula

Nairobi, Kenya – July 10, 2024 – The Kayana Awards Program 2024 unfolded in grand style at the Hyatt Regency celebrating the remarkable contributions of female entrepreneurs in the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. The evening, which ran from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, was a testament to the innovation, resilience, and community commitment demonstrated by women across various business categories.

The journey to the awards began with nominations closing on February 29, 2024, followed by the judges’ selection of finalists from March 8 to April 5, 2024. The public then had their say from April 15 to June 7, 2024, under the watchful eyes of esteemed judges Victor Otieno, Chris Maara, Chebet Cheruiyot, and Mercy Kimalat.

“This year’s nominees represented a diverse array of businesses, each making significant contributions to their communities and industries,” noted Victor Otieno during his opening speech.

The award categories were meticulously designed to honor different aspects of business excellence:

Commitment to Staff Development: Essenpark Limited emerged as the winner for its exceptional efforts in mentoring and developing employee skills. MRX Media Limited and Spectrum Engineering were the 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.

Community Impact: Minat Bakery & Cake Zone took the top spot, recognized for their significant contributions to community cohesion and economic sustainability. Kaya Nuts and Soraya Teen Moms & Girls followed closely.

Environmental Impact: Eco Makaa Solutions was celebrated for its dedication to environmental sustainability, with Tupike Ventures and Kiasili Farm as the 1st and 2nd runners-up.

Kayana’s Choice Award: Diro Jewellers received the coveted Kayana’s Choice Award, with Mutitu Honey and HB Leather also being honored.

Most Adaptive Use of Technology: Gwiji for Women was awarded for their innovative use of technology to enhance customer service and operations. GRise Systems Solutions and Nyumba Zetu were the 1st and 2nd runners-up.

Most Innovative Business: Eco Nasi Leather won for their constant innovation in meeting market demands, followed by Viv’s In-houz Spa and Zidallie Technologies Limited.

Most Resilient Business: De Vani Chocolatier stood out for its strategic planning and resilience, with Virtually Yours by Connie and Everest Enterprises Limited recognized as runners-up.

Strong Leadership: The Chic Evangelist Collection was honored for inspiring leadership, followed by Teach for Kenya and the African Woman Global Network.

The Diaspora Excellence Award: Africana Woman was celebrated for its impact across the continent, with Lamalo Essentials and Krypia Finance as the 1st and 2nd runners-up.

The evening culminated in heartfelt celebrations as attendees honored the outstanding achievements of these inspiring women. The Kayana Awards Program 2024 not only recognized individual excellence but also underscored the collective impact of female entrepreneurship on communities and industries across Kenya and beyond.

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