Tom Osborn is the young founder of Greenchar which was conceived while he was still a student at Alliance Boys High School.
Greenchar manufactures smokeless charcoal briquettes made from recycled agricultural waste such as sugarcane bargasse, the fibrous waste that remains after sugarcane juice has been extracted. In addition to being smokeless and longer-lasting than conventional charcoal obtained from trees, these briquettes offer a greener alternative to the latter still widely used in Kenya.
According to Quartz Africa, as of February 2015 Greenchar was serving over 3000 families and had sold more than 130 tons of briquettes.
In 2015, Osborn was named to the Forbes 30-under-30 list of social entrepreneurs. He is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, an endowed fellowship given to the next generation of social entrepreneurs. In 2014, he was also named Fellow, Anzisha Prize, an award that honors and celebrates innovative young African entrepreneurs.
Osborn joined Harvard University in 2016 for his undergraduate studies, majoring in Economics and Computer Science.
Learn more about Greenchar in the video below shared by Kelly Ranck.
Photocourtesy: CC Image courtesy of user Echoing Green NYC on Flickr