Lorna Rutto is a multi-passionate social entrepreneur with a vision to have a Green Africa free from poverty. She was born in Nakuru, Kenya (Africa) in 1984. She holds a B.com degree in Accounting from Africa Nazarene University where she demonstrated outstanding leadership capabilities and was elected as the first female student council president.
She landed a job in the financial sector in 2007; however, she resigned and took the entrepreneurial plunge due her innate need to create jobs for people living in dire poverty in the marginalized communities. She chose to work with waste since it does not discriminate the rich or the poor and so EcoPost was conceived in 2010.
Lorna is the CEO of EcoPost, a for-profit Social
Enterprise with a mission to create sustainable jobs
for people in the marginalised communities and conserve the environment.
EcoPost recycles plastic waste to manufacture plastic posts and lumber for various applications such as road sign, fencing, building and construction support beams, floor boards and green house beams among other items. Basically things that were once made out of timber, her organization makes out of plastic waste.
EcoPost Socio-economic and Environmental Impact
EcoPost has so far created over 1000 jobs for people in the marginalized communities, withdrawn over 2.5 Million kilos of plastic waste from the environment, manufactured and sold over 30,000 profiles which have saved over 350 Acres of forests and prevented over 1000 Tonnes of CO2 emission further mitigating climate change.
Lorna Rutto has been a recipient of various international awards for providing exceptional and exemplary community service through her social enterprise. She was honored as the 2011 Sub-Saharan Africa Cartier Laureate in Paris; she won the Safaricom, Youth Entrepreneurship Facility, Enablis Award, the 2010 Bid Network Nature Challenge Award in Netherlands, SEED Award in SA and Unreasonable Institute exposure in US in 2012 among others, all of which awarded her millions of shillings which she invested in the social enterprise.
Lorna was featured on the elite Forbes List among the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa and in 2013, she was nominated with the Guardian Newspaper readers among the Africa’s top women achiever.
Lorna is a much sought after trainer and speaker at local and international forums. She has developed a community engagement program where she trains youths on the various entrepreneurial opportunities and on setting up successful businesses.