Kenya’s project Digniti wins TechWomen seed grant to work on sanitation in rural schools


Project Digniti, the brainchild of this year’s TechWomen emerging leaders has won an unspecified amount of money as seed investment for their school sanitation project.

The group is made up of Janet Leparteleg, Chao Mbogo, Ruth Kaveke, Topy Muga and Charity Wanjiku who are among the women chosen from thousands of applicants who were interested in the program.

“Yeees team Kenya wins TechWomen seed grant to carry on the digniti project aiming to improve toilet sanitation in rural primary schools in Kenya. Thanks to our amazing and dedicated mentors Beth Steinberg Paria Rajai Page Crahan Rahn and Andria Jones. ”

“On Friday we, TechWomen team Kenya, pitched on Project Digniti – a cause to work on sanitation in rural schools by improving the toilet to student ratio and implementing an accountability model,” said Ruth Kaveke in a Facebook post.

TechWomen is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. The initiative brings emerging women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East together with their counterparts in the United States for a professional mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in STEM fields by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers and pursue their dreams.

During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in Silicon Valley, participate in workshops and networking events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and travel to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program.