25-year Brian Rono, an actuary from Lembus Baringo County is a passionate potato farmer, he produces potatoes during high season and sells them when it’s low season and intends to expand to production and distribution of crisps locally, his business idea got him that 5 million shillings cash prize from Blaze by Safaricom.
Mr. Rono, who faced financial woes at the university, said he came with nothing but his desire to show GRIT has seen him win the coveted top prize of shs5 million.
Rono was thankful for the opportunity which has allowed him to interact with energetic, ambitious and young entrepreneurs in the country, and he intends to use the cash to boost his potato farm as well as expand his investment portfolio and diversify sources of income.
Monica Nyawira, a 21-year-old beef farmer, came second, she walked away with sh1,000,000 and Daisy Wanzala, a publicist and marketing consultant won Sh700,000. Babra Chege, who was evicted in episode five won the Sh500,000 Fans Choice Award; she was the most voted contestant by blazers.
“Not only did the contestants prove to audiences that young people have the willingness to work hard for what they believe in, they also stood out as role models for millions of Kenyan youth who are passionate about pursuing unconventional careers,” said Safaricom Head of Consumer Segments Charles Wanjohi.