Meet Patricia. The African Environmentalist changing Africa one tree at a time.

1. Can you give a brief summary of who you are and what you do?

I'm a passionate Environmentalist and a Climate change promoter from Makueni County, Kenya and a finalist from Moi University awaiting graduation in December this year with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Out of my passion for Environmental conservation and having experienced degenerating climate crisis I founded the Patree Initiative - An initiative that works with schools to foster environmental education through the creation of Environmental clubs and planting trees to help Kenya attain 10% forest cover from the current 7.4% which is below the desired cover.

I have donated and planted trees in 4 schools in rural Kenya, Utangwa and Mwenyeani primary schools in Makueni county, Mlolongo children’s home, Moi secondary school in Kesses, Uasin Gishu county. I also held an environmental awareness event at Kituluni primary school where 3 other schools had attended and donated Acacia Nalotica seedballs.

2. What is your business about?

The Patree Initiative aims to;

· Foster Environmental Education in primary schools through creation of Environmental and 4k clubs (the 4k Club ‘Kuungana, Kufanya, Kusaidia Kenya’ is Swahili for ‘Coming together, to Act, in order to Help Kenya.’)

· Enable children to participate in greening Makueni by donating trees and training them on Reducing pollution, Recycling and Reusing for sustainable Environment.

· Help the nation attain 10% forest cover by planting both fruit trees and non-fruit trees

3. What does it mean to be an African woman in Business?

Being an African woman in business is sometimes challenging, having to disrupt systems and fight for environmental rights in a male dominated world. However, my success is when I see children learn about the importance of being an Environmentalist and plant trees. The importance of this practice is undoubtedly manifold as this will add value to sustainable agriculture.

4. How do you celebrate African women?

I celebrate African women by honouring them and devoting to take care of the environment because they are vulnerable and highly affected by climate crisis.

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