Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
Enterprise Professional Services
This description of Collins Apuoyo's work was prepared when Collins Apuoyo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Collins Apuoyo is protecting the environment by safely collecting, storing, and reusing used oil that is otherwise dumped in rivers or uninhabited land in Kenya. Through a creative financing model, he has turned his project into a vehicle for economic development, by providing mechanics and disadvantaged communities with access to loans they can use to improve their small businesses.
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Collins was born to an enterprising family. His parents worked in their own personal businesses, and as early as age seven, Collins was already working in the family tobacco business as a delivery boy to customers in villages around Kisumu. In his later life, Collins would use the entrepreneurial skills he gained from his family to run his own small-scale businesses.

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