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Dysmus Kombo Kisilu
Field of Study: Energy
Leadership Institute: University of California - Davis
Dysmus Kisilu is a 'fearless influencer' working with smallholder farmers in rural Kenya to reduce post-harvest losses through the use of innovative, solar-powered cold-storage solutions. As a co-founder of Solar Freeze, Dysmus endeavors to tackle post-harvest food loss, a challenge that accounts for an estimated 45% of food going bad. In five years' time, Solar Freeze aims to have made an impact on the lives of smallholder farmers via affordable solar-powered storage. This will create jobs for women, who will comprise 80% of its workforce, and contribute towards the reduction of global warming. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is an exciting opportunity to network with fellow young leaders as well as American trendsetters.