Henry Othieno

2021 Fellow from Uganda

Henry Othieno has more than seven years' experience in community development, working with rural communities and marginalized people such as refugees to find solutions to their challenges. Henry is the founder and chief executive officer of Tusafishe, a social enterprise that builds water purification systems for large rural communities using locally available materials. In this role, he provides overall leadership and oversight of strategies to provide low-cost water purification systems in a way that preserves the environment. He also trains rural women in biological water purification technology so that they can build domestic filters to sell to earn income for their households. Henry holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Kyambogo University and a certificate in Applied Social Innovations from the Social Innovation Academy in Uganda. On completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, he plans to use the knowledge and network he gains to expand the reach of Tusafishe to six East African countries and later throughout Africa.

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