Kenya-Based Social Enterprise Receives Investment From Founder of Edible Arrangements Tariq Farid

Stella Sigana, founder of Kenya-based Alternative Waste Technologies, has captivated the interest of many, including that of Tariq Farid, founder of Edible Arrangements. In February 2018, Stella won the honorary Social Franchise category of the 2018 NextGen in Franchising Global Competition for her work with her company Alternative Waste Technologies.

Founded in 2015, Alternative Waste Technologies focuses on improving the air quality in homes across Kenya by producing clean fuel for cooking. Amongst the judging panel was Tariq, who was instantly captivated by Stella’s work and entrepreneurial drive to bring awareness to an issue he too had experienced. Having spent much of his younger years in Pakistan, Tariq saw first-hand the poor air conditions many experience in that part of the world and wanted to help lead the efforts to solve this critical issue affecting thousands of lives each year.

Today, Alternative Waste Technologies has received a $10,000 pledge from the Tariq and Asma Farid Foundation to help Stella purchase additional machinery to meet the increased demand for their products. Farid has also established a GoFundMe page to help raise an additional $25,000 for Alternative Waste Technologies to expand its reach in Kenya and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

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