"Learn, return, earn". That's how I would summarize Stella Langat's life so far. Born and raised in Kenya, Africa she set out to conquer the world. Her first step was Italy where she graduated from the United World Colleges, a school supporting worldwide philanthropy. She's currently studying in the US and mentoring dozens of low income children in the US, as well as Africa.
A few weeks ago I found an email from Stella in my inbox. The subject line was "Incredible" and it was sent by someone called Stella MamaAfrica. Needless to say that I had to open it. With such a promising name..
I was getting ready for another scam email. Fortunately it wasn't. It was an email from Stella telling me that she loved my blog.
She wanted to invite me to host a Google Hangout with some of the low income kids she mentored in the US. We didn't manage it but in the end we had a nice Skype talk.
One hour later, Stella asked me hundreds of questions and I realized that she didn't give me the chance to ask her any questions.
I thought that the little bit of information she shared with me was interesting enough. So I invited her to the show..
During this one hour talk we cover all sorts of things.
Her life story.
Life as a student in Kenya and life in general.
The future of Kenya and Africa.
How globalization affected Kenya and how young Kenyans can benefit from it.
And last but not least how selfies can change the confidence of an entire continent.
If you want to know what it's really like in developing countries like Kenya and don't want to hear some journalist mumbo-jumbo, you should definitely listen to this episode.
Oh yeah and we briefly talked about her business as well.
She started a low cost-high quality bra company for the Kenyan market. Right now, most Kenyan women can't afford new bras.
So they have to buy second hand bras on the market and no one really knows where they come from, how they were produced, if they were produced using toxic materials and so on.
Not to mention that having to wear 2nd hand underwear is not the coolest thing out there..
I asked a hell lot of questions. I learned a lot. I'm sure you'll learn a lot, as well.
Maybe I'll go and visit Kenya one day. It sounds like a great country.
Every story counts..
Things Stella mentioned during the show:
Stella's favorite books:
"It's not about being perfect. It's about being yourself."
I call interesting people from all over the world, hit the record button, we talk about their stories and I put it online.
Simple, raw & uncut..