Wawira Njiru
Who We Are

Wawira Njiru

Founder and Executive Director at Food for Education Board Member

Wawira is the founder of Food for Education, a social enterprise that is leveraging community, parent and government partnerships at scale to expand national school feeding programs. Led by African women, Food for Education enables the most vulnerable to learn more effectively by leveraging technology and smart supply chains to bring high-quality daily school meals to children while supporting smallholder farmers. 

Food for Education is creating a sustainable path to solve the child nutrition crisis for over 200 million African children. Through their mobile platform, Tap2Eat, parents pay for subsidized lunches using mobile money credited to a virtual wallet. In under 5 seconds, students Tap2Eat using wristbands linked to their wallets. To date, Food for Education has provided over 10,000,000 meals. 

In 2022, Wawira was the recipient of the United Nations Kenya Icon Award. Other recent accomplishments include:

  • 2021: United Nations Kenya Person of the Year, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Class of 2021
  • 2020 Ford Foundation Global Fellow
  • 2018: First recipient of the Global Citizen Youth Leadership Prize presented by Cisco , Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Builders of Africa Award recipient, Top 40 under 40 Women Kenya
  • 2017: Youngest recipient of the University of South Australia‚Äôs Alumni Award 2017