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With current conversations about climate change, deforestation, and the finite nature of natural resources, sustainability is on the minds of consumers, investors, and corporations.

But more than that, it’s also in our hands.

1.1 Hectares of Indigenous Trees

In an effort to help reforestation efforts in Kenya, Software Technologies Limited participated in a tree planting activity together with the Kenya Forest Service, Uplands CFA and the area Chief at Uplands Forest Station in Kiambu County where over 1.1 hectares of assorted indigenous trees were planted.

The Area Chief of the Uplands area highlighted that:

  1. Trees clean the air.
  2. Trees sequester around 20% of the carbon in the atmosphere (carbon contributes to climate change).
  3. Trees help clean the water. It actually is like a filter when there’s heavy rain. Trees absorb the water and release it gradually.
  4. Trees help with soil erosion.
  5. Trees have a social impact on it in terms of employment and life (1.6 billion people on this planet are somehow connected to forests for their livelihood).
  6. Trees are home to 80% of the world’s biodiversity (on land).

We lose about 46-58 thousand square miles of forest each year. Not for nothing—a large portion of those trees are turned into the products we buy and use every day. However, this would be unsustainable without active reforestation efforts, especially when you consider how long it takes for a tree to grow and mature.

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Software Technologies Ltd, Chief Executive, Jyoti Mukherjee was named a finalist for the Business Woman of the Year at All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) 2018 in a gala dinner held at Movenpick Hotel, Nairobi on Thursday, 13th September 2018.

The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in partnership with CNBC Africa honours remarkable leadership and salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

Jyoti was among three other finalists from Kenya; Joanne Mwangi – PMS Group, Jane Mgige Kenya – Flower Council and Joyce Gikunda – Lintons Beauty, who were nominated for the Business Woman of the Year from East Africa Region.

The Business Woman of the Year nominees were vetted by judges based on exemplifying outstanding leadership in business. Other considerations in the vetting process include: achieving positive financial results, increased shareholder value and providing sound management, proven corporate governance, demonstrating innovation, best business practices and accountability, together with intangible qualities such as integrity and vision.

The award ceremony was dominated by Kenyans who took up half of the 24 slots available with finalists being picked from a range of industries. Among the Kenyans who made it to the finalists include Group, Barclays Bank CEO Jeremy Awori, Marini Naturals Founder and CEO Michelle Ntalami and Dr. Joyce Gikunda, Lintons Beauty founder.

 

Software Technologies Ltd. Chief Executive, Jyoti Mukherjee named Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the year 2013. The award was in recognition for her strength, vision and determination to re-shape the business environment in achieving economic growth should be celebrated,” said Gitahi Gachahi, Ernst and Young Eastern Africa CEO.

Accepting the award, Ms Jyoti said it was humbling to emerge the winner of her category.

“The three of us had equal chances but I’m humbled to carry the day,” she said and advised fellow women: “We are equal; a good mind has no gender, a good brain knows no limits.”

Click to Read more on Kenyan women top region at coveted Ernst & Young entrepreneur awards gala by The EastAfrican.

 

 

Dinfin Mulupi looks at five Kenyan women entrepreneurs who have dared to enter the male-dominated world of business to build some of the region’s most respected companies, among them being Software Technologies Ltd  Chief Executive, Jyoti Mukherjee

Ms Jyoti has steered the company to expanding its product portfolio offering from software development  to software as a service (SaaS) and spread to over 11 countries across Africa.

Click to read more on this story by How We Made it in Africa 

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