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Air pollution is the leading cause of fatal respiratory diseases and the greatest killer in the world today.
The initiation of clean energy and environmental conservation has brought an eco-friendly approach to technology, seen in the gradual replacement of fuel-based machines and vehicles that release toxic gases with electric options.
In Kenya, Kenneth Guantai has found a way to curb the air pollution caused by tuk-tuks and provide a more convenient and efficient replacement for handcarts in African cities.
Kenneth is the head of Innovation and Research at National Youth Service (NYS). He noticed how the use of the regular tuk-tuks polluted the environment and how handcarts (mkokoteni) was tedious and tiresome for youths who used them to earn a living.
This concern led Kenneth to invent electric tuk-tuks and motorized mkokoteni to respond to the pollution and health hazard posed by the use of the regular tuk-tuks and handcarts.
These innovations have been well received by the tuk-tuk and mkokoteni operators, and will undoubtedly improve the lives of Kenyan citizens.