Poor rainfall is partly to blame for Africa’s food security woes. Two young entrepreneurs, Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim, are however hoping to transform agriculture with their SunCulture solar irrigation kits. The two told How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi how they got started, their challenges and expectations.

Tell us about yourselves.

Nichols: I’m 24 years old with a background in mechanical engineering and economics. SunCulture is the fourth company I’ve founded and co-founded, though my first in Africa. I was initially drawn to Kenya by the number of technology success stories and the great market opportunity for clean energy solutions like solar power due to the high costs of grid electricity

Ibrahim: I’m 24 years old and was born in Toronto, raised in Orlando, and bred in New York City. I studied finance and economic development. After graduation, I worked at PwC in their financial services, structured products, and real estate group. I learned a lot, but realised there was more to learn and more to accomplish in Kenya, the country my family is from. So I used all my vacation days to meet Charlie in Nairobi, left PwC, and fully launched SunCulture, and I’m so happy I did. Kenya is full of great opportunities, smart people, and untapped industries. I’m excited to be a part of what will certainly be one of the greatest economic successes of our time.