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Charlot Magayi

Founder & CEO, Mukuru Clean Stoves;
2022 Earthshot Prize Winner

Charlot is the Founder of Mukuru Clean Stoves, a 2022 Earthshot Prize Winner. Orphaned at the age of 10, Charlot grew up in Mukuru, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi, and became a mother at age 16. Charlot was moved to provide safer cooking technologies for her community when her daughter got burned by a traditional stove. She has been recognized and awarded by Global Citizen, World Bank and United Nations. She was among the 100 most influential Young Africans in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Charlot believes in a toxin- and smokefree world and has dedicated her time, skills, and experience to fighting household air pollution. Her company, Mukuru Clean Stoves, has manufactured and distributed over 400,000 life saving cookstoves, impacting the lives of 2,000,000 Kenyans living in poverty.

Charlot is an Echoing Green Fellow, an Africa Business Hero, a Global Good Fund Fellow, a Stanford Global Energy Hero, a Forbes under 30 lister and a Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst. She sits on the board of three international funds. Charlot is currently building a 30,000 square foot sustainable energy campus in Kenya and developing a malaria fighting fuel.