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Vanderbilt law student Nat Robinson discusses and signs his recent book, Creating a Cash Cow in Kenya: Adventures in Starting a Social Business and Living in Africa.
What started as an eight-month assignment turned into a six-year adventure and the creation of a social business to help Kenya’s farmers lift themselves out of poverty. The social business, Juhudi Kilimo, provides microloans to enable smallholder farmers to buy productive assets, such as cows, tools and so on. Since its foundation in 2009, Juhudi Kilimo has provided over 50,000 loans worth $30 million and financed the purchase of 23,100 cows by some of Kenya’s poorest farmers. In its six years Juhudi managed to rack up an impressive list of international investors — The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Acumen Fund, Soros Economic Development Fund, Grameen Foundation, Deutsche Bank and Kiva.org. The company also won a Charles Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and part of CIO Magazine’s top 100 list.
Social entrepreneur, and Vanderbilt law student, Nat Robinson, tells his wild adventures of starting a microfinance company in Africa. Listen to Nat's account of raising over $22 million for a social business startup intertwined with exploits of racing camels, running from rhinos, and life in one of Africa's most dynamic cities. Nat has recently lectured and presented at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, the Wharton School, Columbia Business School, Vanderbilt Graduate School of Management, and the United Nations Development Program.