Dr. Elizabeth Mary Okelo
- Founder, Kenya Women Finance Trust and Makini Schools (Financial services; Education)
Born Busia, Kenya. BA, Makerere University, Uganda; Diploma, Institute of Bankers, London; Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Froebel College, Dublin.
“[I]n Kenya… one person earning a salary supports at least 17 people. So you see, a good business is by default already supporting a wide section of the community it operates in.”
Elizabeth Mary Okelo describes her experiences as a woman entering the world of bank management in the 1960s, her struggles to prove herself, and her efforts on behalf of other women in the industry. She also recounts the context of her decision to found a group of schools and the challenges of making the schools successful in the Kenyan environment.