Hamidu Ssonko


Hamidu grew up from a humble family background of 8 , for which access to basic needs of life, such as improved housing, education and clean water was difficult, that  propelled him to harness an insatiable desire to promote positive  change in  his community.  He is a serial social entrepreneur  and a waste reduction innovator with interest in social solutions that address challenges of our time. He is a 2019 Alumnus of   Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) at Regional  Centre in Nairobi, Alumus of Social Innovation Warehouse in Argentina. He  volunteers by supporting new business leaders as a startup growth catalyst  with Kyuka Ventures Innovation Hub and reached over 210 beneficiaries in Uganda, Zambia and Sierra Leone since its inception. Aged 17, he launched his very first business in high school that started as a student's partnership recycling project and  then  founded  Biha Eco Venture, now  a recycling  social enterprise  that transforms waste to make various products with an intention of solving social needs and he is the brain behind "The  Durable Home Network" Project. Hamid is passionate about improving the quality of life among rural dwellers in  susceptible communities of Sub-Saharan Africa by  developing a network of sustainable decent sheltered eco homes through distribution of alternative and affordable building materials on credit to vulnerable areas in highest need of housing improvement.  

Meet the fellow

Fellowship Experience

YELP has been the central point of a raging tornado of change in my life.

I have learnt that life is limited; we should not waste time living other people’s lives. We should follow our hearts and intuition in whatever we are doing as we impact our communities.