Marrakech, Morocco: The 9th annual Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship, a celebration of successful African entrepreneurs from across the continent, has awarded Tabitha Karanja founder of Keroche Breweries, their 2015 Transformational Business Award. This award is given to a notable business leader who has created significant socio-economic impact in Africa by building a business with revenues greater than USD $50 million.
“In spite of many challenges we face, Kenyans keep hope alive for a better tomorrow. This faith and confidence makes Keroche Breweries aspire to be a company Kenyans and Africans can be proud of,”
- Tabitha Karanja
Tabitha Karanja is founder and CEO of Keroche Breweries. She is one of Kenya's leading entrepreneurs, a remarkable trailblazer and an example of a woman made good against all the odds. Tabitha chose to venture where none before her had dared. She took on an 87-year-old business monopoly and entered an industry with a deeply entrenched male gender stereotype. Tabitha broke the mould to become Kenya’s first home-grown beer and alcoholic drink manufacturer. Today, her company's state-of-the-art production facility is targeting 20% of the Kenyan market.
For her enormous contribution in liberalizing the liqour market in Kenya, Tabitha was honored by President Mwai Kibaki in 2010 with a most significant Kenyan accolade - the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (M.B.S.) Award.