Esther Anyona smiles in a headshot with a gray background. She wears a chartreuse green collared shirt, large gold hoop earrings, and her dark hair is worn pulled back at the crown of her head and in locs with two beads--one cream colored with a circular pattern and the other red and yellow--on the top of her head.

Esther Kemunto Anyona has more than seven years' experience in the geospatial field. Currently, Esther is a surveyor at the Ministry of Transport, Roads, and Public Works in the Machakos County government in Kenya. Her main responsibility is carrying out cadastral, topographical, and engineering surveys for road construction. She also heads the Survey Section, where she oversees all survey activities within the Engineering Department. As a volunteer, Esther creates awareness and teaches farmers in Machakos County to harvest water from road runoff during the rainy season and store it for farming activities during the dry periods. Esther is also a mentor with Akili Dada, where she encourages young girls to take up STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses and guides them in leading honest, fulfilling lives. Esther holds a bachelor's degree in Geospatial Engineering. She is committed to ensuring that girls have access to a high-quality education and is passionate about community empowerment, and plans to start a non-profit organization to further her community initiatives after completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Last updated: 2021

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