In Summary
  • Lillian’s job revolves around promoting the establishment of environmentally sound, locally managed businesses and workforce development in Turkana County.
  • She is also the country representative for ElectraTherm, a US based company that sells clean-energy products.
  • In addition, she does public relations consultancy for Associazione Industriale Italia Kenya (AIIK).
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Lilian Motongori, 22, has achieved what few women her age have been able to.

She works for Sustainable Off-grid Solutions for African Economic Development (SOSAED) program based at Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) as a mechanical engineering consultant.

The program is a partnership of TBI, Strathmore Energy research centre and other public and private companies .

SOSAED utilises the facilities at TBI as host lab and commercialisation base for energy, water and information technologies.

Lillian’s job revolves around promoting the establishment of environmentally sound, locally managed businesses and workforce development in Turkana County.

She is also the country representative for ElectraTherm, a US based company that sells clean-energy products.

In addition, she does public relations consultancy for Associazione Industriale Italia Kenya (AIIK).

Interesting to note, Lilian is completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Eldoret and is awaiting graduation. Her job experience, only six months old, has grown tremendously and she attributes this to her LinkedIn account.

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“I spend more time on my LinkedIn account more than all my other social media platforms including WhatsApp.  It has enabled me to network with fellow engineers both locally and internationally.  Consequently, I have had access to opportunities which I couldn’t even have dreamt of.  In addition to networking, LinkedIn has a pool of resources tailored to nurture every profession under the sun. Once you subscribe to relevant newsletters, newsfeeds and groups then you have access to the latest information in your field. Information is the key that opens the door to a great career.  I can testify to that.”

When Lilian attended her first class in mechanical engineering, she was baffled to realise that they were only two girls in a class of 32 students. However, this did not intimidate her one bit.

If anything, it fanned her ambition and determination to excel in her degree.

Given her passion for women empowerment, she perceived this as an opportunity to deconstruct the misconstrued notion that the engineering profession was a preserve of men. It was not a surprise therefore that she topped her class repeatedly.

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