MELI was established in April, 2003 with a goal of promoting all-inclusive development initiatives in Africa. It is currently based in East Africa and with partnerships in Francophone African countries. In Kenya its based in 10 countries and reaching out to all 47 counties. Since 2004,among the areas where MELI has achieved key milestones includes Young Enterpreneurship Societies(YES) clubs in and out economic empowerment. Through partnership with Masinde Muliro University, MELI has trained residences of the flood prone area communities on disaster preparedness especially communities living in areas around River Nzoia in Western Kenya.
She has a wealth of hands-on experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring gender responsive projects having been a pivotal resource person in the projects undertaken by the NGO. These have include, among others, training of adolescent girls and boys on reproductive health rights, youth leadership empowerment tools, conducting vision workshop for ground breaking in school establishment. These projects have involved the introduction and institutionalization of salient and concrete features that have facilitated sustainability and mainstreaming of the skills and application of capabilities that comprised the transferability of skills and knowledge components. A graduate of Kenyatta University (BA-Ed. French &Business Studies) and Brandeis University (MA-Sustainable International Development) and an active alumni of Ford foundation, Jacinta has successfully chaperoned community centered, women empowering and youth engaging projects. She is currently involved in Gender responsive and skills upgrading initiatives under the auspices of international not for profit organization.
Lavender Ndunya is proactive in Renewable Energy technologies and offers consultancy services to customers on efficient measures to be undertaken in energy consumption. She has practical experience in interacting with different organizations in building partnerships to achieve objectives. This has been aided through her involvement with Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE 2017 Ambassador), Council of Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa (AEPEA) and Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA). Apart from that, she is actively involved in youth empowerment by offering training on technology based skills, mentoring female students into embracing engineering as a profession and work on upgrading initiatives in communities under the auspices of internal not for profit organization. A BSc. Electrical and Electronic graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Lavender strives to achieve vision 2063 in Africa.