Kimani grew up in Ngenia a village in central Kenya.
His house had no electricity or running water.
The people of Ngenia earn their living by picking coffee cherries in the huge coffee plantations that surround the villages.
The two dollars a day made from picking coffee was almost never enough to feed his family, leave alone considering going to school.
As a boy from Ngenia, Kimani’s fate was already predetermined for him, by becoming a coffee-picker like everyone else.
Fortunately, a remarkable opportunity happened for Kimani in 2007: he was selected to become a contestant for a high school scholarship while he was a primary school student in Kenya.
Building on the opportunities offered to Kimani, he ended up where he is today.
Today, Kimani is pursuing a BA in Communication at Northwest University in Seattle, Washington.