Maria Odido

Former President, Honey National Association

Membership:  Class of 2008 (2nd Liberation)

I stood down from that position after 5 years in the office, the company which I set up in 2002 became the flagship of honey industry in the country. From working with 315 producers when we started out, the number of producers supplying us rose to 2,700 in a space of 3 years.  Within 4 years, we had captured 75% of the market and were the 2nd largest selling honey in Kenya. We were producing on average of 60 tons of honey annually.  While this is very small – 12% in relation to our capacity, it is the highest ever produced by any individual in the history of honey in the country.

In addition to the honey business, I also engage in property development and have added a couple more properties to the portfolio left behind by my husband. I serve on a few committees-: NAADS (National Agricultural Advisory Services); PIRT (Presidential Investors Round Table); a member of UWEN (Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Network); President of UNADO (The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation); a member of the Board of Trustees of SOS Kinderdorf – an organisation taking care of orphans and abandoned children.

My formal school education ended after my senior high school. I did a diploma course in Medical Secretarial at the Kenya Polytechnic, where I graduated at the top of my year.  After completion, I went straight into business.

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