Nelly Cheboi is a celebrated social entrepreneur, Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, and CNN Hero. After growing up in rural Kenya and lifting her family out of poverty, she focused on her community.
Tyler Cinnamon is a American programmer and entrepreneur. He started TechLit Africa with Nelly Cheboi in 2018 to disrupt poverty with used IT devices.
Nelly Cheboi and Tyler Cinnamon met at their first software engineering jobs in Chicago in 2016. Nelly is a deeply driven native Kenyan who learned software engineering after taking an undergraduate scholarship in the United States. Tyler is an ambitious self-taught programmer who grew up immersed in technology.
In 2019, they both quit their lucrative tech jobs and relocated to Kenya to figure out ways to leverage the digital economy and unlock global opportunities for rural Africans. As a couple and software engineers, they believe that adoption of technology is the most effective equalizer.