Michele Ostertag, born in the US to Swiss parents. Her educational background includes international business and marketing, homeopathic medicine and Bach Flower Remedies. She worked in the US and Europe before moving to Kenya in 1998 with her family. Having lost her mother at the age of twenty, she had a keen interest to help children, especially orphans, and she began working with local communities soon after arriving in Kenya. Using her combined skills and experience in business and holistic health, she identified a need for capacity building initiatives that recognised the importance of individual and community growth going hand in hand. She started the first of these community projects in 2002. For the last 12 years, she has built Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust into a professional development organization that supports over 2,500 orphaned children and youth; and provides capacity development to +15,000 community members.