23-year-old Emily Cummins started her career as an inventor as a young girl tinkering in her grandfather’s shed. Now, thanks to a solar-powered fridge that’s already in use across Africa, Nobel winners are handing her awards.
Cummins was selected as a Oslo Business for Peace Honouree in Norway last week, a prestigious award established last year for ethical businesspeople which is overseen by a panel of Nobel prize winners. Not many people have talked to a Nobel prize winner, much less been bestowed with an award by one. Next month, in Japan, the Junior Chamber International will name her one of the 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World for this year. And it’s all because of a clever idea she had for a refrigerator.