SOE Award Recipient

2019 • Giving Back Award

Caleigh Hernandez

Caleigh Hernandez

• Santa Barbara, CA •


"Sometimes you just have to accept that you don't know what you don't know and that's okay so long as you seek help and surround yourself with the right people. Being an entrepreneur is a test of patience."

Caleigh's Bio...

Caleigh, a Santa Barbara local, is founder and CEO of RoHo. Some would call it fate, but her first words were "new shoes". Caleigh became interested in everything RoHo in 2013 on her first trip to East Africa, while living with a host family in rural Uganda and interning for a local community based organization. While walking through the craft markets, she saw a pair of gorgeous leather sandals and was hooked. She returned to Uganda the following summer to conduct independent research on small-scale entrepreneurs while also developing her idea for RoHo. Today, RoHo is an ethical accessories brand providing consumers with unique, quality products made by over 400 artisans in Kenya.

Caleigh has also worked as a Research Assistant for the Eleos Foundation, an organization that invests in market based solutions to poverty alleviation in Africa, as well as the Center for Complex Operations, a security think-tank. Caleigh graduated cum laude and with honors from Northwestern University in 2015 with a BA in Political Science and International Studies. After graduation she moved to rural Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya through a Princeton in Africa fellowship working for the International Rescue Committee.