Rahama Wright is a successful social entrepreneur, supporter of business development on the continent and in the diaspora, and founder of Shea Yeleen, a company that promotes sustainable economic development in rural sub-Saharan Africa while empowering and training women-owned shea butter cooperatives. Here she shares 5 of her top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs to help you overcome challenges and discover your unique path to success.
If you’re someone who’s lived abroad and then returned home, even if just ‘for a visit’, you’ve no doubt had to deal with scrutiny from family members, friends and even local strangers who think you’ve “changed”. You’re either getting too fat, becoming too American/British/European, or are no longer “insert nationality here” enough and the list goes on.
As founders of Dare to innovate, Meghan McCormick (@muhzle) and her team are out to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in Guinea. In a country where 3/4 of the population is under 35 years old and 70% of all Guineans under age 25 are unemployed, McCormick said she knew the trainings she was doing in Guinea as a Peace Corps economic development volunteer to help train young entrepreneurs wouldn’t be enough.
For many people in sub-Saharan Africa lacking access to electricity, it means more than not being able to charge a phone, go online, or watch TV. Access to affordable, reliable electricity can be the difference between a lifetime of extreme poverty and the opportunity to build a better quality of life.
At this year’s Powering Africa Summit, American-Senegalese rapper and social-entrepreneur, Akon took to the stage to talk about Akon lighting Africa and his goal of improving quality of life across the continent by providing electricity to millions of Africans using solar energy. The project launched in 2014 in partnership with Samba Battily and Thione Niang and is already providing electricity to more than a dozen countries in West Africa including, Senegal, Mali, and Niger.