Entrepreneurship is a force for good. Research shows that where women-owned businesses thrive, the community wins.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of female entrepreneurship globally, with approximately 26% of female adults engaged in entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurial activity crosses different countries, generations, social backgrounds and is backed by courage, belief and perseverance. Read below and discover the amazing stories of four african women entrepreneurs.
Temie Tubosun, Founder Lifebank (Nigeria)Temie serves as the CEO of LifeBank, a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria to save lives. LifeBank mobilizes blood donations, take inventory of all blood available in the country, and deliver blood in the right condition to the point of need. In 2014, the BBC listed her as one of the 100 Women changing the world and was recognized as an African Innovator by Quartz and the World Economic Forum. In 2019 Temie Giwa-Tubosun walked away with the top $250,000 cash prize from the $1 million available from the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma.
Bethlehem Alemu, CEO soleRebels (Ethiopia)Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu is an Ethiopian business woman, founder and executive director of soleRebels, Africa’s “fastest growing footwear company”. Alemu has received honors and accolades for her business acumen, as well as her efforts to shift the discourse on Africa away from poverty to the continent’s entrepreneurial spirit, social capital, and economic potential. Alemu launched “The Republic of Leather”, designing sustainable luxury leather goods, and “Garden of Coffee” retail outlets to promote Ethiopian coffees.
Fatoumata Bâ, Founder Janngo (Senegal)Fatoumata Ba is a Tech Entrepreneur, a VC Investor, Founder and Executive Chair of Janngo and Managing Partner of Janngo Capital. Janngo is the first African Social Start-up Studio that leverages technology and capital to invest in pan-African tech-for-good champions with proven business models and inclusive social impact. Before Janggo, at Jumia, Africa's Amazon and the #1 tech unicorn in Africa to be listed on the NYSE, she served as Founder & CEO in Ivory Coast, Managing Director in Nigeria and Member of the Executive committee at Africa level, driving the performance of 130+ operations across Africa, spanning around 10+ verticals in 30+ countries with 3000+ direct jobs, 70000+ indirect jobs and opportunities created for more than 500 000 SMEs across Africa.
Rachel Sibande, Founder mHub (Malawi)Sibande is the founder of mHub, Malawi’s first technology hub. The hub is a social enterprise that has championed the development of technology solutions across sectors such as health, governance, elections monitoring, and human rights in more than six countries. The hub has facilitated over 1 million USD in financing to emerging entrepreneurs over 5 years creating more than 950 jobs and impacting over 5,000 people in diverse value chains. The hub has trained over 40,000 youths with business and technology skills. Dr Rachel Sibande is a Program Director with the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation. She leads sector-wide demonstrations of initiatives that leverage data for development projects and leads the development of analytical models.
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Source: 100women from Avance Media