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Saving Lives for Africa’s Most Vulnerable in Ethiopia

It’s not about entrepreneurship; it’s about making a difference A young man named Habtamu did not wake up one morning wanting to be an entrepreneur. Instead, he watched pre-term babies dying unnecessarily and wanted to make a difference. What did Habtamu do? In the under-funded and under-equipped bio-medical labs in Jimma, Ethiopia, he designed a prototype that could reduce infant …

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Reawakening African Legends

African Superhero Stories: Positive impact touches the gaming industry in Africa. Let us tell you how. Africa’s Legends, the flagship game of Leti Arts, launched in 2013. “We celebrate our continent’s vast histories, folklores and cultures.” Explains Leti Arts Founder, Eryam Tawia from Ghana. To share our continent’s histories and folklores, Eyram’s staff spends weeks researching and developing characters. In 2015, …

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One Small Question Leads an Entrepreneur to Solve one Big Problem

Most things made sense to Elia; however, this one thing did not. Growing up in Tanzania, Elia Timotheo remembers his uncle, a banana farmer giving him a banana every day as he passed on his way home from school. Young Elia grew from a child, to a teen, and into a young man. But one thing he could not understand …

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A New Platform for Education in Africa

“With the help of the Award, Kytabu has grown to 975 users and has 1275 books on board from 9 publishers. Kytabu is my cloud-based education software company that helps all students have affordable access to educational content. I am now developing Kytabu in text, audio and animated formats and am scaling into Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. And, after a …

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Community Based Waste Management

“Since winning the Award in 2015, I was able to purchase land in a sub-city of Jimma start site construction on 2 more satellite cities outside of Jimma. My vision is to make healthy fertilizers affordable, while dealing with waste management in my community. I want to now scale across 3 regions in Ethiopia by composting bio-degradable wastes from farmers …

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A New Vision for Medicine

“Thanks to this Award, Vula is breaking down health barriers in isolated areas. Before winning the 2015 Award, my diagnostic-eye-disease app supported 1 medical specialty with 112 doctors treating 1500 patients. Now, we have scaled to 6 specialties, 97 specialists, 792 health workers, and 2200 referrals generated.  We also achieved our secure database and an easy to use billing system …

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Developing a Product for Future Education in Africa

“I currently work on two continents to develop my complex, yet highly impactful business to provide relevant education in Arabic-speaking countries in Africa.  Like many entrepreneurs, my business idea has pivoted several times. My dream began with a desire to educate teachers who are instructing in Arabic, in Africa, a need I saw in the region. My idea was to …

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Jokkosanté – Community Practices Bring Community Good

“Winning the 2015 Award helped my company, JokkoSanté, begin to expand and pivot to try different business model options. My company’s community system of collecting, sharing, and cross-financing medicines includes 3 participating hospitals.  With the help of the Award, I hope to scale beyond my region in Senegal.” Adama Kane’s success is clear because he increased members and is scaling beyond his home …

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Pivoting with Bricks to Fish for a Strong Future

“Winning the Award helped me grow my business and double my production capacity from 10,000 bricks per month to 20,000. My company, Zimba, means ‘construct’ in Swahili. With mentoring and funding, I have diversified Zimba and developed clay mining sites into fish farming ponds. And, in addition to selling bricks, I am also selling pig. I use their waste to …