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Save Medicine, Save Lives

The secret is out about the potential impact and scalability of Adama Kane’s business, Jokko$anté. Lives saved. Money saved. Unused medicine saved. The entrepreneur from Senegal has spent years hurdling barriers to bring the medical sharing program to the people who benefit the most. His perseverance is paying off, in profits, but most importantly with patients with the most need. …

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Passion, Purpose, Pumpkins

Start with pumpkins, add passionate persistence and a clear purpose. The result? A successful agri-business in Uganda scaling into neighboring African countries and Europe, doubling employment and tripling training to suppliers – women farmers. Joyce Kyalema founded JoyceMark and her Pumpkin-Value-Add product line to be a no-waste pumpkin source and create products for the local and international market. In 2016, …

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Changing a Narrative in Liberia

Mahmud Johnson is changing the narrative of Liberia. The founder of J-Palm Liberia knows the positive growth of the company sends a strong message to his employees and customers, and to entrepreneurs all over Africa. You can change narratives and change lives. Since winning $150,000 in the 2016 African Entrepreneurship Award, Mahmud’s impact is becoming very evident on the growing …

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Growth Fulfills Great Needs

William Mapham gives hope to the blind. The South African eye doctor is not a miracle worker, yet he does restore vision and remove barriers to medical services for those most in need. Vula Mobile, launched in 2014, connects on-the-ground health workers to specialists. Vula Mobile is a tool in the hands of health workers and specialists, with patients as …

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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 …