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  • Gerard

    Gérard Niyondiko tasks his company, Project Faso Soap, “with the problem of malaria in Africa.” The Burkina Faso based entrepreneur from Burundi understands the challenges, and he is confident in the potential of his product. Faso Soap provides a promising antidote for a disease the kills nearly half a million people each year, 90% of whom are youth in Africa. Gérard continues testing on his mosquito repelling soap, which currently protects against mosquitoes for up to six hours after use.

  • Buliameen

    Buliameen Lukmon has over 10 million hungry mouths to feed. The entrepreneur from Nigeria founded Captain Cook Afro Canned Foods to feed the millions of urban commuters with healthy, chemical free canned foods. He says his canned foods “put cooked and ready to eat Nigerian foods into cans to make it available anywhere, anytime” for customers on-the-go. Not only does Buliameen feed the people, but his work with smallholder farmers reduces post-harvest food losses.

  • Angela

    Angela Nzioki, Kenya, wants to unleash the potential of SMEs. Her cloud-based accounting business, Pluspeople Kenya LTD, helps entrepreneurs manage all their affairs, not just their books. Angela says, “Many SMEs in Kenya operate without keeping proper books for the first few years. It is deemed expensive and time consuming. There is a general lack of knowledge for SMEs to implement proper accounting.” Pluspeople Kenya bridges this knowledge gap with cloud-based solutions, helping SMEs save time and money.

  • Labile

    Pola Haba brings waste management solutions to Guinea. With ECTO, mobile money meets technology to create clean cities. Pola founded ECTO to “address the problem of waste management which, especially during the rainy season, contaminates the population and spreads disease.” ECTO creates waste collection jobs and prevents the spread of disease with the impact spanning from the capital to far-flung villages. Pola welcomes the challenge in the sector and provides solutions.

    Represented by Labilé Maomou at Boot Camp in Casablanca.

  • Erwan

    Erwan Rabenevanana and Equitalgue produce the “queen” of micro-algae, nutrient-rich spirulina. The entrepreneur from Madagascar says, “we have opened untapped opportunities in the agrifood market in the face of exploding demand for natural foods.” Equitalgue produces spirulina using a process that is naturally useful for the environment, as its production eats up CO2. More importantly, spirulina is also in demand as a highly nutritious supplement to human and animal food.

  • Joyce

    Joyce Beck and RentEasy Company creates seamless and paperless interactions between landlords and tenants. The entrepreneur from Kenya says that the beauty of her company “lies in its ability to process tenant payments in real time via an app.” Real-time, digital rental property management eliminates paperwork and de-stresses tenants and landlords. For tenants, RentEasy Company stops the “frustrations in the current manual system.” And, for landlords, Joyce says, risk is mitigated with transparent financial processes.

  • Danjuma

    Danjuma Emmanuel, Nigeria, founded Tripple Foods Plus to “solve the need for quality and highly nutritious infant baby foods.” Danjuma laments that some mothers must resort to unhealthy alternatives or highly expensive imported foods. Tripple Foods Plus developed tombrown, a product that combines locally available materials, to ensure that costs remain low, and nutritional value high. With a passion to “bring the dignity of meaningful life to the poor,” Danjuma approaches this vision one spoonful at a time.

  • Emmanuel

    Emmanuel Dauda founded Na-U-Next Salone to ensure low-income families, many living on less than a dollar a day, have a healthy meal. The entrepreneur from Sierra Leone says that “43 percent of the population [in Liberia] are food insecure.” Na-U-Next Salone’s strategic focus on low-income households hopes to decrease that number. Emmanuel believes the food truck model, a new concept in Sierra Leone, can keep costs down, and ensure access to those most in need of healthy staple foods.

  • Geoffrey

    Geoffrey Ssekatawa, Uganda, stops the harmful dumping and burning of waste motor oils, and instead recycles and resells oil related products. The founder of Brent Technologies says, “we recycle waste motor oil, which would end up in landfills, water sources, or burnt into the atmosphere.” In Uganda, as in many countries, imported lubricating engine oils are expensive. And, when their effectiveness is depleted, they are dumped. Geoffrey is on his way to well-oiled solutions.