Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week and it came to our attention that there are several noteworthy women entrepreneurs in Africa.
Here are 4 African Women Entrepreneurs (in no particular order):
Magatte Wade made the list of Forbes Magazine’s “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa.” Her company, Tiossan, a 100% natural skin care line, celebrates her 3 “cultures” – Dakar, Paris and San Francisco. She created the “Bottle of Ambition Project” where 50% of the profits go “creating innovative schools in Senegal.”
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (@soleRebels) founder and managing director of SoleRebels Footwear – Ethiopia
Bethlehem’s concept of starting a shoe making business was to bring hope and jobs to her community of Zenebwork, a small village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A fair-trade footwear company, their products are handcrafted and eco-sensible – using 100% local materials thus manufacturing an export product. Soles of the shoes are made from recycled car tires and many other recycled or sustainable products.
Njeri Rionge (@njeririonge ) co-founder of Wananchi Online – Kenya
Wananchi Online is East Africa’s first mass-market ISP. “Wananchi” is a Swahili word meaning citizen bringing affordable Internet access to the average household. Now, Njeri is a business consultant helping other African entrepreneurs.
Anne Amuzu (@Ewoenam) co-founder Nandimobile – Ghana
Anne is one of 3 Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology grads who’s vision, Nandimobile – a technology start-up in Ghana – was created to leverage the high mobile penetration rates in Africa offering businesses a better way to connect and communicate with their customer’s needs and service queries and market more effectively using mobile and SMS campaigns.