Melkies Ausiku: Changing Urban Mobility in Namibia with LEFA Transportation Services

In this episode, meet Melkisedek Melkies Ausiku, founder of LEFA Transportation Services, an urban mobility startup connecting passengers on the one hand with drivers on the other, to make moving around Windhoek and Namibia more convenient and safe. In the interview Melkies shares about his first experience using Uber in South Africa and how the…

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How Sebastian Patel is driving financial inclusion in South Africa with the Franc Investment App

In this interview, meet Sebastian Patel, co-founder of Franc, an investment app in South Africa with the aim of promoting financial inclusion by removing minimum investment amounts and taking the complexity out of putting your money to work for you. In the interview we speak about: How the business was born and how they financed…

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How Ervina Nina Clinton is empowering young people with Liberian Threads

Meet Ervina Nina Clinton who has started Liberian Threads Incorporated, a manufacturing company using local fabric to create products for the local market and engaging young people to help them discover and develop their talents and see that they can do something, that they can contribute and that they don’t have to be idle or dependent on others.…

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My Virtual Planning: Online Sexual Education in the DRC with Ulrich Kouesso and Flore Yemdjie

Meet Ulrich Kouesso and Flore Yemdjie, the co-founders of My Virtual Planning, a social enterprise helping youth to prevent unwanted pregnancy and infections by doing online sexual education, giving individualised advice and sharing safe practices. In the interview they share:  How they came up with the idea and why they chose an online format for sexual education…

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Nurturing Female Technology Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Creators with W.TEC founder Oreoluwa Somolu

Meet Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi the founder of Women’s Technology Empowerment Center or short W.TEC a nonprofit organization based in Lagos, that aims at raising the next generation of female technology entrepreneurs, leaders and developers through technology camps, school clubs and mentoring. In the interview Oreoluwa shares How she came up with the idea  How she learned to run the non-profit like…

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YouFarm: Providing funding solutions for small scale and commercial farmers with John-Paul Matenga

Meet John-Paul Matenga, the founder of YouFarm. YouFarm was started with the idea of a platform that provides farmers with access to collateral free finance by getting people to invest in crops and livestock through YouFarm. And then when the produce goes to market the farmers, the investors and YouFarm share in the profits. In…

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DreamGirls Academy: Connecting Girls in South Africa to Economic Opportunities with Ezlyn Barends

Meet Ezlyn Olivia Barends, the co-founder of DreamGirls Academy an organisation in South Africa, dedicated to  shifting girls and young women from a space where they are economically dependent to connecting them to economic opportunity, through mentoring and education. In the interview Ezelyn speaks about:  How a quarter life crisis led her to explore how she wanted…

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Kepya: How Marcio Castro and Arão Guerreiro help Angolan Farmers with Reliable Offtake and Logistics

Meet Marcio Castro and Arão Guerreiro co-founders of Kepya , an online market place that connects farmer directly with offtakers and freight companies and helps them to get higher prices for their produce and farm with increased predictability.  In the interview Marcio and Arão share  How they came up with the idea for the venture How they…

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How her Daughter Inspired Zodidi Gaseb to start Holistic Skin and Hair Care Company African Naturals

Meet Zodidi Gaseb, the founder of African Naturals a Namibian company producing skin and hair care products, made from plant based, organic ingredients.  In the interview Zodidi shares:  How her daughter led her to start the company when Zodidi realised that to teach self-acceptance she had to live it for herself She shares how she launched the business from her…

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Snapslip: Digitizing Receipts to Save Paper and Provide Consumer Insights with Lynton Naicker

Meet Lynton Naicker, the co-founder of Snapslip a digital receipting and analytics platform that allows for endusers to receive digital receipts on their purchases and for stores to save money on receipt printing while also giving them detailed consumer insights and analytics.  In the interview Lynton shares:  How him and his co-founder managed to pilot the business in…

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BezoMoney: Digitizing Traditional Savings Groups & Driving Financial Inclusion with Mubarak Sumaila

Meet Mubarak Sumaila, co-founder of BezoMoney, a business in Ghana that is Digitizing Traditional Savings Groups, helping group members to build a favourable credit history and getting access to formal financial products and services.  They also run a financial literacy platform that provides practical information on how to grow and manage your finances. In the interview…

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The Nut Place: Bringing Healthy Affordable Special Diet Food Options to Nigeria with Chigozie Bashua

Meet Chigozie Bashua, the founder of The Nut Place, a nut processing company in Nigeria that processes edible nuts into gluten free products for middle and low income earners and helps people that are on a special diet to have access to healthy and affordable food options. In the interview Chigozie shares about: How she came across…

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How Macoumba Diagne Cleans up Senegal & Transforms Waste into Wealth with Proplast Industrie

Meet Macoumba Diagne the co-founder and CEO of Proplast Industrie, a company that helps collect and recycle plastic to then help create new products from this recycled plastic for the local market. In the interview Macoumba shares: How he transformed himself from a manager in the corporate world to a social entrepreneur and the head of a waste management company…

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LiFi-Led: Bringing Light and Internet to rural regions in Côte d’Ivoire with Cédric Doffou

Meet Cédric Doffou the co-founder of LiFi-Led an Ivorian company bringing light and internet to rural areas in Côte d’Ivoire. In the interview Cédric shares How their products and solutions tackle two challenges of the rural areas at the same time How an experience of his co-founder and mentor Ange Frederick Balma led them to…

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M.E. Solutions: Saving Water and De-Risking Agriculture Using Soilless Farming with Mevis Aiyeju

Meet Mevis Aiyeju, the co-founder of M.E. Solutions, a company modifying and experimenting with technology to solve problems in the Nigerian Agricultural Sector, with their farming solutions ranging from a reengineered soilless farming technology adequate for the often low power supply in the Nigerian context, to low energy consuming irrigation systems, to the development of…

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