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Hustlenomics: How Nhlanhla Ndlovu Provides Sustainable Housing in South African Townships

Meet Nhlanhla Ndlovu the founder of Hustlenomics, a for-profit impact driven social enterprise that’s dedicated to replacing informal backyard shacks in the South African townships with formal durable houses for low-income households.  So Nhlanhla himself grew up in a township having to share a living space with 12 other siblings and relatives. When he built his own shack…

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How Albert Diouf Helps Senegal’s Farmers Increase Their Income with Agri-Foodtech Startup AfrikaMart

In this episode, meet Albert Diouf, the founder of AfrikaMart, an Agri-Foodtech Startup in Senegal, that is working on efficient ways to aggregate and move local produce all the while ensuring a significantly higher payoff for the smallholder farmers, supplying fresh local quality products to supermarkets in urban areas and using an integrated supply chain system…

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How Fa Diallo Trains Women as Early Childhood Professionals with Institut Académique des Bébés

Meet Fa Diallo, the founder of Institut Académique des Bébés a social enterprise that trains mostly unemployed young women as early childhood professionals and helps them find jobs as caretakers for baby’s. Initially when coming back to Senegal from France, Fa had planned to start a business in Finance. However, when she had challenges finding…

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MACQUARIE MEDICAL CARE: How Armid Azadeh & Tosaline Auene Decentralize Healthcare in Namibia with Telemedicine

In this interview meet Armid Azadeh, the founder of MACQUARIE MEDICAL CARE and Tosaline Auene, Response Coordinator at MACQUARIE MEDICAL CARE, who speak about how they provide health for remote communities and lodges in Namibia through telemedicine and digital health innovation. It all started when Dr. Armid, after his return to Namibia around 2010 and 11 started to…

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How Karima Grant Creates Changemakers and Systemic Change in Education with Kër ImagiNation & ImagiNation Afrika

Meet Karima Grant, the co-founder of Kër ImagiNation Playschools & founder of ImagiNation Afrika. Karima’s vision is a world where African children become changemakers to solve the problems of development. With Kër ImagiNation she and her team design, test and implement innovative educational programs and environments that integrate play-based learning, hands-on approaches, problem solving, as…

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How Amine Slimani launched Epicerie Verte, Morocco’s Premiere Marketplace for Organic and Natural Products

Meet Amine Slimani, the founder of Epicerie Verte, a marketplace specialized in organic and natural products, both food and cosmetics.  Before starting Epicerie Verte Amine was a management consultant. He did a big project for a major foundation in Morocco, a study on entrepreneurship in the country. Through the study he met around 600 entrepreneurs mostly…

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AfricaX Changemaker Interviews How Adama Kane creates access to Medicine through Health-focused Digital Payment Platform JokkoSanté

How Adama Kane creates access to Medicine through Health-focused Digital Payment Platform JokkoSanté

In this episode, meet Adama Kane, the founder of JokkoSanté, a social enterprise and health focussed digital payment platform, that allows people that don’t have money to buy medicine to get access to meds despite their limited financial resources. And it allows NGOs, government entities and private companies as well as individuals in the Diaspora, to…

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How Dieudonne Agudah gets low income urban households in Accra access to affordable bio digester toilets with WASHKing

Meet Dieudonne Kwame Agudah, the founder of WASHKing, a social enterprise working to supply bio-digester toilets to low-income urban households in Ghana with the aim of ending open defecation and at the same time focussing on giving employment to young people while equipping them with transferable skills.  In the interview Dieudonne speaks about:  What a bio-digester…

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How Alfred Mbinglo produces Biodegradable Sanitary Pads in rural Ghana with PRIDE Sanitary Pads

Meet Dr. Alfred Mbinglo, founder of the Research and Counselling Foundation for African Migrants, short RECFAM and the initiator of Pridepad, a social enterprise initiative producing organic biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana plantain fibre for rural schoolgirls and women who lack access to menstrual products in impoverished communities. But it is not that Pridepad is…

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AfricaX Changemaker Interviews Elohor Thomas CodeLn

How Elohor Thomas matches vetted Software Engineers from Africa with Recruiters sourcing for Tech Roles through CodeLn

Meet Elohor Thomas, co-founder and CEO at CodeLn a panafrican tech startup that helps companies find their IDEAL pre-vetted software developers on the continent and at the same time helps software engineers find their dream jobs. They do that by automatically efficiently and consistently testing the skills of the software engineers before making recommendations to…

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How Cédric Singa brings GPS Tracking Solutions for Personal Security and Fleet Management to the DRC with Kintrack

Meet Cédric Singa, the founder of Kintrack, a business that creates solutions around GPS Tracking, like Fleet Management, Fuel Consumption Monitoring, Vehicle Tracking for businesses and as anti-theft measure but also tracking for school kids to provide parents and children more safety from an increasing threat of kidnapping, especially in the Eastern DRC. In the interview…

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How Aime Lebon uses pencils from recycled materials as an advocacy tool with Papersmart Industries

In this episode, meet Aime Lebon, the co-founder of Papersmart Industries in Windhoek Namibia, a company manufacturing products from recycled paper, first and foremost, pens and pencils.  When Aime first had the idea to use recycled paper in pencils, he didn’t think about building an enterprise around it. Instead, he just wanted to use the pencils…

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How Adepeju Jaiyeoba saves lives by reinventing rural maternal healthcare with Mother’s Delivery Kit

In this episode, meet Adepeju Jaiyeoba, the founder of Mother’s Delivery Kit a social enterprise working in rural maternal healthcare, that is supplying birthing kits at affordable rates to health centres, hospitals, traditional birth attendants as well as maternal and child health organisations across Nigeria to tackle high maternal and infant mortality rates in rural…

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How Simon Mokgotlhoa and Lesego Ndlovu Started BallTalent to Give Local Sport Talents Global Exposure

In this episode meet Simon Mokgotlhoa & Lesego Ndlovu, the founders of BallTalent, an online application that showcases young talents in sports and let’s international scouts and clubs, get information like videos and stats on local players.  The two of them came up with the idea when they saw many young talented people in their neighbourhood…

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How Kamal Yakub is opening up mechanized farming to smallholder farmers with TROTRO Tractor in Ghana

Meet Kamal Yakub, co-founder of TROTRO Tractor, sometimes called the ‘Uber for tractors’ in Africa. TROTRO Tractor is an agricultural technology company that makes it possible for smallholder farmers to access agricultural machinery services ranging from tractors to combined harvesters, planters etc. as well as post harvest machinery, like shellers and treshers. Why that is…

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How Ifeanyi Umejei is trying to solve the electricity problem in Nigeria with ICE Commercial Power

In this episode, meet Ifeanyi Umejei, co-founder of ICE Commercial Power in Lagos, Nigeria. He and his co-founders are on a mission to solve the power problem in Nigeria through solar micro grids. By creating these grids for SME’s, small and medium enterprise clusters, they are able to provide power for businesses, saving them money, allowing them…

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How Mahmud Johnson Built a Social Business around Eco-Friendly Palm Kernel Oil with J-Palm Liberia

★★★ In this interview meet Mahmud Johnson, founder of J-Palm Liberia, a social business, contributing to employment opportunities for young people in Liberia as well as higher incomes for farmers, by increasing productivity in and yield from sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil production. But that is just part of the impact. The other…

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How Nkem Okocha uplifts low income women in Nigeria with FinTech Social Enterprise Mamamoni

★★★ Meet Nkem Okocha, the founder of FinTech Social Enterprise Mamamoni, whom we interviewed in September 2019 in Lagos. Mamamoni is dedicated to eradicating poverty and uplift low income women from poverty through multiple vehicles which are  #1 capacity building which their foundation is in charge of that #2 access to finance, which they realise through…

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How Pedro Da Fonseca Started the LED Manufacturing Business Black Gold Engineering From Back of his Garage

In this episode, meet Pedro Da Fonseca, the founder of Black Gold Engineering, a Namibian  LED light manufacturer and distributor, that has a patented LED solution for streetlights that provides up to 70% in energy savings compared to conventional solutions.  At the time of the interview in November 2019, Pedro shares, that his patented LED is ‘the…

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BANTUMAKERS – How Vanda de Oliveira & Ricardo Figueiredo launch impact businesses in Luanda, Angola

In this interview, meet Vanda d´Oliveira and Ricardo Figueiredo , the two founders of Bantumakers, a startup studio in Angola. In our interview we chatted about how they launch businesses how they financed their first two startups, the first Angolan crowdfunding platform called DEYA and a micro job platform called SALO AND their personal journey as…

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How Samira Arjdal is promoting e-mobility and sustainable tourism in Morocco with RIVE Maroc

RIVE Maroc is an annual meeting of electric vehicles that takes place in Morocco, the starting point being Tangier and the end point Ouarzazate. The goal behind this project is to promote electric mobility and sustainable tourism. To ensure that participants can charge their vehicles along the approximately 800km distance, the RIVE Maroc duo Silvia Brutschin…

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How Desmond Koney founded Complete Farmer, a crowdfarming platform in Ghana allowing anyone to become a farmer from the comfort of their home

Complete Farmer is a crowdfarming platform founded and based in Ghana that makes it easier to source for quality farm produce in the African market and at the same time, allows anyone to fund a farming cycle as a crowdfarmer from their smartphone, get regular updates about the farm, sign up for an in person…

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How Oduwa Agboneni reinvents a male dominated industry with Nenis Auto Care in Lagos, Nigeria

In today’s episode, we speak with Oduwa Agboneni, the founder of Neni’s Autocare in Lagos. Actually, Oduwa was already a serial entrepreneur before starting her own car repair shop in the bustling Yaba district of Lagos.  She had worked as an engineer for a telco company, started a side hustle doing online ticketing and reservations and then built a travel…

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How Evariste Aohoui leveraged Co-Creation to build PARO-CI, an e-waste management company, in Abidjan from scratch

An Ashoka Fellow and previous French Teacher, Evariste Aohoui started PARO CI in 2011 because he was tired of how dirty Abidjan was. Initially, they did small and specific activities like cleanups as volunteers, taking the opportunity to sensitise people about keeping the environment clean. Later on is when they started to focus on e-waste…

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AfricaX Changemaker Interviews Wiatta Thomas - Dare to Innovate and Aquafarms Africa

How Wiatta Thomas helps launch dozens of privat sector impact businesses through their non-profit incubator Dare to Innovate in Conakry, Guinea

Wiatta was born and raised in the United States of America, but has her roots in Liberia and Sierra Leone. During her last year in university, she took three courses (Ecology, Sociology of Economics, and African Economics) that significantly changed the course of her life. It is during this time that she realised that the…

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How Richard Brandt started Codetrain, Ghana’s biggest Code School, from his kitchen table

Richard Brandt started Codetrain, Ghana’s biggest commercial coding school from his own kitchen after quitting his freelance role as a consultant, to focus on teaching young Africans the coding skills full-time and matching them with companies for employment opportunities. In our interview with him, he shares about the beginnings of his journey into entrepreneurship and…

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Crossing over from Senegal into The Gambia

5 min read Friends, this was the least we were prepared for a border crossing. First, all we knew was that we needed to get to Karang which was the border town from Senegal into The Gambia, and then take a ferry from Barra to Banjul, the capital. And second, we left the hotel in…

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Diama Border – Crossing over into Senegal from Mauritania

8 min read Before leaving Mauritania for Senegal, we did all the research for the border process. What we learned was to avoid the Rosso border, which has been referred to by various bloggers as the worst place on earth, a hellhole, the armpit of the world. Our crossing into Morocco and Mauritania were quite…

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How we did Morocco in 2 weeks

6 min read Two weeks ago, I could not drive a stick to save a life. Past tense. As over the past two weeks I have reacquainted myself with driving a manual car since hitting Morocco. The plan was always that Thomas would get on the Zero and I would follow closely behind with Jolene.…

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Dolly Parton, Working and Twerking – Greetings from Barcelona

5 min read Yesterday was our first very intense driving session. We left Amsterdam at 9:00 am and arrived in Barcelona at 2:00 am. That’s a total of…17 hours on the road. It took me ten minutes to calculate that, not because I am bad at Math, but because Thomas is distracting me with his…

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