Entrepreneurship

Could this startup help prevent future fuel crises in Africa?

Zambia. While African leaders and global organizations continue to work toward implementing a sustainable infrastructure to ease the continent's energy crisis, entrepreneurs like Mutoba Ngoma of Tapera Industries are taking it upon themselves to provide solutions for alternative energy - by turning used vegetable oil into fuel for cars and machinery. more

Source: CNN

Business

7 things you didn’t know about South Africa’s only black billionaire

South Africa. Patrice Motsepe is a man who quite literally struck gold. In 1997, when the gold market was close to its lowest in the last three decades, he started buying gold mines at favorable prices and later founded the first South African black-owned mining company, African Rainbow Minerals. Today, he is one of seven South Africans in the list, and the only black man. more

Source: CNN

Business

Kenya: One of East Africa’s First Female Mountain Guides On ‘Making It’ and Starting a Business to Boot

Kenya. As one of the few women guides operating in East Africa, Zoe Wanjiru has been guiding tourists up some of the region's most treacherous peaks, including Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya for seven years. In August 2010, she launched travel company Bush and Events Africa, which she co-owns. Peter Musa from Akilah Net spoke to her about discrimination, flirtatious guests, and professional as well as personal triumphs. more

Source: allafrica

Entrepreneurship

The startup that’s harder to get into than Harvard

Nigeria, USA. Johnson Ejezie was initially daunted by the prospect of moving to Lagos from his home town in Nigeria's south-east, due to the polio he contracted at a young age and related health problems. But what pulled the 26-year-old to Nigeria's bustling metropolis was stronger than his fears -- an invitation to take part in a bootcamp for Andela, a startup which pays young Nigerians to train as programmers and work for international companies. more

Source: CNN

Health, Innovation

Kenya slum Mathare gets cheap water through ATMs

Kenya. Get clean drinking water from an ATM-style vending machine? For half a Kenya shilling (half a US cent) for 20 litres of water? It's happening in Mathare slum area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, thanks to a partnership between the local government and the Danish water engineering company Grundfos. more

Source: BBC

Crowdfunding

Thundafund: The crowdfunding platform made for Africa

South Africa. In the egalitarian world of crowdfunding, most sites are much the same -- largely passive templates for start-ups to vie for investment. While these tools may be advantageous abroad, in Africa... not so much. What works in New York might not necessarily work in Cape Town. Knowing this, one South African company has created an ethically-conscious platform for entrepreneurs from the continent -- and it's leaving its rivals by the wayside in the process. more

Source: CNN

Millennium Villages

Fast-tracking development: A Ugandan village’s experience

Uganda. The 50,000 or so people living in Ruhiira in Uganda have been part of a high-profile aid initiative over the past nine years. It is one of the locations across Africa chosen by the US economist Jeffrey Sachs to establish Millennium Villages - intended to be a model for accelerating the end of global poverty. more

Source: BBC

Education

Coding their way out of crime

South Africa. A new initiative is trying to turn around South Africa’s dire reoffending rate by teaching prison inmates to code. The initiative, Brothers for All, is an offshoot of fellow non-profit Mothers for All, which supports orphans and vulnerable children. The driving force behind the project is 32-year-old Sihle Tshabalala, who knows all about the damaging effects of poverty and crime, having spent 11 years in prison himself. more