Category entrepreneurs

Success Story from Liberia: Fombah Kanneh’s Social Entrepreneurship

Fombah Lasana Kanneh was born in August, 1984 in Mecca Town in northwestern Liberia. Fombah’s father died when he was a child and he was raised by his mother in a make-shift home in an impoverished slum in Monrovia. Growing up in a single-parent household while Liberia was experiencing its First Civil War (1989 to 1996) was […]

Success Story from The Gambia: Alieu Jallow Supports Young Entrepreneurs

Alieu Jallow was born in Ker Ardo, in the North Bank of the Gambia in 1990. His childhood memories are of being a herdsman and of hardship, especially in years when the rains failed. Through his mother’s perseverance to obtain sufficient funds, Alieu was fortunate to be able to graduate from Masroor Senior Secondary School […]

Success Story from Kenya: Kelvin Macharia, Young Entrepreneur

Kelvin “Kevo” Macharia Kuria was born in June 1990 in Nakuru, Kenya. As a student at Nakuru High School Kelvin was distressed by the ants, cockroaches, and flies that would make their way into his dorm room. He began to experiment with mixing extracts from shrubs that might deter the invaders and wound up inventing […]

Success Story from Eritrea: Kassahun Checole Founds Africa World Press and Red Sea Press

By guest blogger Dr. Mussa Idris* Kassahun Checole is the founder and publisher of Africa World Press and the Red Sea Press. Mr. Checole was born in what is today Eritrea. While in secondary school in Keren, Eritrea, he enjoyed organizing a musical group and wrote poetry in his school’s first newsletter. Later, he started […]

Success Story from Zimbabwe: Strive Masiyiwa Supports Education

Strive Masiyiwa was born in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, in 1961. He attended primary school in Zambia, completed his secondary education in Scotland, and obtained a degree in electrical engineering in Wales. In 1984 he returned to Zimbabwe and set up an electrical engineering business, which by 1989 was quite large and successful. With the […]

Success Story from Tanzania: Reginald Mengi Supports Corporate Responsibility

Reginald Abraham Mengi was born into a family of modest means in northern Tanzania, but with some struggle he was able to obtain a good education in the UK. Upon his return to Tanzania in 1971, he secured a position with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. He stayed with the firm, which became […]

Success Story from Malawi: William Kamkwamba and Alternative Energy

William Kambwamba was born in 1987 to a family of farmers in rural Malawi. When a prolonged drought caused their crops to fail and the family’s income to decline, Mr. Kambwamba was forced to drop out of school due to a lack of funds for school fees. Rather than lament his apparent ill fate, 14 […]