AFRICA’S BIGGEST VENTURE BUILDING PROGRAM FOR HER YOUNGEST ENTREPRENEURS

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For years we have championed and supported Very Young Entrepreneurs through our venture-building fellowship program and ecosystem activities.
This three-year program sees top finalists from the African continent, developing and growing their respective businesses with the support and guidance of our venture building team. We believe that with the right tools, these young entrepreneurs will continue to build job generative businesses that will positively impact their communities.
Our parent, educator, and investor communities and resources are available to make sure that very young entrepreneurs receive the highest quality of support from those around them.

MEET THE ANZISHA FELLOWS OF 2021

1.
Rebecca Taboukouna
RBK Pearls
Sector
Fashion
Year Selected
2021
Age at Selection
22
Country

About Rebecca​

22-year-old student and entrepreneur Rebecca is originally from Niamtougou, a town in northern Togo. She is a software developer who develops websites and mobile applications.​

Transition into Entrepreneurship​

After attending a beading and soapmaking workshop that her father paid for, Rebecca discovered a passion for the craft. She made a few samples that garnered positive feedback and sold well among her family and friends. On the basis of this early success, Rebecca teamed up with a few friends to try and meet the growing demand for her products. Thus, her business came into existence.​

Business Profile​

Rebecca is the founder of RBK Pearls, which manufactures and sells beaded accessories. She started her business in 2019 in the capital city, Lomé. RBK Pearls offers a range of products, with waist beads, bracelets, and necklaces being the bestselling items. The team produces approximately 300 articles per month. To market these products, Rebecca maintains an active presence on social media and also participates in fairs and other big events. As demand continues to grow, Rebecca plans to secure a formal production and office space. She also intends to recruit more drivers in order to improve the delivery service.

2.
Rebecca Samuella Kalokoh
Grace Venture Natural Products
Sector
Manufacturing
Year Selected
2021
Age at Selection
20
Country
Sierra Leone

About Rebecca​

21-year-old Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone’s Institute of Public Administration and Management. She holds a bacherlor’s degree in Business Administration. An opportunity to participate in a leadership training sparked Rebecca’s desire to start a business. She sees herself as a capable job creator and as a young woman who can succeed even in male-dominated industries.​

Transition into Entrepreneurship​

After experiencing adverse reactions to skin products, Rebecca went searching for solutions online and from her elders. She experimented with different homemade recipes to see how her skin and hair might respond to organic products. Her concoctions got the attention of friends and family, and shortly thereafter, she launched her own business.​

Business Profile​

Rebecca founded Grace Venture Natural Products to provide women and men with organic soaps, creams, and body lotions. The main product offerings are: Wonder Fruit Blacksoap, Fruit Hair Butter, and Combine Fruit Body Oil. Twice a month, Rebecca and her team develop their products using oil extracts from fruits and seeds as well as locally grown herbs such that they have no side effects on skin and hair. The company has a B2B2C business model and supplies five well-known cosmetics shops and supermarkets in Freetown. As demand increases, the Grace Venture Natural Products plans to expand their operations and automate parts of their production line in order to scale up.

3.
Tafadzwa Chikwereti
Murimi electronic Agriculture t/a eAgro
Sector
Agriculture
Year Selected
2021
Age at Selection
22
Country
Zimbabwe

About Tafadzwa

Tafadzwa is a 22-year-old entrepreneur and a farmer from Zimbabwe. He is passionate about agriculture and the potential of technology in stabilizing farmers’ financial status.

Transition into Entrepreneurship

Because Tafadzwa is a farmer and comes from an agricultural family, his passion for agriculture has been growing since he was a kid. He mostly spends his time visiting his father’s farm and surrounding areas to get more depth and understanding of the challenges that farmers face. At the age of 19, he started a small company called Musika which linked farmers to buyers through WhatsApp. Through this start-up, he learnt that farmers had more deep-rooted problems that relates to their financial stability and their insurance so he pivoted to his current start-up, eAgro.

Business Profile

Tafadzwa launched Murimi Electronic Agriculture (eAgro) in March 2020. eAgro fosters resilience and profitability of smallholder farmers by using data analytics and machine learning. Farmers in emerging markets face challenges from low productivity and growth traps mainly due to the risks they face from ongoing climate change, pests, economic turmoil etc. This leads to farmers to dwell in poverty and their inability to grow their farms. Additionally, farmers struggle to find financial stability as they cannot afford traditional insurance premiums. Where several banks offer credit to farmers theoretically, yet only 1% of bank lending goes to agriculture in Africa which means practically farmers cannot access the credit. Therefore, eAgro aims at creating low-cost insurance premiums and alternative credit scores tailored for unbanked and underserved farmers.

eAgro’s dream is to be able to scale into other countries within the SADC region and be able to put their services and products in the hands of every farmer. We plan to grow and scale by partnering with governmental bodies and NGOs working directly with farmers to be able to scale our product.

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