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3 Young African Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World

Changing the world seems like a daunting (and sometimes lofty) mission.

Yet, for many, it’s a purpose that a lot are passionate about.

But even with more and more people wanting to make a positive social impact on the globe, it can be hard for you, as a change-maker, to know where to start.

Luckily, making a positive social impact can start right in your local community. Sometimes, it can even be as easy as putting your money where your mouth is.

But if you’re having trouble getting inspired to drive change in your own backyard, take a look across thousands of miles and learn how these 3 young African social entrepreneurs are changing their local communities.

3 Young African Social Entrepreneurs

Adepeju Jaiyeoba, Saving Women’s Lives One Kit at a Time

“On average, in Nigeria, for every 13 births, one baby will not live to be a year old. And for every 160 births, one mother will lose her life,” the Mother’s Delivery Kit’s website states.

Since its founding in 2013, Mother’s Delivery Kit has sold over 50,000 kits and trained over 2,000 birth attendants.

It has also set up a platform to connect hundreds of women to the lifesaving health information and personnel needed for childbirth.

And if all of the above wasn’t enough to convince you, maybe hearing it from President Obama might.

Jaiyeoba’s Facebook >>

Lombola Lombola, Empowering Youth and Championing Sustainability through Furniture

Ever wondered if the chair you’re sitting on is eco-friendly, sustainable, and helping empower youth and women locally?

Probably not. Lombola Lombola aims to change that.

Lombola is a social entrepreneur in Malawi blazing a new path in empowering his local community and building products with an ethical, eco-friendly, sustainable basis.

His company, Bamboo Express, makes high-quality bamboo furniture, completely handmade. On why he chose bamboo to build his furniture, Lombola stated in this Alcalde article, “There’s lots of bamboo in Malawi, so it’s eco-friendly and renewable. Bamboo takes three years to regenerate whereas timber typically takes 10.”

Not only is Bamboo Express concerned with being eco-friendly and sustainable, Lombola also ensures that Bamboo Express puts ethical labor at the forefront, especially as it’s based in a country with high youth unemployment. His company employs 15 young people and has trained over 30 youth through its entrepreneurship apprentice program.

Lombola’s LinkedIn Profile >>

Jean-Patrick Ehouman, Leveraging Technology for Entrepreneurship and Peace

Uniquely familiar with software and apps, Jean-Patrick Ehouman is much like the technological minds you may find in California’s Silicon Valley, though he hails from the Ivory Coast and is based in France.

Jean-Patrick Ehouman
Copyright Julien Pantaleo

However, Ehouman is passionate about using technology to better the lives of many, especially in various African countries.

He founded Akendewa in 2009, a tech NGO and hub dedicated to producing apps to benefit the local community. The apps Akendewa aims to launch are based in areas like health, local politics and elections, and social engagement, among others. The tech NGO is the biggest tech community in Francophonie Africa with more than 1200 members.

Not only does Akendewa champion using tech to better lives, it places a large emphasis on empowering African women as well. Its SheIsTheCode program aims to train 50,000 women from 15 African countries to code and get into the tech industry.

Ehouman’s Website >>

Healthcare. Technology. Accessibility. Unemployment. Even furniture.

These are just some of the many areas that these 3 young African social entrepreneurs are driving change in their community.

So think of some of the issues that plague your local community. What ways can you make a positive social impact within your city? What issues can you tackle within your organization?

Maybe it’s even taking the time to learn how to make a sustainable, lasting change. One way to do that is through our own Social Impact program.

Either way, making a positive social impact and changing the world doesn’t have to be a daunting life mission. It just needs for you to be passionate about making a positive social change and to start where you are.

To leave you inspired to take action, Ehouman, one of the 3 social entrepreneurs, gives some great advice to social entrepreneurs everywhere:

“If I can’t change the world, I’ll improve some lives.”

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