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Africa Entrepreneurs

For Africa to Truly Rise, Entrepreneurs Must Be Prioritized

Tarek Mouganie | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Tarek Mouganie

Growing up, I had endless support from my family, the teachers at school and my university professors. I completed a PhD in physics at a relatively young age and spent some time trying to commercialize the project I setup, all thanks to my funders -- a venture-backed project. It was this experience that made me want to help other entrepreneurs. So after six years on the job, I headed back to Ghana with all my savings and a vague career goal.

It's Time for the Real Africa to Stand Up

Elsie Kanza | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Elsie Kanza

Africa is a region brimming with promise. Economies are expanding faster than anywhere outside Asia, trade is flourishing -- even within its own borders, investment interest is unprecedented.

This Is Really Nice Of You, Gmail Creator

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The creator of Gmail is so determined to make a newbie microlending project more well known that he’s going to donate up to $100,000 for tweets and ...

"Building Our Future," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Wasted Potential," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Upwardly Mobile," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"The Travelers' Oasis," From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"The Fish in Kenya Are Not Educated", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Diversifying Strategies", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Fragile Lives", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

"Some Courses Come From the Heart", From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Art in the Midst of Land Mines, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Seed Supplier, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.13.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Indomitable Mobile Payments Entrepreneur, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

To University By Donkey Cart, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

The Medical Supplier of Sacre Coeur, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Pioneering Green Technology, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

By Faith Shop, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities fac...

Surviving Cancer on $1.58 Per Day, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

At the time she received her first Zidisha loan, Aida Sow was a robust young mother, full of ambition for the future of her two preschool-aged children, Ndeye Marie and Ousseynou.

An Ageless Family Man, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

The other day Wajoshua was personally fixing one of the many atrocious roads that leads to the school, throwing heavy rocks out of the path and carrying bags of sand and gravel to replace them. I am continually amazed by how much energy he has to do these things.

Milling Maize for the Maasai, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

John Mopel Napais hails from Kenya's Maasai Mara, whose endless savannas are home to a mostly nomadic population.

The Village Technology Hub, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Eliud Mathu is a young entrepreneur who created a multi-service technology boutique in a small village in the rugged mountains of Kenya's Rift Valley. He used a Zidisha loan of $536 to buy a computer and a scanner-printer for the boutique.

A New Bill Gates, From Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories

Julia Kurnia | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Venture is a rich and readable collection of true microfinance stories. It is written for anyone who would like to better understand the realities faced by the the aspiring middle class in the world's least developed countries.

The Village Matriarch, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Serah Wanjiku Mukuria works at the Mugaa Village Secondary School, a rare rural high school nestled in the highlands of Kenya's Rift Valley, as a secretary (many people affectionately call her "Madam Secretary") and also takes care of her farm and animals.

Madame Ndeye Bineta Sarr, The Fashion Creator, From 'Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories'

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Julia Kurnia

West Africa is famous for its vibrant traditional clothing, and many women in Dakar make a living from sewing traditional dresses. Yet in this competitive market, Ndeye has carved out a niche for herself thanks to sheer artistic genius.