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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"Prosperity creation is the sole route to the elimination of poverty. And to create sustained prosperity, you have to create something truly world class."
- Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu is founder and Managing Director of soleRebels, the world's fastest-growing African footwear brand and the only Fair Trade-certified footwear company in the world. Growing up in a poor suburb of Addis Ababa, Bethlehem decided that there was only one way to defeat poverty – use local craftsmanship to make products that can compete in the global marketplace. She decided on footwear and today 70,000 pairs of shoes leave her factory every year. soleRebels has been expanding rapidly and today exports to no fewer than 45 countries and is targeting 50 stand alone soleRebels retail stores across the United States by 2018 and 500 worldwide by 2022.
Failure's a chance to learn....
"There is no such thing as failure, only learning for next time."
- Lucilla Blankenberg is the founder of Off the Ground Media, a South African media company focused on television, radio, print, outdoor and media campaign management and development for brands and companies. Lucilla is experienced in directing and producing all forms of media. Her television projects have included the coming of age youth drama series, Amaza, featured on SABC 1; and a documentary project, A Country for my Daughter, which won her a Gender and Media Award for best documentary.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
They say that a picture says a thousand words, and we couldn't agree more. In the world of Lionesses of Africa, we celebrate women's entrepreneurship in all its forms on the continent, and we love the powerful images that conjure up the spirit of women-led startups and the products and services they create. Each Monday to Friday, we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life of, a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
'Image of the Day Gallery' monthly eBook. Click to view.
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S WOMEN-LED ARTISAN ENTERPRISES
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
When we talk about being innovative, we typically think about those rare game-changers who create something completely revolutionary that changes our lives and the world we live in. Yet more often than not, being innovative is often a case of rethinking an existing idea, product, or traditional way of doing something, and finding ways to make it better or work differently. Often the most creative and innovative businesses are those that combine existing ideas but take a more ‘out of the box’ approach to finding a fresh solution, in the process creating something that feels vibrant and new. Sometimes, reimagining the world opens up huge possibilities for new innovations and entrepreneurial opportunities. But the trick to success is learning to recognise that often it’s just as exciting to take existing ideas and concepts and reinvent them to meet the challenges of a changing world, rather than starting with a completely blank piece of paper.