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"Hold onto your dream. It’s your dream, you can achieve it."
Sue Barnes, founder of Project Dignity and Subz Pads (South Africa)
“Work from your heart - If you believe in your business, others will too!”
Michelle Rumbelow, founder of Liviya (South Africa)
“Every morning we have two choices: to continue sleeping with our dreams or to wake up and pursue them - so insist, persist, but do not give up.”
Milena de Lurdes Valoi, founder of Anellim (Mozambique)
“My team is the fuel of the business, they put their hearts and soul into what they do.”
Anicha Abdul, founder of EP Management & Consultancy Services (Mozambique)
“Being a female entrepreneur in Africa is especially challenging, it’s not for the faint-hearted.”
Swaady Martin, founder of YSWARA
“Here’s to the women who will change the narrative of African women: May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
Dr. Ola Orekunrin, founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria
“Always look back at the same time as looking to the present, and use those images to compare and make sure there is an evolution between those years.”
Carmen Miral, founder of Black Khakhela (Mozambique)
“… for the first two to three years you have to be ready to have an equal measure of pain and joy with a strong tilt towards pain for most of the first 18 months."
Abai Schulze, founder of ZAAF (Ethiopia)
“Start with the educational system. We are conditioned to be job seekers. Entrepreneurship must be taught from childhood.”
Nathalie Kpanté, founder of Choco-Togo (Togo)
"I want to appeal to fellow women, we have to look back at our culture and mentor our young girls to have a bright future."
Julian Omalla, founder of Delight Uganda Limited (Uganda)
“If in your heart you know that this is what you want to do, please do it despite all the pressure from society.”
Flora Mutahi, founder & CEO of Melvin Marsh International (Kenya)
“African youth are not waiting for any reforms to happen. Our moment is now. The African continent offers tremendous business opportunities and we are committed to developing quality products and services.”
Abigail Urey-Miller, co-founder & CEO of Edgail Recycling Inc. (Liberia)
"The future of Africa depends on technology, and the opportunity it gives girls and young women for greater prosperity."
Mariéme Jamme, founder of iamtheCODE
"....the best thing about female entrepreneurs is that they have an inborn responsibility toward society and aspire to help others and enjoy doing it."
Lorna Rutto, founder of EcoPost (Kenya)
"The most satisfaction for me is having team members who start their own businesses and supply us as independent cooperatives or businesses. It means we have done our job right."
Linda Mukangoga, co-founder of Haute Baso (Rwanda)
“Running a business successfully needs focused, deliberate leadership and women entrepreneurs and CEOs can lead the way in that regard through purposeful and transformational leadership.”
Ruka Sanusi, founder of Alldens Lane (Ghana)
"One needs to be armed with information in order to successfully navigate any venture. Information is your compass. If you know better, you will do better."
Mo Abudu, founder and Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife TV
"Go for it, don't let stereotypes of what a woman should be or look like stop you from achieving your full potential."
Joelle Eyeson, co-founder of Hive Earth (Ghana)
“For me, failure teaches self-confidence and tenacity.”
Divine Ndhlukula founder of SECURICO Security Services (Zimbabwe)
“You need to be strong mentally and to continue believing in your dream when faced with tough times, so surround yourself with people who inspire you.”
Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel With Flair (South Africa)
"You can work for a boss and make a living or you can work for yourself and make a fortune: the choice is yours."
Margaret Hirsch, co-founder of Hirsch's Homestores (South Africa)
“Reach out for a hand of support when the path seems daunting and be equally ready to reach out your hand to steady that of another on their journey. Growth is collaborative.”
Dr Levashni Naidoo, founder of The Dermatology Room (South Africa)
"My greatest satisfaction is being able to provide jobs for other people."
Phindi Msomi, founder of Olwazini Consulting Services (South Africa)
“… no matter how hard this journey is, we should still make time to enjoy life and experience happiness!”
Lizl Naude, founder of Lilly Loompa (South Africa)
"It has been a long journey, getting here has been challenging; it has been full of challenges as well as triumphs. This is why we have something to celebrate.”
Adenike Ogunlesi, founder of Ruff 'n' Tumble (Nigeria)
“Every road that is worth traveling on will bring its own set of challenges”
Eldari Visser, founder of Picketfence Life (South Africa)
"It was my dream to capture true African luxury, change the world's perception of Africa and produce a luxury brand that is truly African in origin, nature and tradition."
Swaady Martin, founder of Yswara