AFRICA • URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Following a path less travelled for women in Africa, Hilda’s passion for innovation and societal transformation through entrepreneurship has already driven her to help multinational corporations like Coca-Cola create last-mile solutions in Africa and begin transforming the way businesses access funding in Kenya and across the African continent. You’ll be amazed when she shares the number of how many good and profitable businesses in the region closed after just 2-3 years simply because they couldn’t access the funds to scale.
Her company Pezesha provides valuable solutions for small businesses to survive and thrive, connecting them with funding solutions, credit scoring, and business and financial education; all these are the things that simply don’t exist. It not only helps existing business owners operate their businesses more efficient, but it also encourages and inspires entrepreneurship in local communities, stimulating the economy and ensuring wealth is distributed to all.
What’s fascinating about Hida’s approach to technology and innovation is the way she and her team layer this over existing social behaviours, resulting in wider acceptance, more engagement and greater impact.
In our episode, you’ll learn what a ‘chimba’ is and how Hilda is burning a trail for women as entrepreneurs in Africa.
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OCEANIA • FINANCIAL SERVICES
Bringing Online Payments to the Population with 3% Credit Card Penetration | Celeste (Lupe) Solofa
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • INVESTMENT
How Kenza Traveled the World to Find Her Calling and Started an African VC Fund | Kenza Lahlou
Kenza was born in Morocco, but has quite a rich international experience: from France and Singapore, all the way to the USA. At some point, she found her calling and decided to go back to her home country.
AFRICA • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
Advancing Learning for Millions of Kids Through Entertainment | Lucrezia Bisignani
Lucrezia wanted to be an actress and started her entrepreneurial journey when she was 8 years old, selling crafts to give to those most in need.
LATIN AMERICA • TECHNOLOGY
Three Continents, One Data-Driven eCommerce Startup and a Baby | Ann Pichestapong
In this episode, we meet Ann, founder and CEO of DataCue, who not only launched her own company but did it with her husband as her co-founder whilst travelling across Central and South America for their honeymoon!
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
From $300 to $60K Monthly Revenue and Serving 400,000 Students Worldwide | Daria Kroshkina
With a passion for learning, growth and continuous development, Dasha turned the knowledge she used herself to secure scholarships.
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • FOOD & BEVERAGES
What Gets Measured Gets Done: 200 000 Meals Saved and Counting | Anastasia Hofmann
Anastasia went to the hospitality school in Lausanne, where she met her business partner, Noemi, and in 2017, they decided to launch Kitro, a startup that focuses on food waste management.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • CONSUMER SERVICES
Launching a Lingerie Platform for Women in the Middle East | Christina Ganim
Christina was born in Jerusalem, moved to North Carolina, USA as a kid because of the tense political situation in Palestine, but came back to her home country as a teenager.
LATIN AMERICA • HR
Bringing 1 Million Jobs to Latin America | Jessica Hammer
Ever since she can remember, Jessica has been walking the streets of Venezuela protesting with her family against various injustices Venezuelan people suffer.
AFRICA • TECHNOLOGY
How to Save 500 million Trees per Year? | Bethlehem Dejene
More than ever, environmentalists like Bethlehem are convinced that the government can, and must, take more drastic measures when it comes to sustaining our only planet.
GLOBAL • TECHNOLOGY
7 Women-Led Startups That Impact People’s Lives in Emerging Markets
Women make vast contributions to economies across the world, whether that’s in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs, or by doing usually unpaid domestic work.
AFRICA • ENTERPRISE
Rebecca Enonchong: To Be an Entrepreneur You Have to Be Crazy
“If a black African woman could succeed in America in 1999, then all the entrepreneurs across the world can succeed!”, Rebecca Enonchong, tech entrepreneur, founder and CEO of AppsTech and iospaces.
GLOBAL • ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES
Maanasa Mendu: Access to Clean Affordable Energy
Maanasa cares. She cares as much as you do about the well-being of our planet and its citizens. Inspired by her trip to India and seeing how many people don’t have access to energy,