In this episode, IT’S AFRICA’S TIME travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet some of the amazing women who have become role models in their communities, enabled by the 5by20 Project, Coca-Cola’s extraordinary global initiative focused on developing effective entrepreneurship amongst 5 million women by 2020. We meet Korach, a former pavement trader in Addis who now owns her own store and whose income has improved dramatically since being trained in business and life skills by a 5by20 local implementing partner; and we meet Tiruwork, who for years has worked tirelessly with her fellow sanitary workers keeping the capital’s streets clean. With new skills and confidence gained through the programme, she and a group of almost 1000 women have partnered with local government and a recycling company in a pilot programme which sees them separating waste and earning each time they deliver recyclable plastic to the local business partner.
We also visit Zimbabwe, to see how Sondelani Ranching, a tomato, chicken and maize feed agribusiness on the outskirts of Bulawayo is benefitting from the support of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) who is creating hope by challenging the country’s cycle of poverty and bringing economic growth and opportunity to those who need it most. A $750,000 subsidy and interest free loan from AECF helped to build a state of the art processing plant and develop young Zimbabwean farmers, drawing them from life in the cities back to the land and the sustainable economic opportunities it enables.