A podcast interviewing entrepreneurs and business leaders in the emerging market of East Africa. Host Sam Floy showcases companies operating across Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Find conversations with companies ranging from solar power and food production to smoothies and toothpicks.
From rags to riches: Re-afric make colourful shoes from recycled African fabric that sell worldwide
This week's episode comes from Kibera, Kenya's biggest, and one of Africa's largest, informal settlements.
Life is tough here, and many talk about the "slum mentality" where a lack of opportunities leads to drug abuse, crime and a general sense of despair.
Julius Otieno is an inspiration for those in his neighbourhood. After dropping out of high school as his family could no longer pay his school fees he combined the talents of his mother (a tailor) and his father (a cobbler) to make colourful, hand-made shoes from discarded pieces of African fabric. The shoes are a hit, with both Kibera residents and expatriates (such as myself). Julius and I talk about his story, how the shoes are made, and the impact of the business in reducing environmental waste and providing meaningful employment to the Kibera youth. We also discuss Julius' trip to Paris, after he was selected by an ambassador to present at a trade show there. This involved Julius needing to get funding to get a passport in order to leave the country, let alone have his experience on a plane. For more information on the business, head to the show notes where you can find the Re-afric website, as well as a blog post I wrote several months ago about meeting Julius for the first time. You can also head to www.theeastafricabusinesspodcast.com where you can learn about opportunities to help companies like Julius', whether that be expertise or funding, should you so wish. READ MORE AT: https://theeastafricabusinesspodcast.com/2019/12/19/from-rags-to-riches-re-afric-make-colourful-shoes-from-recycled-african-fabric-that-sell-worldwide
Affordable healthcare for the masses: Ilara Health's sustainable business model saves lives
This week we're featuring what has to be one of my favourite business models to date.One of the dominant themes in East Africa is that individuals and businesses don't have the cash to afford products and services that would earn them more money, and...
The opportunities and challenges of making affordable socks in Kenya
This week we're talking with two friends who have set up a business making socks in Kenya.Both Vidyesh and Bishell grew up in Nairobi to entrepreneurial families, and after education in the UK returned home to begin a business.They are also friends with...
Cracking the nut industry: how Kenya adopted the world's most valuable nut, with Charles Muigai
Do you know what the world's most expensive nut is?It's the macadamia nut.Similar in shape and colour to a chickpea, but up to twice the size, it's originally from Australia and is now grown in several tropical locations around the world.In Kenya, the...
(Chia) Seed Investors: the surprising story of how chia seeds came to be grown in Africa
In this episode, I speak with Sabina Karumba about how she and her husband started Chia Africa.Most businesses have an interesting formation story, though this one is one of the best I've heard in a while.Sabina and her husband were watching TV one...
How Lynk raised $1.3m and evolved from "TaskRabbit for Kenya" to micro-franchising and construction
In this episode, I catch up with Johannes, co-founder of Lynk.We initially spoke back in late 2016 along with his co-founder Adam. You can listen to the interview by searching for the episode on 'How Lynk is building a "TaskRabbit for Kenya"'.The...
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Interesting insights about East Africa. Make sure to include a few tunes (intro, outro) to make the episodes less plain. Looking forward to listening to more episodes soon. Good luck!
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