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8 Surprising Products From Africa That You Use Every Day

All too often, outsiders see Africa as a place in need. A place that receives clothing donations and excess foodstuffs from the West. But Africa is more than a charity case: The rest of the world relies on products from African countries to operate. In fact, you probably use products from Africa every day, in some unexpected...


Kigali is the Best City in East Africa for Young Professionals — Here’s Why

Kigali rarely comes to mind when thinking of bustling East African capitals. Kampala, Dar Es Salaam, and Nairobi have it beat in population size, wealth, and nightlife. But Kigali isn’t the sleepy village is seems. Some of the continent’s most innovative minds are taking up residence in this peaceful yet rapidly developing city. Forget what...


The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Investing in Africa

Far too often, Africa is neglected as a serious place for business investment. Stories of poverty, corruption, and insecurity drown out those of growth, opportunities, and innovation.  Isolated problems are interpreted as endemic to the continent, despite the distance and diversity of countries. The fact is, there is a lot in Africa for investors to...


7 Surefire Tips to Make Money AND Change the World From a Successful Social Entrepreneur

The jump from good idea to sustainable enterprise is a big one. Social entrepreneur Gayatri Datar, who was recently named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list, made that leap with her company EarthEnable. EarthEnable builds attractive, affordable earthen flooring in Rwanda as a solution to the health hazards posed by the dirt floors found in most homes. Floors...


Entrepreneurs Profit From East Africa’s Growing Luxury Goods Market

Often, work in Africa revolves around the idea of “helping” the poor. While this is certainly a noble approach, it is not the only way to make a living in East Africa. Studies from the African Development Bank, the Standard Bank of South Africa, and the International Monetary Fund show that, across the continent, a...


When Less Equals More: Entrepreneurs Find Success In Small Batches

Entrepreneurs in the developing world are thinking small — and finding success. By flipping the conventional “think big” wisdom on its head, enterprising individuals are reaching a largely untapped and potentially lucrative market: low-income populations. Their big idea? Sell in smaller quantities. In East Africa, you can buy a single cigarette, a single serving of peanuts,...


Working Moms On Dealing With Long Days, Tough Bosses, and Other People’s Problems

Rwanda has no shortage of ambitious women. Over half of the Parliament is composed of women, and Rwanda is among the countries in Africa with the most female entrepreneurs. As a result, there is an abundance of impressive women juggling workplace and home life. Are you an ambitious working mom? AkilahNet asked some of Rwanda’s hardest...


Moving to Kigali? 10 Things to Keep in Mind

Kigali, Rwanda’s impressively organized and clean capital, is growing fast. With the population expected to hit 3 million by 2025, it is quickly developing the amenities found in larger neighboring cities like Kampala and Nairobi. Goods and services previously nonexistent are becoming readily available. However, with its current 1.3 million residents, the city maintains somewhat...


10 Companies Hiring Right Now

East Africa is one of the world’s most economically competitive regions. An average of 6.2% growth over the last 10 years has made East African countries fertile grounds for investment and business. All this growth translates into plenty of new job opportunities. Large international corporations as well as small start-up social enterprises are entering the...


Fashion Industry Careers: Not Only for the Hopelessly Hip

This past fall in Kigali and Kampala, designers and models from around the region gathered to celebrate creativity and style during Fashion Week. These events, while entertaining, are also key to moving the region’s fashion industry forward. If watching the models sashay down the runway planted dreams of a fashion career in your mind, here...