African coffee producers today are struggling to get a fair price for their products. Margaret Nyamumbo, a young ne Kenyan entrepreneur, is pioneering the use of technology to redress that balance by connecting consumers in the US with producers in Kenya.
From humble beginnings in Addis Ababa, Bethlehem Alemu has built Sole Rebels into an international brand and concept, weaving traditional craft, a history of re-cycling, a drive to provide dignified incomes for Ethiopians and entrepreneurial courage and vision.
The story of the legendary Nana Benz women who have powered the textile trade in the small West African country of Togo since independence is both inspiring and illuminating. It charts the history of the ‘pagne’ – the wax textiles that are the pride of West Africa women, the story of colonial rule and independence, international trade and economic controls, and, above all, the role of these women entrepreneurs in their country’s development.