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How this company built a business by charging phones in rural Tanzania

Juabar has built a franchise network of micro-business owners who offer phone charging services.

In Tanzania, good coffee shops can be good business, says entrepreneur

When Canadian Sandra Macdonald-Mulokozi moved to Tanzania 11 years ago, she craved a café where she would get good coffee and Wi-Fi. So she opened one.

How Tanzania’s Ubongo Media built a business by making maths cool

Tanzania social enterprise is helping children in East Africa improve their maths with interactive educational cartoon.

Jonathan Somen’s journey of building and selling a multi-million dollar IT business

Jonathan Somen is one of East Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs.

After selling company for $500k, Joel Mwale now wants to change the way we learn

At the young age of 21, Joel Mwale has already achieved a lot.

Taking the leap: Entrepreneur on why he left Poland to start a business in Nigeria

“At that time my knowledge about Nigeria was the so-called Google knowledge,” says Marek Zmyslowski.

Why manufacturing locally was the logical step for Kenyan entrepreneur

“We had no background in biscuit [manufacturing] but decided to innovate, work with a strong team, do trials and invest in market surveys and marketing,” says Raj Malde.

Our five most interesting entrepreneur profiles of 2014

Over the past year How we made it in Africa wrote about numerous entrepreneurs doing interesting things on the continent.

South Africa’s ‘all-girl’ brewery wins fans

A group of women in Johannesburg are dismantling masculine notions associated with beer.

How cleaning company founder made a success of a ‘thankless job’

How we made it in Africa talks to Alex Nyaga, founder of Kenya’s Parapet Cleaning Services.

Why South Africa’s eTV founder is going mobile with TV streaming app

“If you want a pan-African mass medium, the only thing that is going to work is mobile.”

VIDEO: Designer goods brand weaving in African culture

Greer Valley and Themba Mntambo are the co-founders of Kushn, a designer goods brand that combines leather with African woven textiles.

‘Thinking big’ key to tech CEO Amr Shady’s success

“If TA Telecom does not build the next Google, it will either invest in it, or inspire it to happen.”

VIDEO: Introducing coffee culture in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township

The plan for a coffee shop was born from the desire to do something no-one else was doing.

Kenyan businesswoman wants to make tea ‘funky’

Flora Mutahi recently launched her first tea café in Nairobi.