Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24. According to the World Bank, youth account for 60 percent of all unemployed people on the continent, with young women bearing the sting of unemployment as young men are favoured for jobs. Instead of succumbing to fear of these statistics, many young people have taken the entrepreneurship route, turning problems that they encounter in their communities into solution-orientated businesses.
Among the 10 young African leaders mentioned to have been doing great things to transform their communities and their lives two were chosen from Ethiopia:
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, The founder and CEO of SoleRebels; a footwear company that is the world’s first Fairtrade Certified footwear by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO),
And Senai Wolderufael, an entrepreneur from Addis Ababa who founded Feed Green Ethiopia, which is a spice and coffee production company whose company opened its doors in 2012, exporting Ethiopian produce to diaspora communities mainly in the US and Europe. It has since expanded to new markets across Africa, and is fully staffed by women as its way of providing job opportunities for women who are often excluded from the job market.
The two Ethiopian entrepreneurs have been mentioned representing Ethiopia in the list that africa.com has set as “The Young African Leaders Making a Positive Change.”