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MEET THE BUSINESS LEADERS

WHO ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE

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PHILOMÈNE TIA

CEO and serial-entrepreneur
Ivory Coast

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HUSRIANA

CEO, Uncle Ping Meatballs
Indonesia

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JEAN BANDA

Co-founder, Live Well
Zambia

Q: You’re managing a mobile drug store-company, what are the main benefits gained from your business concept?

A: There are many benefits. Nevertheless, we always identify the needs of our customers as we gather information relevant to their everyday life. Besides that, we build trust by giving them a contact person performing follow ups and who they can easily reach by mobile phone at any given time.

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RAEDA AL BARRI

Owner and CEO, Raeda Kitchen Supplies
Jordan

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BERTHA MEDDOZA CLEMENTE

Co-founder El Bosque Association
Peru

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RACHEAL JERE

Agent, Live Well
Zambia

Q: You run a hyperlocal business within the health care industry, what differentiates you from your competitors?

A: First of all, knowledge. Without proper skills training you can’t sell medicine the way we do. Since we started, people have learned that they can now get hold of the medicine they need, when they need it. It’s supply meeting demand, at all times.


ANITA DHAWAL

Founder, Dhawal Beauty
Nepal

Dahwal is a role model in a community where women are not allowed to do business. She combines managing a sizzling beauty parlor and cosmetic shop with not-for-profit community work.

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ROCÍO DEL PILAR OCHOA GARCÍA

Co-founder, El Manantial de Cochas Grandes
Peru

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KEFAH IBRAHIM GHANNAM

Founder, Snacks and finger food, Foundation for Empowering Women
Jordan

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YARA GHASSAN ALASAYREH

Founder, Yara Crochet
Jordan

High school dropout Yara Ghassan AlAsayreh doesn’t let adversity get her down. Only 21 years old she is now running a startup in a passion driven business field.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Yara Crochet?

A: It wasn’t possible for me to stay in school and I had to find a new solution. When I first got in contact with the fashion business, I immediately fell in love and knew I wanted to do this. I get to create, which is a passion of mine. And I feel the company gives me the opportunity to keep developing all the time.

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WINNIE MPONGO

Agent, Live Well
Zambia

Q: Your business model is challenging the incumbent health care giants, is it possible to outperform these establishments?

A: They are stiff-legged and we are nimble. On thorough inspection, you’ll soon notice that the products we offer are comparable. Furthermore, their prices are lower. But, and this is the important part, our way of distribution is totally different. While the competition stays at their office, we reach our customers directly, making house calls and generating bands of loyalty.

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ANNALIZA CAINDOC

Founder, Caindoc Teas
Philippines

Before she received seed-financing, Caindoc recalls that she was telling herself that running her own business "is only for those, who graduated in college. But I proved myself wrong".

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KARUNAKURAN KIRUPALINY

Founder and owner Kirupaliny Saris
Sri Lanka

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PAMELA MAULUIA

Agent, Live Well
Zambia

It has been a great fiscal year for Pamela Mauluia and her cutting edge health care-based company. Redefining the old-fashioned OTC-category has resulted in increased revenues and a new life for the 36-year-old first-time business leader. “My life has definitely changed a lot, I’m always busy now. However, being a business leader has also brought a new sense of independency to my life that I truly love.”


ELICSA CANELA MORVELI

Partner Las Orquídeas de Lucmabamba
Peru

Bees are not just making honey, they are critical to sustaining life on Earth. Canela Morvelli and her partners in the co-operative are doing their bit.


RENE MORA ROQUE

Chairperson, Las Orquídeas de Lucmabamba
Peru

On the back of Peru's outright ban on all genetically modified products and many pesticides, Mora Roque and the co-operative have shifted focus to bee-hives and profitable honey production.

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SAHDED AL JALAM

Founder and CEO, Sahded Henna
Jordan

Al Jalam has always felt a strong passion for drawing and sketching. Today she has turned that passion into a fast growing business, running a studio for temporary tattoos. After finishing a first round of investments, she has increased her number of employees with 500 percent to meet demand.

Q: How has being a business leader at such a young age affected your personal life?

A: I work in a very passion driven field, and I feel really blessed that I have found a way to turn my passion into a living. What I did not know when I started my business is that the entrepreneurial part of the job would become a way for me to develop and thrive as person. Being a business leader makes me a stronger and happier person.

Q: Nowadays, many companies are driven by a social responsibility and mission. How is your business impacting the community?

A: I have created job opportunities for other women, something I am really proud of. It makes me feel like a role model for younger girls who have the same dreams that I used to have.

Q: Your business is growing, looking ahead do you think the future holds?

A: We see an increase in the market demand, and have recently moved our store location. The company has been growing fast and our core focus now is to consolidate.

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JENNIFER MWANGALA

Co-founder, Live Well
Zambia

Jennifer Mwangala’s mobile drug store is part of a bigger movement reinventing the somewhat rigid drugstore industry. By disrupting the method of distribution following one clear business idea, she’s breaking new grounds: 'If the customer will not come to the drug store, then the drug store must go to the customer'.

NADWA MOHAMMED RASHID MORJAN

Owner, Italian Accessories

Jordan

“Don’t fear anything!”


ROSCHELY JANETE CATUMAHINA

Founder, Janero a Cream
Indonesia

Catumahina developed her passion into a flourishing business with a 400% increase in the workforce. Product development is based on co-creation with her customers and soon her ice cream parlour will be equipped with free WiFi to further increase customer satisfaction.

THE ROLE MODEL

KEFAH IBRAHIM GHANNAM
Founder, Snacks and finger food, Foundation for Empowering Women

Jordan

“My food production business started to flourish when I received recognition for my work to empower women.”

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PENELOPE LIKWASI

Agent, Live Well
Zambia

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JEHAD ABDUL KARIM SHAMAYLEH

Founder, Jehad Bedding
Jordan

Having run her company for over a decade, Jehad Abdul Karim Shamayleh is what you would call a true role model who has set an example for plenty of other women during her time in the business. But even though she is already running the most popular bedding store in her community, she doesn’t see any reason to stop.

Q: You have run your business for an impressive amount of time and managed to stay on top. What’s the next step for you?

A: I am planning to scale up. Right now we need to strengthen our liquidity and are looking for investors. We need to build up our supply stock to meet the increased market demand. Even though we have seen more competitors popping up recently we can barely keep up with the demand.

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HORIYEH MRAWAH SULEIMAN

Founder and Owner, Sapharon Group
Jordan

Being a senior, Horiyeh Mrawah Suleiman AlBahabsah is one of the remarkable people who decided to start a new career after 60. Founding Sapharon Group, she has set out to add a new breeze of freshness in a classic domain: pickles production.

Her locally produced food does not only have a taste preference, but it has a strong marketing advantage over mass produced versions. The Sapharon Group uses an organic word of mouth marketing strategy that truly aligns with the brand and has proven successful against both business-to-business and business-to-consumer.

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SULTANA HASAN SULTAN

Owner and CEO, Sultana Accesories
Jordan

Nothing could stop Sultana Hasan Sultan from succeeding. Not even lack of education in Jordan. A true self-made entrepreneur of the digital age, she has managed to build an entire accessories company from scratch using internet tutorials – putting fancy schools to shame.

Q: You don’t exactly have the traditional background of a 45-year-old business leader. In what ways does that give you an edge in comparison to your competitors?

A: Since my way of working is built on digital-first, it’s easier for me to stay updated and ahead of competition. I am always on the lookout for inspiration that give me new ideas with big commercial potential.

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ANNA. M. GONDWE

Partner and agent, Live Well
Zambia

Q: You’re pretty much doing to the drug store industry what Uber Eats did to the take away industry. What’s the secret recipe for disrupting a complete industry?

A: To start with, you have to be persistent. Believe in your idea no matter what. Never give up. And always have a customer first-mindset.

Q: What does that look like on a daily basis?

A: The whole idea is to be where the action is. We do that through hyperlocal presence and sales. We reach out to customers directly and via community ventures and small group gatherings.

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THE HEALTHY VISIONARY

HUSRIANA
CEO, Uncle Ping Meatballs

Indonesia

“My vision is to become a future leader within the healthy food production.”

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ANDI SAHRIANI

Owner, Bag'Us
Indonesia

Q: Have you identified any factors for success within the fashion industry?

A: Yes, I have. I believe it’s essential to focus your business on your expertise. This will help you to keep believing in yourself and focus on the right things along the rocky road which is business.

Q: What are your main driving forces as a business leader?

A: I decided some time ago that I wanted to be more independent. Having your own business, being your own boss, is a great way to self-determination.

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SURIYANTI

CEO and founder, Berkah Untia
Indonesia

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KITABUN NISHA

Owner, Fancy Bangal
Nepal

Young people need role models, young girls even more. This 21 year old entrepreneur is one of those.

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CAROLINE SAIKONDE

Agent, Live Well
Zambia

Q: What’s the key to success?

A: Devotion. I would say you have to be committed to what you are doing in order to achieve the goals you set. And also, this might seem somewhat ridiculously obvious, but I believe that accountability must apply in business.

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ANDREA GALA

President, Trout producers association PACTAN
Peru

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THE FORCE

PHILOMÈNE TIA
CEO and serial-entrepreneur

Ivory Coast

“I founded the first bus transportation company in West Ivory Coast.”

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MWAPE MEMORT

Co-founder, Live Well
Zambia

Q: As a young entrepreneur, what advice would you give other junior business leaders in their pursuit for accomplishment?

A: I would tell them not to rush away, that it’s good to start their business on a small scale and then let it grow organically. This has worked very well for me.

Q: And what would you tell them is the best thing about being a business leader?

A: It’s good because you become your own boss. And when you are the one in charge, you are no longer depending on anyone else, it means autonomy.


MUTHMAINNAH

Owner, Kembang Goyang Rupa-rupa
Indonesia

Delicious sweet purple potato snacks.

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RABIAÁ IBRAHIM YOUSEF GHUNNAM

Owner, Rabiaá Supermarket
Jordan

Hyper-local supermarkets could transform food sales. Rabiaá Ibrahim Yousef Ghunnam is riding the crest of the hyper-local wave by launching a startup out of her home.

Q: What kind of reactions have you received from people when they hear you’re doing this?


A: People were quite skeptical in the beginning, but that’s the case with everything new. Now that I have proved it to be possible to build a supermarket like this, I get plenty of support and the business is continuously growing.


IRDA MENTARI

Owner, Salon Mentari
Indonesia

Highly niched online rental services of bridal suits.

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FLORENCE C. PHIRI

Co-founder, Live Well
Zambia

Meet the merely 21-year-old Florence C. Phiri, at the helm steering her health care company into the future with a steady hand. Her plans for the foreseeable future are to make a mark in the industry and to grow her business bigger.


EVETTY BWALYA

Agent, Live Well
Zambia


NANTHAKUMAR PAVANI

Partner Tharmapuram weavers
Sri Lanka

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LEENA HAMMAD AL MAAITA

Owner and CEO, Hammad Cheese
Jordan

Hammad Al Maaita is one of the lucky people who have managed to turn their hobby into a living. Enjoying the art of cheese making, she decided to turn it in to a fully fledged business. And even though she is keeping production small scale, she manages to outperform the mass produced versions in both price and quality.


SALMA SALAHUDDIN

Owner, TERA Studio Foto
Indonesia

Salma has photography services for bridal or other occasions. Previously, she used to rent the equipment but now she owns her own equipment and manages her business.


SANDHYA BARAI

Owner, Sandhya's Beauty Parlor
Nepal

Bringing beauty services to the rural areas.


SUDAMA PASI

President, Pasi Retail
Nepal

Location, location, location - that's all that counts in brick-and-mortar retail.

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ELANKUMARAN SELVMALAR

Founder and owner, ABISH Cottage Industry
Sri Lanka

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RIA WAHYUNI

Owner, Ogi’e Craft
Indonesia

Produces and trains her neighbours in handicraft products such as broches and wedding souvenirs.


YUSRIANA

CEO, Inawah Shoes
Indonesia

Yusriana is a shoe reseller. She sells the shoes through home visits to the potential customers and also has a showroom for display and direct sales.