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Facing High Unemployment Rates, Argentina’s Young People Create Their Own Jobs

Region: Argentina

Topics: BusinessEntrepreneurship

Argentina’s youth-unemployment rate is above average for the region, and many students graduate only to find a market unsuited to their skills and qualifications. But some young Argentines are taking matters into their own hands: When they can’t find a job, they create one.

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Tech Entrepreneur Aims to Help Zimbabwe’s Commuters Travel Safely

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Entrepreneurship

Many commuters in Harare rely on “kombis,” or commuter omnibuses, as their preferred means of transport. But a rise in physical assaults by bus “touts” has left many riders fearful. One tech entrepreneur is looking to change that.

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Entrepreneurship Proves Essential, as Aid for Displaced People in DRC Dries Up

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Entrepreneurship

Violence and instability have forced millions in DRC to abandon their homes in search of a more stable life elsewhere in the country. With little aid available, one woman says she had no choice but to innovate.

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Generators Spark Hope for DRC Town, but Power Problems Persist

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessEntrepreneurship

Refrigerated beverages and recharged cellphones are among the benefits of a local businessman’s efforts to bring electricity to Komanda. But breakdowns are common, many can’t afford the use of generators, and residents criticize the national government for failing to provide an infrastructure plan for the region.

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A Different Design for Education Cultivates Young Entrepreneurs in Zambia

Region: Zambia

Topics: BusinessEntrepreneurship

An earlier strategy of tailoring education to help students gain white-collar jobs wasn’t working, because there were only so many of those to go around. Since 2014, the government has tried another approach – skills-based learning – in an effort to curb widespread unemployment among the youth.

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Home-Decor Entrepreneur Thrives Despite Competition From Imports

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Entrepreneurship

Blaise Shamamba's small plant in Goma makes these decor products from local materials rather than relying on expensive imports to stock his shop. But capital is hard to come by, and inadequate facilities limit both production and the opportunity to compete.

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In Unwanted Sawdust, an Inventor Finds an Answer to Zimbabwe’s Power Problems

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EntrepreneurshipEnvironment

Energy – whether from electricity or firewood – is expensive and can be unreliable in Zimbabwe. A local inventor has found an inexpensive solution that also improves the environment.

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Unable to Secure Funding, Ugandan Health Entrepreneurs Trade Innovation for Income

Region: Uganda

Topics: EntrepreneurshipHealth

Uganda has been recognized as one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world, but innovators in the e-health sector are abandoning their businesses to pursue private-sector jobs. It turns out that while it’s difficult to develop apps and invent devices, the real challenge is what comes afterward.

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Facing Resistance, Mexican Women Claim a Share in Mexico’s Microbusiness Boom

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessEntrepreneurship

Women in Mexico have always worked to contribute to their families. Now, women entrepreneurs are starting businesses and seeking income, but they're also finding that the path to success is full of obstacles.

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