Africa has the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population. Today, the continent is home to more than 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24, and its young population is increasingly well-educated. On current trends, nearly 60% of 20-24 year-olds in Africa will have a secondary education in 2030, according to the World Bank.
This growing cohort of young, skilled people is reflected in a wave of entrepreneurship that is transforming economies across Africa.
In pursuance of a dream to empower the disabled through skills training and financial assistance, a level 300 student of the School of Allied Health Sciences, Ms. Mabel Suglo has inevitably made history by becoming the first student from UDS and the third from Ghana to be shortlisted as a finalist of the Anzisha Prize Competition scheduled to take place in South Africa in November, 2015.
The Anzisha Prize is an award for African entrepreneurs between the ages of 17 and 22, which rewards individuals who have created businesses that solve economic and social problems. In September, the judging panel announced its 12 finalists, who will compete for a share of the $75,000 prize money.
Ms. Suglo who co-founded Eco-shoes Social Enterprise to offer skills training and job opportunities to the disabled is one of Twelve(12) applicants out of a total of Five Hundred (500) to be shortlisted for the finals of the Anzisha Competition and also tagged as the brightest entrepreneurs in Africa. She has partnered Jachai School for the Disabled in the Ashanti Region to train the physically challenged to produce shoes, using waste materials such as used lorry tyres.
The prospective Anzisha Price Winner intends to use her award to acquire new state-of-the-art equipment for her business, employ more disabled persons, build a warehouse, and construct an interactive website.
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