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Entrepreneurship is a trendy topic these days. There are many books and articles that were written about entrepreneurship. Even curriculum has been built upon the principles and success stories about billionaires who went from “zero to hero.”
Moreover, entrepreneurship is no longer exclusive to people with primary inventions. It has now shifted to the idea that it is a privilege for people who are fortunate to grow in an environment that supports entrepreneurial ideas. In developed countries, governments have supportive policies, technological infrastructure, and access to capital. Starting a business is ‘simple’ and ‘easy’ in the same way as a traditional profession.
The idea of entrepreneurship takes on a different meaning in “emerging economies” or in less developed countries. Entrepreneurs in these less developed countries do not aim for a huge company to become a multinational company. Rather, these people engage in entrepreneurship because they want to solve various problems such as sending a child to a better school, supporting the basic needs of a family, or saving for a better home.
In the Philippines, Malaysia, and Africa, five outstanding women who went from zero to hero are here to inspire.
Entrepreneurship is meant to rebuild hope.
Alicia Dumdum began to rely on her convenience or sari-sari store for income when her husband retired 15 years ago. When Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her home and store with other 20 family members, Dumdum rebuilt her life through the use of mobile technology. She now earns income by providing mobile money transactions to her people.
Entrepreneurship holds communities together.
Bella Sadongdong runs her sari-sari store across the street from the hospital in Tacloban City. She is able to provide services to mobile banking through her business. This permits clients to obtain the much-needed cash during emergency procedures. Clients appreciate the services of Sadongdong and are grateful for the benefits it provides for the community.
Entrepreneurship challenges traditional norms.
Haziqah always loved baking. This Malaysian homemaker and mother of two, however, did not want to be just a mere baker. She wanted to include the role of an entrepreneur. Haziqah has proven that women can succeed in the business like men as the owner of Scrummy Cake Design.
Entrepreneurship generates income that can help uplift a poor family.
Putri Hamzah raises her children as a single mom. She barely makes $40 a month and finds it difficult to generate that income. With these struggles, she decided to launch a tailoring service from her household, so she could provide for the needs of her children. It has never been an easy road for Putri. But with here determination to be her own boss and her desire to demonstrate the significance of perseverance, she was able to generate income that can provide for her family’s needs.
Entrepreneurship helps in providing basic necessities.
Ruth Mwanzia, the Kenyan founder of Koola Waters, established her water company because of the water scarcity and less access to drinking water that is safe and clean in Africa. While she was growing up, she has experienced how difficult it is to have this problem. Thus, she founded a business start-up that manufactures and distributes pure water to the citizens of the country. Her business was an answer to the problem she faced when growing up.
Entrepreneurship can help environmental problems as well as generate income.
Lorna Rutto, a Kenyan ecopreneur and found of EcoPost, is a social entrepreneur that created a solution to the problem of the plastic waste problem. Her company is based on collecting plastic waste and manufactures fencing posts that are environmentally friendly. She has crated over 300 jobs, gathered over 1 million kilogram of plastic waste, saved over 250 acres of forests, and created much income. She has obtained numerous awards both locally and internationally.
These women entrepreneurs give hope to other women who desire change in their lives.