6 portraits of African Diaspora alumni who started their businesses in Africa
The small and medium enterprise sector in Africa has many shortcomings. Nevertheless, it begins, little by little, to reinvent itself. This reality is mainly due to the emergence of startups, the restructuring of some family SMEs, the dynamism of foreign communities such as the Lebanese but also by the African diaspora returning to Africa to create their own. own company.
Congo Call Center created by Annie and Fely Samuna
After having spent more than 20 years in Belgium, the country in which they are studying, Annie and Fely Samuna, a couple from the Democratic Republic of Congo, decided to return to their country of origin to live there. start a business.
This decision was carefully considered, as their professional situation in Belgium allowed them to live in a certain ease. After leaving Europe, they moved to Kinshasa to embark on the entrepreneurial adventure.
Their communication company “Congo Call Center” is dedicated to the management of the customer relationship. To do this, this couple relies on the latest technologies in terms of VOIP. At the time, it was a totally new concept, the beginnings were difficult.
Congo Call Center is now the leader in this market segment in the DRC. This company, composed of a hundred people, counts among its customers: Samsung, Tigo, Vodafone, Orange, etc. In less than 4 years, turnover has increased by more than 500%.
Kone Conseil created by Mariam Koné
After studying in Canada, Mariam Koné, a native of Mali, found a well-paying and stable job there. She therefore makes the choice to stay in Canada.
Eleven years after his arrival in Canada, Mariam Koné, during a stay in Mali, realizes that his country of origin is sorely lacking companies specializing in business consulting. This observation encourages him to stay in Mali to create his company Koné Conseil. According to the latter, his company has a very positive balance sheet.
Madlyn Cazalis created by Christian Ngan
Christian Ngan, originally from Cameroon and having studied Finance in Paris, despite a promising career, opted for a return to Africa in order to create his own company.
The company Madlyn Cazalis, launched by Christian Ngan, specializes in the manufacture of organic natural cosmetics. She is very popular with women in Central Africa.
Hologram Identification Services created by Émile Bola
Of Congolese origin, Émile Bola spent more than 25 years in Switzerland to study and settle there. After a short stay in Côte d’Ivoire, where he wanted to settle, he returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
His departure from Côte d’Ivoire is due to a problem of viability of his African identity documents. This event gave Émile Bola the idea of starting a business, Hologram Identification Services. This company develops software to ensure security.
In addition, she has also specialized in the recruitment and placement of employees with computer skills. The growth of Émile Bola’s business is very fast, + 40% of annual turnover, since its launch. From now on Emile Bola is at the head of numerous agencies throughout the DRC as well as in Rwanda and Burundi.
Feed Green Ethiopia Exports Company created by Senai Wolderufael
Founder of Feed Green Ethiopia Exports Company, headquartered in Ethiopia, Senai Wolderufael, after spending several years in the US, makes the decision to return to Ethiopia to start a business.
The concept of his company is based on the observation that there are few Ethiopian food products on the market. The market segment of Feed Green Ethiopia Exports Company? Exporting products from Africa to the African diaspora around the world. Success is immediate!
Wari created by Kabirou Mbodje
After a childhood in France, Karibou Mbodje returned to Senegal when he was 16 years old. In 2008, he launched Wari with two partners. This is a money transfer system. It is now positioned as a serious competitor to Moneygram or Western Union in Senegalese territory
This platform aims to facilitate “cash-to-cash” cash transfers between the African population, which makes it possible to “overcome the problem” of the bank transfer. This system allows people who do not have a bank account to receive money. This project is today a real success.
More and more people from the African diaspora are making the decision to relocate to the African continent to start their own business. Some are successful, while others are difficult. To succeed, it is important to choose a promising and innovative sector.