The London Grassroots Entrepreneur Awards 2018 recognises the most innovative and determined small business people in poor communities in the developing world. The Awards celebrate creativity, enterprise and innovation in challenging circumstances, and prioritises social values and poverty alleviation. Sponsored this year by Lead Creators
Single Currency UK readers will shortlist from the longlist of nominees down to the final ten, so vote for your most inspiring entrepreneur from the list below. The ten entrepreneurs with the most votes will become the finalists, and one final winner will be chosen by our panel of experts, including Sir Stuart Rose, Richard Reed, Levi Roots, Alastair Stewart, and Nick Hewer.
1. Alan Nourath
Alide, from Benin, produces palm oil. She has three children and an elderly husband, so she bears most of the household’s responsibilities. Despite traditional means of production, she employs three people and makes just enough profit to afford school fees and a decent life. She wishes to grow her business and send her children to college.
2. Amake Nora
Amake, from Benin, produces cassava flour, employing eight full-time staff, and exporting her produce across the Nigerian border. During the busy December month, she hires more staff. Aware of environment protection, Amake uses fuel-efficient stoves to reduce firewood consumption, and participates in reforestation campaigns. She is a role model for her community
3. Amira Hans
Amira, from Egypt, is a wife and mother of three children. Her husband doesn’t have a full time and fixed job. She joined a Village Savings and Loans group in her village in Menya. She started with a loan of around $100 to raise poultry at her home. She was able to repay the loan and earn LE 200. Then, she got another loan of $150 to expand her enterprise. Once again, she repaid the loan with a profit. Amira was more ambitious again; she applied for a bigger loan of around $250, which she used to expand her small poultry enterprise and make fodder. Amira also encouraged her group members to replicate this small enterprise in order to decrease the prices of poultry and fight high prices.