Forty year old Mize Juma Othman installs a new photovoltaic panel
on a home in Matemwe village, on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar.
Othman trained for six months in India to become one of the first 13
“solar mamas” in Zanzibar, able to install, troubleshoot and repair the
Entrepreneur Eric Muthomi is producing manna from Kenya: gluten-free, wheat-free, low GI flour, made from bananas.
The 28-year old wasn’t looking for a solution to the rising
popularity of health food products, or an answer to the demand for
slow-release carbs when he came up with the idea to produce the flour.
Rather, Muthomi wanted to help small-scale banana farmers earn a better
living, especially for unripened fruit, which is lower in sugar
“We have a sugar cane industry, but I always wondered why we
don’t have an industry for bananas. The prices farmers get for bananas
is peanuts. It’s very unprofitable, but there were no alternative
Ed’s Note: We’ve covered Stawi before, when it first showed up in local news a couple of years ago. Good to see its hit the global headlines as well.
Mwesigwa is a marketer by profession who at first didn’t have any
interest in owning a steel manufacturing plant apart from earning a
salary from it.
Having worked for Sembule Steel Mills, for five years, she realized
that there was an opportunity for one to earn from a steel industry. When the company developed some problems, she decided to venture into her own business of making steel products for sale.
The steel industry world over is dominated by men, for Mwesigwa to
venture into steel sounds hard but that is her business at the moment
and she is not about to back off.
There is a belief
among women that certain businesses and jobs are meant for men but this
can be changed once they believe in themselves.
A total of twenty women run the machinery after getting training
from the men who are senior operators and the plan is to train more
women to encourage them to work in steel manufacturing industries.
Some of the products at MESAH steel Limited include round bars, barbed wire, chain link and other steel products.
A small but
vibrant community of Jews lives in Gondar, Ethiopia. They worship daily
at their synagogue, run by the Hatikva Beta Israel Religious
Organisation. The synagogue, made of corrugated iron, houses the shabbat
services as well as classes in Hebrew for children and the rehearsals
of a folk group. They observe a strict kosher diet, not eating meat
because the community does not have a butcher certified in orthodox
Jewish laws and practices.
After two waves of immigration -
Operations Moses in 1984 and Salomon in 1991 when they were airlifted
out of their country of birth, some 120.000 Ethiopian Jews live in
Israel now. But the Gondar community cannot emigrate: they are Falash
Muras, whose Jewishness is not recognised by the State of Israel.