LadyAgri Strategy Meeting

Check out this short video of LadyAgri’s first high level strategy meeting held on 12 March, Brussels. The meeting brought together our partners from the development banks, social impact investors, EU & Africa Institutions,  LadyAgri women entrepreneurs from across Africa, corporate leaders, technical and financial experts & professional federations. Throughout the busy morning, discussions and debate were enriched by the combination of perspectives on what is holding back investment into agriculture, women led businesses and women dominated agri-supply chains. Our Read more…

How (not) to start a company

Have you ever sat in a restaurant and thought: Oh! …If I owned this place I would put in different lighting, change the colour scheme, …I would change the layout…or I would definitely put this or that on the menu?  Well, if you have, then – congratulations! – you are definitely showing signs of entrepreneurship- thinking out of the box.   Entrepreneurs start with a question…What if?   Anyone sitting next to ‘our’ table on that Read more…

Impact Investing with a GenderLens

Impact entrepreneurship/impact investing are authentic paths to a sustainable and equitable society. Have you ever wondered what $14 Trillion looks/feels like? Let me tell you … It looks like 300 amazing and talented women (plus a few men) from 43 countries attending the world’s first annual gender-smart investing summit, under one roof for 2 days. It felt compelling, driven, collaborative, committed, full of spontaneous dialogue and effective networking, but mostly it felt like a change had arrived, like hope. It’s Read more…

Kinshasa Markets

  When we talk of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the first words which come to mind are FRAGILE and ENORMOUS. Fragile: politically and socially. Since independence the country has undergone armed conflicts and political instability. Thankfully, last week’s Presidential inauguration ended over two years of ambiguity and uncertainty. Enormous: due to its size of no less than: 2.35 million km²; comparable to the size of Europe, Enormous: due to its wealth of natural resources 1,100 Read more…

Female Entrepreneurs … No new trend, it’s tradition in Africa

The inspirational story of Régine Afi AZIAKPOR, my mother, born in the late ‘40’s in a small village on the Togo-Ghana border. She was known to be one of the original ‘Nana Benz’. ‘Nana Benz’ in Togo is the name given to the women traders in Dutch wax print materials before Independence.  Due to the success of this product before independence the Mercedes-Benz-driving female entrepreneurs became known as the Nana Benz. These colorful fabrics were Read more…

Stone Soup…The LadyAgri Recipe

Do you remember as children the story of ‘Stone Soup’? Depending on where in the world you come from the story is much the same. A stranger visits the village and says he will make some stone soup and invites the villagers to add a little bit of taste and texture by adding whatever they can bring to the pot. The message is that if everyone contributes a little something then the results are significant. Read more…