“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”
Africa Start Up is a program supported by University of Malawi and Seattle University that is teaching Africans how to “fish” in the business world. LifeNets supplies grants to students from Seattle University to go to Africa to work with local business owners.
The opportunities for small business in Africa are almost limitless. Africa has so few of the things that we in the West take for granted, that anyone with a little initiative and money for start-up costs can get a business off the ground. Keeping a business running, though, is a different problem.
Africa Start Up is helping small business owners get their businesses running and teaching them how to keep them going. The lessons can be as simple as asking customers to pay for needed parts before repairs are made, or as easy as a teacher using the desire of children for popsicles to her benefit.
With the unemployment rate at around 85% in Malawi, whatever the people can do to help support themselves is a benefit to the people and the country of Malawi.
Here’s a video by Christina Davis about the success of Africa Start Up so far.
What a great resource for people who want to help themselves learn to “fish” in the place they call home.