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This Young African Social Entrepreneur Is Taking Her Social Business to the Next Level

This article originally appeared on Medium

Ellen Chilemba is something of a powerhouse.

Recently named by Forbes as one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs under 30, her vision is to help women create paths out of poverty and to break the cycle of child marriage and lost potential.

But Chilemba isn’t stopping there. Built into Tiwale’s impact model is a commitment to innovating new approaches and truly empowering its women participants. That means taking a hard look at previous assumptions, listening closely to the women themselves and evolving the organization’s approach. Chilemba shared the following insights that she’s learned thus far, and that she’ll use to spur Tiwale’s next phase of growth:

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Tiwale has undergone a shift in approach that has created a positive relationship with the local community. Chilemba notes that this shift was sparked during the Future Forward Globalizer Summit held in South Africa last year, where African social entrepreneurs gathered to discuss innovative approaches to solving youth unemployment, a major challenge facing the sub-Saharan region. Young innovators like Chilemba attended intense training workshops with seasoned social entrepreneurs.