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Twenty-one-year old Joan Nalubega’s dreams of a world without malaria — and the Ugandan entrepreneur believes her company’s mosquito repellent soap will do just that, while proving that social enterprises can be both profitable and make an impact.
But for Nalubega (pictured above) the public does not always understand her dream. Because of this, it often feels like she’s “swimming against the stream” she says.
Nalubega should know. While growing up in an orphanage, she often caught malaria.
“I became a victim of bullying and I always wondered why I kept on getting the disease, yet I slept in a mosquito net every single day,” she says.
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The Anzisha Prize seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa, and is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation. Through Ventureburn, they hope to share inspirational and relatable stories of very young (15 to 22 year old) African entrepreneurs and the people that support them. [learn more]
Featured image: Uganics founder Joan Nalubega (Supplied)