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Introducing Children to Ecopreneurship 

We all want our children to grow up to be successful and make a positive impact on the world. One way to accomplish this is by introducing them to ecopreneurship, or the idea of becoming a green entrepreneur. By doing so, we can help them develop a passion for sustainability and teach them how to create a business that benefits both people and the planet. 

What is Ecoentrepreneurship? 

Ecoentrepreneurship is a growing trend in Africa, with more and more individuals starting businesses that prioritize sustainability and environmental impact. According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme, there are over 3,000 green businesses in Africa, creating jobs and contributing to the continent’s economic growth.  

These eco-friendly businesses range from renewable energy companies to organic food producers, all working towards a more sustainable future for Africa. The rise of ecoentrepreneurship in Africa is not only beneficial for the environment but also for the local communities, as these businesses often prioritize social responsibility and community development.  

How do I get my child interested in green businesses? 

Here are some sustainable eco-business ideas that children can try: 

  • Upcycling: Encourage your child to create new products from old materials. For example, they could turn an old t-shirt into a tote bag or a broken skateboard into a bookshelf. 
  • Organic farming: Teach your child how to grow their own vegetables and sell them at local markets. This not only helps the environment but also promotes healthy eating. 
  • Solar power: Help your child learn about solar energy and how to create solar-powered products. They could make solar-powered phone chargers or lights for homes without electricity. 
  • Recycling: Encourage your child to start a recycling business where they collect and sell recyclable materials like plastic, paper, and metal. 
  • Eco-friendly cleaning: Teach your child how to make their own natural cleaning products and sell them to friends and family. 

Inspire them with success stories of young African ecoentrepreneurs 

Edgar Edmund is a young Tanzanian entrepreneur who founded Green Venture at the age of 15. Green Venture develops cheap and affordable building materials—such as bricks and blocks—using plastic waste. 

According to Edmund, his motivation to start his own company is driven by his personal experience. People in his community in Dar Es Salaam had to build mud houses instead of cement because they couldn’t afford it. This had motivated him to do some research on plastic waste management and construction. He used his own savings when he built his company. In 2017, he managed to develop a prototype. 

At the beginning of his business, Edmund had to search and collect plastic waste on the city’s streets for his first trials. This didn’t seem to make his father happy about what he was doing. However, after seeing his genuine effort, his father turned to support him. 

“I think the progress that we have made as Green Venture and all the awards and recognition that we have obtained, has changed my dad’s perspective on waste management and my recycling business. He can now see the potential around working on sustainability, and I think this view has also been on the general public as now people around me are being more aware of sustainability,” said Edmund as cited from anzishaprize.org. 

To date, Edmund has received several awards, including as the first runner up in the 2017 Anzisha Prize, 2017 Children’s Climate Prize grand prize winner (won $6,000), 2017 International Eco-Hero Outstanding Innovator, and being on the Forbes Africa’s list of Disruptors in 2018. 

These are just a few ideas to get your child started on their journey to becoming a green entrepreneur. But where do you begin? Here are some practical examples for parents to explore and share

  • Research: Help your child learn about sustainability and the environment. This will help them understand why becoming a green entrepreneur is so important. 
  • Skill development: Encourage your child to learn new skills that will help them create sustainable products. For example, they could take a sewing class to learn how to upcycle old clothes. 
  • Networking: Connect your child with other young entrepreneurs who have successful green businesses. This will help them learn from others and gain inspiration. 
  • Funding: Help your child raise funds for their eco-business. They could start a crowdfunding campaign or apply for grants. 

If you need more coaching tips and inspiring insights on how to support young entrepreneurs, we recommend reading Think Like a Parent, Act Like a Coach by the Anzisha Prize. This book is full of practical advice and inspiring stories that will help you guide your child towards success. 

Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown
Lynn is a content marketer that focuses on brand storytelling through digital platforms. Skilled in a background of web development, search engine optimization and content production, Lynn is excited to utilize over 10 years’ experience in digital marketing to help grow the ecosystems that support Africa’s very young entrepreneurs to ensure their success.

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