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Vanessa Ishimwe – Empowering Communities through Entrepreneurship

Case Focus: Social Entrepreneurship

Vanessa started her business to empower marginalised communities. Read about her strong sense of social responsibility, and watch why young entrepreneurs are more likely to contribute to social change.


About the Entrepreneur: Vanessa Ishimwe

Vanessa is a Rwandan national who grew up in Kyaka refugee Camp in Uganda.

Having experienced the challenges of trying to access education in the refugee camp, Vanessa decided she wanted to do something to bring opportunity to young people living in Refugee camps. She started her organization, Youth Initiative for Development in Africa (YIDA) to engage young people in education, entrepreneurship and leadership initiatives that can broaden their prospects for a better future.

Her initiative is aimed at the almost 20,000 young people in the camps, many of whom cannot access a quality education in the refugee schools which are oversubscribed and under-resourced.


About the series: #ISWY

#ItStartsWithYou is a docu-series that explores the stories of very young African entrepreneurs and the key moments that contributed to their success.

These stories have been chosen because of the passion, commitment, drive, and grit that these young people exhibited as they created their own pathways.


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