Meet Ephraim, a young African innovator determined to put his nation on the map in the international development sector. This is his story:
“I grew up a third-culture kid, and my whole life was filled with the desire to find meaning in the identity given to me by the place I was born in. I remember the first time I read a business book so vividly. I was 14 years old and my dad found me lying on the couch watching TV on what was supposed to be a lazy Sunday afternoon. He walked up to me and hovered by my head. I turned to look at him and he, without saying a word, stretched out his hand — in it was a copy of Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It was that experience that marked what I enjoy calling my “not-so-secret love affair” with business.
I travelled to Rwanda during my break between high school and university, and it was during that time that the first idea for what I wanted to do came to me. Immediately I returned to Botswana, I began the work to start my first company. I did everything a 17-year-old could with little-to-no knowledge and guidance. Despite the challenges, that business was a big first lesson for me. Two years into running it, I decided I wanted to begin laying the foundations for a truly global and timeless business. Upon a true and honest assessment of where I was and what I had to do to make it happen, I realised Rwanda was the place to begin this journey. So, in June 2012, at the end of my first year of university, I moved to Rwanda to launch Rwa Business Group. I knew what I wanted this business to be and that if I worked smart I could achieve it. On the 18th of July, 2012, Rwa Business Group was registered as domestic corporation limited by shares with 620,000 RWF (equivalent to $1,000 US at the time) as its start-up capital.
My drive to launch this business stemmed from the identity thrust on me by the community around me and my desire to redefine that and become whatever and whoever I wanted to be. Through it, I’ve learnt that fulfilment for me comes from investing myself towards impacting other people, be it through providing services that immensely improve the quality of their lives or through creating employment. My dream is to employ one million Africans directly through the group’s investments and holdings. Ambitious but not impossible.” #stayinspired #internationaldevelopment #realafricanstories