Flame Tree Initiative

Social Entrepreneurship for African Development

The Flame Tree Initiative partners with African universities to foster scalable, socially-minded businesses that accelerate regional change. We believe that training, mentoring and launching development enterprises -- businesses that confront global development challenges -- is a potent way to contribute to the new, innovative era in Africa.

Marissa Perry Saints

Marissa Saints is founder of Dsenyo a social enterprise which she started in 2009. Dsenyo's mission is to empower a global tribe of artisans, entrepreneurs, and customers to enrich their lives through partnerships created around fair trade gifts and ethical fashion. As a triple-bottom-line business, Dsenyo is committed to social change, inspired design, fair trade principles, and responsible business practices.  She has a background in international development and graphic design. Dsenyo works with 120 women and artisans in Malawi, Zambia and Brazil with items sold by retail partners in the USA, Canada and Australia.  Marissa runs the daily operations of Dsenyo and leads product design for the company.  When not immersed in Dsenyo, you'll find Marissa playing soccer, out on a hike or hanging out with her husband and their little boy.