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.

 

Jones Ntaukira

As a child, Jones wanted to be either a doctor or an economist, but at age 13 something happened that changed his trajectory. He burnt down his family's grass thatch kitchen while helping his mother prepare dinner over the open fire they used for lighting. It was a nightmare to see that little hut and everything inside that his parents had worked so hard for burn down right before his eyes.

That incident has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Now Jones is dedicated to bringing affordable electricity to his village and as many others as he can reach so that such accidents do not happen again.  He now works as a social entrepreneur and cofounder of Empower Malawi -- a not-for-profit social enterprise that enables rural entrepreneurs to have access to finance, sustainable technologies and transferrable skills. Jones graduated from Mzuzu University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Forestry. He is currently working towards a Masters in Entrepreneurship at the Malawi University of Science and Technology. Jones is a professional blogger and his writings can be read at The Envirogentia and he is also a contributor at the International Political Forum.

 

contact: jones@flametreeinitiative.org