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.

 

Announcing our 2015 Canopy Participants!

Meet Our 2015 Canopy Finalists!

We are pleased to present to you, our 2015 incubator participants! These three individuals showed exceptional promise, dedication, and acuity during our 2015 DELab. We will be working with them intently over the next several months to bring their businesses to launch in early 2016. Stay tuned to follow their journeys!

Mphatso Jumbe, Mafe Farms - Mafe Farms is a village-based social enterprise located in Mpemba, Malawi.  Our vision is to ensure greater participation of women in the dairy industry by providing a ready market, training, and support for local female dairy farmers. Together we are making rural development a reality.

Mphatso also runs a women's empowerment organization, MoVe! A Young Women's Movement for Justice and Development.

 

Andrews Gunda, MAYADE - MAYADE aims to transform the lives of young men and women aged 15 to 35 years by engaging them in sustainable mushroom production and marketing. The project will accelerate youth participation in national economic growth while also creating employment and providing marketable skills to Malawi's majority youth population.

Andrews also owns and runs a farming initiative, JATI and manages his own transportation company.

 

Tione Kaonga, Chonona Aquaculture Ltd. - Chonona is creating a network of satellite fish farmers who will pool their efforts to decrease overfishing in Lake Malawi, improve income options for local farmers, and provide entrepreneurship training and support to its participants.

Tione is a Managing Consultant for UMODZI Consulting in Blantyre, Malawi.