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.
Trinitas Mhango participated in Flame Tree Initiative’s Development Entrepreneurship Lab in 2016. Her social enterprise, Tina Pads, supports adolescent girls in Malawi to stay in school by delivering reproductive health education and reusable sanitary pads. Here, she is with young girls from Blantyre who were grateful and excited to receive pad packs from Tina Pads.
Agriculture accounts for more than one-third of Malawi’s GDP. These women are selling fruits and vegetables at a roadside stand north of Kasungu, about 100 miles north of Lilongwe.
Hastings Mkandawire participated in our Development Entrepreneurship Lab back in 2015. Today, he runs a microhydro electric generation enterprise and is expanding his efforts to other valleys in Northern Malawi. With only 11% of Malawi's population having access to electricity, Hastings' social enterprise provides a much-needed solution to one of the country's greatest development challenges.
The women of Chitiipi COMSIP. Chitipi COMSIP is a women-led farm cooperative providing financial production resources to farmers so that they can gain financial independence, social capital, and the confidence to know they can succeed. Its founder, Barbara Banda, attended two sessions of Flame Tree Initiative's Development Entrepreneur Lab in 2015 and 2016.
On-site at Tione Kaonga’s first aquaculture pond in southern Malawi. These two men dug the aquaculture pond by hand. Tione participated in Flame Tree Initiative’s Development Entrepreneurship Lab in 2015 and now successfully operates multiple ponds.