For those that aren’t familiar with Somalia, the country is officially known as the Federal Republic of Somalia. It is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland, and its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains, and highlands. Climatically, hot conditions prevail year-round, with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall.
Entrepreneurs are the driving force of new business. Without people that define themselves as entrepreneurs, there wouldn’t be jobs in our society. Being an entrepreneur takes guts and in today’s article, I would be introducing the top 7 entrepreneurs from Somalia that have taken the steps to open businesses that benefit not only themselves but the people in their society. To put it simply, they are creating opportunities for those that didn’t think they had any.
Aisha Mohamed Ahmed is the founder of the foundation known as the Tea Garden, which provides youths in the diaspora with food and beverages. Her company also specializes in event planning management as they offer youths and professionals in the diaspora an opportunity to network in Somali.
Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, known as Iman, is a Somali former fashion model, actress, and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her philanthropic work.
Faisal Ahmed Yusuf is a Somali Entrepreneur. He is the CEO/President and co-founder of the International Somalia Development Foundation as well as the Maakhir Resource Company.
Ibrahim Artan Ismail is a Somali politician. He previously served as the Minister of Security of Puntland.
Hussein Mohamed is a Somali entrepreneur. He is a leader of the Somali business community in Kenya, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Eastleigh Business Association centered in the Eastleigh suburb.
Hashi Kaar is a refugee from war-torn Somalia that became the founder of three tech companies employing 15 people.
Mubarak Mohamud is an entrepreneur and son of a Somali diplomat. His foundation known as Clime-it Brothers is a company that merges a social message of upward mobility with environmental awareness of climate change.
“If you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.” – Catherine Cook and these people have done it.