Ep. 8 Zimbabwean Female Food Founder shares how unemployment jumpstarted business Pt. 2

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In Ep. 8 Pt. 2, I introduce you to Tracy Vongai Mapfumo. She’s a 30 year old passion driven entrepreneur, food innovator, crop scientist and the Founder of Eny’s Treats Pvt Ltd. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture-Plant Science at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2015 in South Africa. She has 5 years of work experience in indigenous plants that have commercial value. She has always had an aspiration to see Zimbabwean food be transformed into competitive products in the global marketplace. Eny’s Treats which was named after Tracy’s late mother who nurtured her entrepreneurial skills.

In this episode, she walks us through her journey and shares all the resources she’s leveraged to help her go from unemployed to employer. You quickly realize some of the similarities entrepreneurs from around the world are navigating to impact locally and build globally.

Important Links to Know:

Eny’s Treats – http://enystreats.co.zw/

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To learn more about the host, W.E. Da’Cruz, visit her personal website at https://thedigitaldiplomat.com/about/. For private tech intensives with W.E. Da’Cruz, visit https://vgcucourses.com/ or contact https://thevgcgroup.com/ for more information about how to build your digital infrastructure.

To learn more about her food manufacturing company, visit The Mushroom Angel Co. at https://themushroomangelco.com/ or visit https://cruzburgers.com/ to order plant-based burger patties made from mushrooms directly.

The music in this podcast is produced by artist and musician Christopher Staton aka Big State. To find his music, visit https://music.apple.com/us/artist/big…. For speaking or consultancies, visit https://thedigitaldiplomat.com/speaking/.

Connect on social here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/wedacruz/

Resources for African Businesses

  • Impact Hub Harare
  • Youth Connekt Zimbabwe
  • Youth Entrepreneurs Program (YEP)
  • FemBioBiz
  • Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE)
  • GoGetter Movement
  • Zimbabwe Farmers Union Agriprenuers
  • TechHub
  • Ignite Hub
  • EaglesNest ZimTrade
  • Ndine Thaza -Bizani Media

Resources for US Businesses

  • National Association of District Export Councils
  • Local Economic Development Authority
  • International Trade Administration
  • US Commercial Services
  • US Embassy
  • Small Business Administration
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Minority Business Agencies
  • EXIM Bank
  • Trade Associations

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