Isabel dos Santos is among the few billionaires in the world and currently the richest woman in Africa. During a United Nations Debate held in New York, Isabel dos Santos talked on the importance of creating employment and other opportunities to women in Africa as a way of transforming the communities. She believes that Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to some of the most successful and promising entrepreneurs globally. However, this entrepreneurial spirit has been weighed down by women being stigmatized in the workplace, hence robbing the continent the economy of valuable go-getters.
Isabel dos Santos believes that by giving African women equal opportunities when it comes to education, jobs and a chance to grow as men, then women will be more confident of achieving their ambitions. Her philosophy “first the seed, then the future,” encourages slow but steady growth. The seed that she talks about in her philosophy of reform revolves around the economic freedom of African women by providing training, creating employment, and breaking gender stigmas. She believes that women can have financial stability as well as give their countries more impact on the global economy (Geeksnews).
Following her philosophy, Isabel dos Santos has been planting a lot of these seeds in Africa, especially in Angola where she speaks with young people about the entrepreneurship power. She is always encouraging young women to leverage the increased global reliance on artificial intelligence and technology. She is a firm believer that working towards technological advancements is key to improving Africa’s presence in the worldwide economy while increasing unique job opportunities in the continent.
Young African businesswomen see Isabel dos Santos’s success story as a beacon of hope. This is because she has been able to rise to riches in a male-dominated market. Isabel dos Santos invests in a lot of projects and charity that focuses on increasing local economies and improving small societies. An example is the strawberry field that she established in Humpata, in Huila province, to empower the local citizens that led to the employment of 120 women. She asks other African business people to give back to their home countries by taking on projects that will eventually improve the economy.
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