Smart Solutions From Africa- Isaka Yacoubou: Yacstar Enterprises
Over the past 6 weeks I have taken part in a Professional Development Program, Mandela Washington Fellowship by the United States Government @Notre Dame University, and I have gotten to meet 24 fabulous young people from 20 Countries in Africa whom I am proud to have meet, because they all are doing something for Africa and offering smart solutions to problems and opportunities in their countries, before I arrived for the program I got a chance to view their profiles and I was intimidated! These guys looked so brilliant I didn’t think I could share a room with them, until I met them, one by one…Gosh they were the funniest most amazing young Africans I have ever met.
I’d like to share My personal experience with each of them and of course their amazing Initiative in solutions for Africa; Smart Solutions for Africa!
Allow me to share a story for each of them along with their smart solution.
Issaka Yacoubou is an entrepreneur and professional shoemaker from Togo who specializes in fashion design and disability advocacy.He Founded Yacstar enterprises, where he makes shoes. Isaka is disabled and supports the disabled community in his country, his plan is to train 50 youth on shoemaking and expand his enterprise in order to produce more shoes and employee more youth.
Isaka is from a francophone country, he pitched once while we were at PwC in Chicago and its amazing that he never let anything hold him back from his dream, he is a shoemaker and he wants to build a large shoe making industry. While in his country people with disabilities are considered less, he says this attitude does not stop from wanting to achieve more, his condition will not hold him back - 'If you are born poor, its not your fault but if you die poor, its your fault, I Isaka will never die poor'
And of course his attitude to all problems is my favorite quote from him 'If you know you are sick, you are no more sick'
Isaka cut a a whole tree all by himself in one of our community works, it was joke for days that he was the only actual African man in the crew...