Business Student Helps Fund Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Africa

22 May

Business Student Helps Fund Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Africa

Florence Jenkinson, a first year student on our Extended Diploma in Business course, has raised an impressive 220 to help fund business start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa.

Florence held a fundraising event at Porters Wine Bar in Old Town Hastings. Impressively, she used her networking skills in order to gain donations from local businesses. These donations included restaurant and salon vouchers, which were raffled off during the event, that also included live music from local artist, Marie White.

Florence took part in the Start Something project, which is organised by MicroLoan Foundation. This project encourages students to create a microenterprise and earn as much profit as possible within a four-week period. It offers students a chance to showcase and develop their entrepreneurial skills, just like the women that MicroLoan work with in Africa. MicroLoan Foundation enable some of the world's poorest people to work their own way out of poverty by providing training and micro loans. They help them start successful businesses to build independence and financial resilience.

Sam Weller, one of Florence's teachers on the Extended Diploma course commented:

"Florence has impressed us all with her MicroLoan fundraising event. Within the planning and execution of this event, Florence has taken her already impressive list of skills, which she demonstrates regularly in lessons, to a whole new level. Her confidence in her own abilities has grown exponentially since joining us and this culminated in a very well-thought out idea that has showcased her enthusiasm and understanding of the business elements she has explored this year.

Florence is hoping to study Global Economic Development at a university and she is keen to take advantage of the enrichment opportunities on offer at the college, in order to boost her application prospects. Next on her list of activities is an Economics Master Class that the college has organised for June. This will be hosted by the University of Sussex, which is currently ranked number one in the world for Development Studies. Our students will be gaining an insight into degree courses such as Economics and International Development BA (Hons).

Florence said:

"Taking part in this challenge has also allowed me to supplement what I have learnt on my course. I believe getting involved in this challenge is going to be very beneficial, as my overall goal is to go to university and study Global Economic Development.

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