From Poverty To Politics: Young Entrepreneur, Charles Batte, Ventures Africa, 27 July 2012

13 Aug

Entrepreneurship has always had the potential to lift people out of poverty, but there are few stories more inspirational than that of 24-year-old Ugandan Charles Batte. Raised in Kamwokya slum and hanging out with marijuana-smoking peers at the age of just five, Batte knows a thing or two about how a lack of jobs can lead to crime and despair.

Yet Batte is now a fourth-year medical student at Makerere University, owns a farm and was the winner of this year’s Your Big Year challenge, a global competition run by the UK NGO Smaller Earth. Having beaten off the competition of 60,000 young entrepreneurs, Batte is Smaller Earth’s 2012/13 ambassador, and is expected to travel the world meeting government officials and other world leaders advocating for social entrepreneurship. Given his background, he seems a worthy choice.

Read more at Ventures Africa

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