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10 Lessons from over 1,000 Kingdom Entrepreneurs in Africa and Beyond

Courtney Rountree Mills tells the story of her personal experience in trying to tackle poverty in Africa. From theoretical beginnings she went on to try helping the poor directly out of her own pocket, but failed because the poor did not have the skills to support themselves. The solution was to train local middle-class, educated entrepreneurs, who would then employ the poor. She outlines ten ways that entrepreneurs can be enabled to be successful.

Click to read the full article (PDF opens in new tab). It was first published in Faith in Business Quarterly, Volume 20.1, pages 27-34.

Courtney Rountree Mills has worked for McKinsey, Procter & Gamble and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. She began developing the idea for Sinapis in her graduate thesis about angel investing in East Africa. Later, after a feasibility study with fellow Harvard students Matt Stolhandske and Karibu Nyaggah, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya and launched Sinapis in November 2010. Courtney served as Executive Director until 2017, and remains an active member of the Sinapis board while now resident in Barbados.

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