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Wednesday, 22 September 2021 21:20

Meet Coco Expres, an entrepreneurial initiative Featured

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Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, dozens of young people have been paying attention to the initiatives launched by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship in partnership with UNDP, which annually launches initiatives to encourage young people about entrepreneurship.

Abdulay Rosa, is a young man who discovered at an early age the importance of entrepreneurship as a tool for the development of the country. The term Entrepreneur is directly linked to the person who achieves, who produces new ideas through the congruence between creativity and imagination.

Through daily experience, the young entrepreneur identified a lack of natural and healthy drinks, a large amount of waste derived from green coconuts, a lack of use of biodegradable materials in commerce, a lack of current coconut production and unemployment that has increased thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on the contribution of young people in society and how they can through entrepreneurship change the situation of not only their communities but also the country, Abdulay proposed to create a business that could ensure a greater supply of 100% natural coconut water.

For him, succeeding would mean turning green coconut waste into Tubete, into Organic compost and producing coconut trees so that there will be no shortage of coconut trees in the coming years, thus creating new jobs.

This is how Coco Expres STP came about, an initiative that aims to promote self-employment by marketing green coconut water spreading its benefit to health and well-being.

In 2020, MJDE and UNDP launched Empreende Jovem, with the aim of developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of São Tomé and Príncipe through a platform of incubators, which are spaces where there will be means and personnel available to work with entrepreneurs both in developing their ideas and in monitoring their businesses.

Lay, as he is known by his friends and family, signed up for the Programme Empreende Jovem with the intention of solving an identified problem and creating new jobs for his community.

He presented his idea and competed along with hundreds of other young people to find grants and training to implement his business.