Isabel dos Santos has had considerable professional success by investing in ventures in multiple industries. Her first companies were established in Angola and other countries in Africa. She has since expanded into Europe, especially Portugal, where she is the majority owner of several companies. She is also active in philanthropic work which grew out of her professional activities.
She has created opportunities for young people across Africa. This is especially true of women, who she calls Africa’s greatest resource. She has helped them establish farms, for instance, which support the local economy while also providing an environmentally friendly source of food. Isabel dos Santos has helped them gain the education they need to operate these farms.
Africa has a vast amount of natural resources, including the people that live there. To best tap these resources, she says, it takes diversity. Diverse teams come up with ideas that homogenous teams do not. Her communications company, Unitel, has used diverse teams to make it become the biggest company of its kind in Angola. Read more about Isabel Dos Santos at ECO.
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Apoiar a produção nacional é uma das minhas grandes motivações. O nosso país é abençoado com uma terra fértil, temos um imenso potencial agrícola. Precisamos de criar uma grande rede de apoio aos pequenos produtores locais. Com estas mudanças, as comunidades agrícolas conseguem passar de uma agricultura de subsistência para uma agricultura que gera valor 🌾. Eu acredito que essa riqueza gerada volta para a comunidade, através de mais educação para as crianças, mais oportunidades para os jovens, novos negócios que crescem… é um ciclo virtuoso, uma nova economia a crescer. #SharingbyIsabeldosSantos #agricultura #economia #Angola #business Supporting agriculture and national production is one of my greatest motivations. Our country is blessed with fertile ground, we have immense agricultural potential. We need to create a large support network for small local producers. With these changes, farming communities will be able to move from subsistence agriculture to value-generating agriculture🌾. I believe that this generated wealth comes back to the community, through more education for children, more opportunities for young people, new growing businesses… it's a virtuous cycle, a new growing economy
Isabel dos Santos says that entrepreneurship in Africa is becoming more common and strong. This has required basic infrastructure to be built so that people have access to the essentials. These include education, clean water, sanitation services, clinics and hospitals, and food. Not long ago, nobody recognized any African entrepreneurs. They are now becoming internationally famous.
She believes in paying it forward and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs garner success. Isabel dos Santos has created a supply chain that is both civic and monetary. She helps to create focused projects in small communities. The goal is to create prosperity in remote parts of Africa which are areas that have not taken part in recent economic gains.
As urban parts of Africa become more prosperous this helps rural areas. The growing middle class wants higher quality food that comes from rural communities. Isabel dos Santos says that supporting national food production is a major focus of hers both as a person and as an entrepreneur. She sums this idea up as “First the seed, then the future.”