On a sunny day this December, a group of the brightest students from several leading schools in Bujumbura paid a visit to Kaz'O'zah. The students, from the Ecole SOS H.G., the Lycée Notre Dame de Rohero, ETS Kamenge and Lycée Saint-Espirit, were ending the year by visiting successful organizations in Bujumbura to learn about business and entrepreneurship.
Kaz'O'zah was honored to receive a visit from these bright young stars, and of course was excited to share insights in to what makes a business work (and what can stop it from working), how to start a business (and how to keep it going) and what the entrepreneurial spirit is really all about (hint: its a lot more about hard work and dedication than it is about being gifted or lucky).
The students' tour of successful Burundian businesses was organized by Impact Hub Africa, whose aim is to help entrepreneurs in Africa to be resilient and have an impact. These students are the future of Burundi, and for the country to succeed they must be given the best opportunities and ideas out there.
Executive Director Ange introduced the students to the incredibly humble beginnings of Kaz'O'zah - with Ange and 2 or 3 artisans in a garage, making small items. Ange pointed out that despite the fact she had no start up capital, she had an idea of where she wanted to get to, and she worked tirelessly to get there.
The students were especially interested in the artisans Kaz'O'zah works with and how they are recruited. Kaz'O'zah tries to train and work with the most vulnerable in Burundian society - women, youths and sole income earners. But we also try to look for those artisans who share some of Kaz'O'zah's core values - respect, professionalism, creativity and passion. Working with those who share your values can help you go a long way.
Kaz'O'zah's mission is to create a bright future for Burundian artisans, and this visit from Impact Hub helps us achieve that and more - helping to shape the entrepreneurial spirit of the next generation.