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1st May launching Jacana Business Empowerment
Jacana Business Empowerment News

1 May 2015

Hello subscriber subscriber,



A perfect day to launch Jacana Business Empowerment


Jacana supports small African entrepreneurs in realizing their plans to grow by linking them to experienced experts in the same sector.

“Small investment, big impact”



Jacana Business Empowerment foundation was founded on 31st of March 2015. The board signed the statute  at a notary office in Maastricht. 

The Team

Members of the board:

• Chairman: Rik Haanen

• Secretary: Laura Kurth

• Treasurer: John Vaessens  

Program manager Zambia

• Dinie Nijssen is the program manager in Zambia

Jacana Business Empowerment will start its activities in Zambia in the third quarter of this year. Its Dutch office will be located in s’Hertogenbosch and the Zambian projects will take place in Chisamba in Zambia.

Jacana’s first focus will be the selection of small African entrepreneurs and the start of workshops.


Where we work

About Zambia

The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. The capital is Lusaka. Zambia’s population is around 14 million people (2013) and the country is 752.618 km², which is more than 3 times the size of Great Britain.
Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia became independent on 24 October 1964. Its economy has grown more than six percent per year over the last eight years. Yet, 87% of the people have an income of less than US$ 2,- per day (worldbank.org) and 79% of the population has no access to financial institutions. Additional challenges to the countries development are high birth rates and relatively high HIV/AIDS rates.


How can I help?

Jacana raised about €10.000,- for the start up capital, still €20.000,- to go.

Every small donation is welcome! Go to our crowd funding platform www.jacana.help

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