empowermefirst - student projects: entrepreneurship

We make higher education accessible - against all odds!

“When you make education inaccessible you make prosperity only possible for the already prosperous.” Kaya Dlanga


One of our main objectives is to coach students into becoming innovators and entrepreneurs, by analysing needs and challenges in their countries and using the knowledge acquired in their studies for problem solving.

Some of the main challenges communities in Subsaharan Africa are facing are: Ineffective waste management, food insecurity and ineffective hygiene.
Our solutions: 
Semester 1 project: Student write research papers on composting, bokashi, permaculture and agro-foresty and do practical projects in organic waste management and horticulture also to create small incomes. 
Semester 2 projects: Our students create solid cosmetics such as shampoo-conditioner-shower bars, body butter bars, and facial scrub bars, which use certified natural ingredients, and use their ICT skills to market them online as well as to tourists.
Currently, we have been working on different formulations for solid shampoo-conditioner-shower bars and body-butter bars. We’re usually the best ingredients based on natural resources such as coconut oil. They are very skin and hair friendly.
They are ready for sale soon in Zimbabwe and Switzerland. Contact us, if you’re interested in partnering with us, for instance in resale and find them for the Swiss market on our online shop below.

Formulation – Shampoo-Conditioner-shower bar

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate (SCS), Mango, Shea butter or Cocoa butter, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, emulsifying wax.

Selection of extras for different variations:
natural essence, silk protein, aloe vera, cucumber or calendula extract, flower petals

Body butter bar

Mango, Shea butter or Cocoa butter, cetyl alcohol, emulsifying wax, vegetable or bees wax (will be declared), natural essence (orange, rosmarine, cucumber)

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Meet our Leadership


Conium Nyathi – Head of Countries
Board member of empowermefirst.college

Given Moyo – Country coordinator

Mduduzi Moyo – Head of Educational Planning

Brigit Koch – Founder
Board member of empowermefirst.college

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