Madagascan agricultural entrepreneur wins first prize

timthumbAnzisha first prize Heritianina Randriamananatahina. (Image source: Anzishaprize.org) The Anzisha Grand Prize for African Youth Entrepreneurship was awarded to Heritiaina Randriamananatahina

The Mastercard Foundation and African Leadership Academy announced this week that Heritiaina Randriamananatahina from Madagascar has won the sixth Anzisha grand prize for African Youth Entrepreneurship. For receiving the first place, Randriamananatahina will receive a US$25,000 prize. 

Fiombonana, Randriamananatahina's business, is an agro-processing enterprise that manufactures dairy products and confectioneries using Malagasy raw materials. The enterprise emplyees farmers and provides others local jobs. 

The runner up was Yaye Souadou Fall, aged 21 from Senegal, who won the US$15,000 runners up price. Fall won the prize for his environment a; ventures while the third placed went to agricultural entrepreneur N'guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier, 19 from Cote d'Ivoire, who will receive US$12,500. 

“I am so excited to win the Anzisha Prize for 2016, even though I had to drop out of school when I was in grade six. My hard work in my business is paying off. I appreciate the training I have already received so far. Now that I have won, I will invest in my own education and grow my business,” said Heritiaina Randriamananatahina.

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