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January 5, 2021

These people will give you hope for 2021

After a year of lost loved ones, livelihoods and endless lockdowns, we’re all looking forward to a new year. Just look to some of these amazing young people for hope that 2021 will bring better things.

Software to stop the spread

Factory workers isolate to produce face masks

Charcoal blocks from waste products

Salomon Ndizeye, from Burundi, creates charcoal blocks from waste products, which preserves the natural woodland and manages waste. SPARK coached Salomon and co-financed the construction of a processing unit to help him get his affordable product to market. Salomon has created 24 permanent jobs for young people in his community and will continue to hire in 2021.

Women beekeepers cooperative

Turkish/Syrian-owned company producing ventilators

This year, we’ve been overwhelmed by the entrepreneurial spirit of the people we support. Youth across Africa and the Middle East have been finding ways to support their communities through hard times, fill gaps in emerging markets and continue their studies online.

Thank you to our many partners for helping us to support the most vulnerable youth in fragile states, including women and refugees. And most of all, thank you to the thousands of entrepreneurs and students for persevering, adapting and growing throughout 2020.