March 18- 22, 2017 (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) – Social entrepreneur Rahama Wright is presenting seminars on successful entrepreneurship for entrepreneurs and university and business school students with the support of the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic. Ms. Wright is a social entrepreneur, and is working to innovate the shea butter supply chain in West Africa.
Rahama Wright’s social enterprise Shea Yeleen markets and distributes high quality skincare products, while providing living wages to cooperative members in Northern Ghana. The line of shea butter products is being distributed through 100+ Whole Foods Markets, Amazon.com, and SheaYeleen.com. Shea Yeleen has been featured in various publications and media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, Forbes Woman Africa, Voice of America, and CNBC Africa.
In Kyrgyzstan, Rahama Wright will meet with entrepreneurs that produce skin care products. She will also meet with young social entrepreneurs and will share her success stories with university and business school students. Ms. Wright will take questions from those taking part in meetings and seminars and will give advice.
In 2014, Ms. Wright completed her first round of private equity investment with the Pan-African Investment Company supported by Dick Parsons and Ron Lauder. A leading voice on African women’s economic and business development, Ms. Wright has presented at the United Nations Thematic Debate on Entrepreneurship for Development, the Secretary of State Global Diaspora Forum, and the World Bank Africa Region Growth Dialogue.
Ms. Wright currently serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs in the Johns Hopkins University’s Social Innovation Lab. In 2014, she was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Ms. Wright received her BA in International Relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali.
Media representatives interested in covering the event should contact the Press Service of the U.S. Embassy by phone at 597 396, 597 595, 0770 770 299, or by e-mail at BishkekPAS@state.gov.