Entrepreneurship has always had the potential to lift people out of poverty, but there are few stories more inspirational than that of 24-year-old Ugandan Charles Batte. Raised in Kamwokya slum and hanging out with marijuana-smoking peers at the age of just five, Batte knows a thing or two about how a lack of jobs can lead to crime and despair.
Yet Batte is now a fourth-year medical student at Makerere University, owns a farm and was the winner of this year’s Your Big Year challenge, a global competition run by the UK NGO Smaller Earth. Having beaten off the competition of 60,000 young entrepreneurs, Batte is Smaller Earth’s 2012/13 ambassador, and is expected to travel the world meeting government officials and other world leaders advocating for social entrepreneurship. Given his background, he seems a worthy choice.
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