Ali Omar, a resident of Lamu (an Island in Kenyan coast) and founder and CEO of Ali Lamu will today share hisentrepreneurial success on CNN African Start Up in a move to the coastal entrepreneur expects to help him reach out to the world.
The Lamu based handbag entrepreneur has put his products online in the hopes of attracting a bigger clientele. The company turns old fishing materials and off-shore by products into fashionable handbag designs.
“Our bags range from big bags called the Latina bag, small bags for going to the beach and a double zip bag that turns into an apron for cooking in the kitchen to name a few,” says Omar.
Omar is one of the many Kenyans who have been touted as the most entrepreneurial people in East and Central Africa as they turn all their ideas into money making ventures.
Announced on December 17, ‘African Start-Up’ joins ‘African Voices’, ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’ and ‘Inside Africa’ as the latest addition to the leading international news network’s programming output looking at the events that are shaping the African continent and the people defining the African story.
The new series, airing as a weekly segment and then bi-monthly as a half hour special, follows several SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) entrepreneurs in various African countries to see how they’re working to make their dreams become reality. It explores how they generate their ideas, formulate business plans, raise capital and distribute their products. The entrepreneurs take viewers through their daily challenges, charting both the setbacks and the opportunities that exist for those with the vision and creativity to try something new.