I'm Valerie Bowden.

Hey ya!

I'm here to help you start a business in Africa that creates profit, impact, & legacy.

THEN REALIZED THAT most Aid to AFRICA DOESN'T ACTUALLY help. BUT, THE STORY DOESN'T END THERE.

I came to Africa to
help orphans. 

If you have been struggling with how to start your business in Africa or how to makes it more profitable, I can be your personal guide. I've learned the hard way. Now, I want to make sure you do it the fast, smart, and profitable way. 

How do you do good, create something that matters, and still make an amazing income for yourself? You do business with the fastest growing economies in the world.

After a decade in Africa, I've discovered the joys of traveling it. The challenges of investing in it. And the fastest way to  triple your bottom line. I love helping people experience Africa for the first time. Africa is daunting. But when you start exploring the different countries--whether for business or travel, you will never look back.

Richard Mullin once said, "The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa — for he has so much to look forward to.” I couldn't agree more.

Today I help everyday people take their first step to Africa. I help business owners find products that their competitors don’t have. I connect the food industry to smallholder farmers & the tech industry to affordable developers. I help universities oversee their study abroad programs and TV networks like the Discovery Channel film their next episode in the jungles of Africa. I help the people who want to do business & impact investing and the organizations who want to make sure their programs actually makes a difference.

Consumers today want stories. They want to see that your business is conscious. But the global pandemic has put millions out of work which means your products and services have to be more affordable than ever.  

Helping people take their FIRST STEP TO AFRICA & boy, does it feel gooood.

Advocating passionately for more travel & biz in Africa

Earning my master degree in social work & then becoming the toughest critic of aid

My 7 month, solo, backpacking trip across Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo 

What I’m known for:

— Jack Dorsey,, CEO of Twitter 

"Africa will define the future."

words i believe

present

I help people from all over the world take their
FIRST STEP TO AFRICA. 

2016

Started a business in Ethiopia & haven't looked back!

2015

Experienced all the problems of doing business in Africa.

2014

Moved to Ethiopia & began working with African entrepreneurs.

2013

Bought a one way ticket to Cape Town. Hitchhiked my way to Cairo.

2011

Started researching the business potential in Africa.

2010

Flew to Ethiopia. First time in Africa. Been hooked ever since,

1987

Started life as a Hoosier from Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

My Timeline

where I've been

daily cups of coffee

3

Number of years in Africa

10

African countries visited

13

number of happy clients

50+

Will never be able to do

ethiopian 'Eskista' dance

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Favorite memory

Always Down to visit

Egypt

favorite concept

Concious capitalism

CURRENTLY...

Living in
Addis Ababa, 
Ethiopia

Favorite Town

Lalibela

Recommends trying

public transport in Africa at least once

Trevor Noah

Makes me laugh

I'm a little crazy about...

I LOVE working with students. I led a team from CORNELL UNIVERSITY for their semester project. I've also helped research students from Yale and Berkeley.

One

I once starred as a lead actress in an Ethiopian movie. My picture was on giant billboards everywhere! This photo is from the Ashenda Festival scene.

Two

I'm super passionate about the need for vertical farming, commercial kitchens, & accessible financing for entrepreneurs in African countries.

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Random Things

to know about me

work with Valerie

great things in africa.

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