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Benedicte Mundele

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Benedicte Mundele is CEO and Founder of Surprise Tropical, an organic local business that promotes a healthy lifestyle in her community in the suburb of Kinshasa. “Food is more than eating. It is a relationship because with food we have culture, we have energy, emotion, the future, and healthiness,” she says. Highlighting her passion for her venture. Benedict describes Surprise Tropicale as a food system with a mission to promote fresh local food by sharing the culture and the emotion in the local products.

Benedicte is a member, mentor and communication officer of Kuvuna Foundation a Leadership Institute focused on entrepreneurship. She is also a World Économic Forum Global Shaper and curator of its hub in Kinshasa.

Since Benedicte’s selection as an Anzisha Fellow, she has completed a Masters’ Program in Italy focused on Food Innovation. Today, Surprise Tropicale is in the business of e-commerce and delivers fresh foods all over Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. She has goals of expanding all over the Democratic Republic of Congo and currently has five employees. Benedicte has also been featured on CNN,  Ventures Africa, and Bilengeonline

Quote: “The day you realize that you are not like everybody; you are unique will be the day you will start doing things with passion. Doing things with passion is the key to success.”

Benedict Mundele may be contacted directly at: benesthermundele@yahoo.com.







Kuami Eugene, JoeBoy among 129 nominated for 2020 Africa Youth Awards

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Africa Youth Awards has announced its shortlisted nominees for the 2020 edition of the Pan African awards scheme that honours inspirational young Africans who are championing the development of the continent in diverse fields. With strong representation from South Africa and Ghana on the list with 19 nominees each, the award also features 18 Nigerians, 14 Kenyans, 10 Ugandans and nine Tanzanian nominees, the awards shortlisted nominees comprised of 46 females, 65 Males and 18 Organisations.

Young African Change-Makers Tackling Joblessness In Africa



Sub-Saharan Africa is a region of the world confronted with both high unemployment and underemployment, issues that prohibit the move from poverty into wealth. These factors are particularly prevalent among the subcontinent’s young people – in fact, according to The World Bank, 60% of all those unemployed on the continent are youths, and youth unemployment occurs at twice the rate of unemployment among older people. “The situation requires urgent attention because, if the regional economy is not creating enough jobs for young people ready to enter the labour market, we are setting ourselves up for an even tougher economic future,” says Melissa Mbazo-Ekpenyong, Deputy Director of the Anzisha Prize, an initiative in partnership with African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation that is a direct and deliberate response to this challenge.

Tackling Unemployment In Africa



Another very young entrepreneur worthy of celebration is Benedicte Mundele from the DRC who founded Surprise Tropical – an e-commerce company that delivers fresh foods all over Kinshasa – was featured on CNN in a programme highlighting business innovations tackling Africa’s unique challenges. Having been made a Fellow in 2014 at the age of just 20, she has created 13 jobs, and describes the company as a food system with a mission to promote fresh local food. She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and communication officer of Kuvuna Foundation, a Leadership Institute focused on entrepreneurship.

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Congolese Benedicte Mundele Kuvuna locally transforms agricultural products



Agence Ecofin) - In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benedicte Mundele Kuvuna invests in the development of agricultural commodities. She is the founder of Surprise Tropicale, a company specializing in the manufacture and marketing of juices, crisps and more recently traditional dishes. According to the young woman, foodstuffs grown by farmers do not benefit from the same enthusiasm as imported products. Furthermore, she points to the fact that locally grown food is processed abroad and then resold in supermarkets across the country at high prices. To overcome this problem, she trained in food innovation and created her own business, with the aim of transforming these agricultural products on site.


BBC 100 Women 2019: Who’s on the list?



63) Benedicte Mundele – Fresh food entrepreneur, Democratic Republic of Congo When Benedicte, 24, looked around the Democratic Republic of Congo, she saw lots of raw food — from potatoes to passion fruit — yet people still lived in food poverty. She says supermarkets were full of produce originally grown in the country but exported and processed with preservatives, before being re-imported at expensive prices. Fighting mistrust of local food, she founded Surprise Tropical, a canteen serving healthy take-out food, including juices and banana chips, on the outskirts of the capital, Kinshasa. Five years later, the company's online business offers fresh produce across the city, and there are plans to expand across the country.

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