From Child Soldier to Refugee to Changemaker – A Conversation with Bahati Kanyamanza | Podcast Episode #10

Step inside the incredible journey of a man who escaped life as a child soldier and refugee to co-founder and changemaker.
The Rank & File Podcast

The Rank & File Podcast

Hosted by Kari Elizabeth Enge - Certified Life and Business Coach for Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurs at Rank & File

Your life journey may have led you to see some incredible things, most likely you’ve seen some problems you are trying to solve, or you are in a circumstance you are trying to life yourself, your family or help others to lift themselves out of. This is what social impact and purpose-driven entrepreneurship is all about.

And still, it’s so easy to become discouraged by our present circumstances, when we experience ebbs and flows in business. But we are really learning each and every day, and everything we go through is preparing us for the season that lies ahead and the impact we will have in the future.

So, it’s really important as a purpose-driven entrepreneur to embrace every season and stage of your journey. But also to not accept our circumstances as our identity. We need to stay grounded in our inherent value as a human being, positive and focused on our purpose in life and motivated as we take action to reach our goals.

Today’s guest is such a great example of this kind of strong character. You are definitely going to be inspired by Bahati Kanyamanza and his life story! He is a man who escaped a life as a child soldier in Congo and took a step of bravery to educate young people in his refugee camp in an entrepreneurial way.

Bahati is going to share his journey from being a young refugee inside the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to how he co-founded COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa.

We are also going to discuss some practical things that you can apply to your business like the importance of stopping the talk and taking action, growing from where you are at, and creating an entrepreneurial culture inside of yourself and your community.

I am so honored for you to meet Bahati, so tune in now to hear his story.

Important links from this episode:

What We Can All Learn From A Refugee Community Restored Through Entrepreneurial Education – Issue #11 Rank & File Magazine
American Express LeaderStories: Bahati Kanyamanza
Ashoka Changemaker: Bahati Kanyamanza



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