Isabel Dos Santos is best known to many as Africa’s wealthiest woman and also as the daughter of Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, Angola’s previous and longest-serving president. However, behind the titles, Isabel Dos Santos is a woman who is dedicated to making the African continent better, by making self-development opportunities available to everyone.
How she does it
Isabel usually uses various ways to achieve her goal. First, she uses her position in the companies she owns and leads to make life better for the Average Angolan citizen. For instance, as one of the senior-most leaders in Unitel, Angola’s largest telecommunication company, Isabel aims on the expansion of the country’s infrastructure system for the past one decade, and as a result, has helped create more than 50,000 job opportunities. Apart from Unitel, Isabel Dos Santos also owns a long string of businesses. Through these businesses, Isabell positively impacts the economic status of the country through the eradication of poverty by employment provision.
Apart from increasing employment opportunities, Isabel Dos Santos is also a philanthropist and continuously goes out of her way to support the local community by contributing to charity. To ensure that her charitable donations touch even more lives, all of Isabel’s companies have a special department, dedicated to deal with sponsorship and social responsibility programs. She also ensures that even her employees understand the essence of giving back, by creating a culture of giving back in all her companies. She achieves this by ensuring that every staff member holds an active role in the company’s social responsibility programs.
Some of the most notable charity projects that Isabel through her companies is involved in include a nationwide campaign against malaria, clean water supply to poor community’s initiative and even a special day project for underprivileged and sick children (BBC).
Isabel Dos Santos also improves the wellbeing of the community by allowing other people, mostly youths to tap into her intellectual wealth. She does so by tirelessly sharing her vast knowledge through public speaking and mentorship programs. For instance, she was recently a guest of honor at Yale University where she talked about her achievements, as well some of the things that young people can do to make their dreams a reality.
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