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Building Africa's Future

With seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world, Africa is an emerging market rife with challenges and opportunities. Faraimose Kutadzaushe, MBA 2013, is optimistic about the future. Despite the recent economic challenges in his native Zimbabwe, he recently wrote for a Poets and Quants article, "I witnessed a spirit of mirco-entrepreneurship develop. That spirit made me want to take part in restoring my country's economy, even in some small, modest way. Those small companies that people start, they all contribute to our economy, so that's where I want to go with my life."

His desire to make an impact in his home country ultimately led him to apply to Stanford GSB, which he found to be a valuable introspective process. "I wrote an application that was really authentic to what I wanted to do. That made the process easier because I was writing about things that really resonated with me," he writes.

Read more about Faraimose's personal journey and advice for prospective students in the Poets and Quants article, "My Story: From Zimbabwe To A Stanford MBA."

Stanford University and the GSB are committed to playing a role in Africa's economic development. Want to know more? Attend The Stanford Africa Forum, Tomorrow's Africa: Where are the Builders? This year's theme focuses on changing the dialogue around business in African countries, from visions of the future to action toward turning those visions into reality. The keynote speaker is Mitchell Elegbe, managing director and CEO of Interswitch, the largest payment switching company in Nigeria. Register now.