BFP: What do you do?
TP: I am a Director at Tent3sixty, I am a social entrepreneur, I work in business and at the same time in youth and community development, in particular business start up’s and enterprise development.
Tent3sixty is a non – profit, NGO geared towards empowering youth with the right information and tools that will propel them into being transformational change agents in their communities and the world at large.
Tent3sixty uses MDG 8 (Global Partnership for Development) as an important guideline in its work, and so advocates Global Partnerships for Sustainability. We have worked in partnerships on projects that are geared towards youth and community development, on environmental projects, such as tree planting campaigns and also on women’s empowerment projects,
BFP: What is the best part about your job?
TP: I love it when lives and communities are transformed and perspectives or world views are changed and improved.
BFP: What have been your greatest challenges?
TP: The need for people to have a paradigm shift and begin to move towards change and believe that we can actually be free from the slavery of poverty. Unfavourable government policies for youth SME development, especially in Africa, is also a huge challenge.
BFP: How have you overcome these challenges? / What advice, would you give to others? / What is the secret of your success?
TP: Passion, Patience and Persistence have been very important for me in overcoming these challenges. These 3Ps are my advice to others. Our passion must be compelling and contagious, we must be patient enough to stay on the mission regardless of slow progress and be persistent to keep the pressure on. The secret of my success is the fact that I believe in whatever I do or I’m doing.
BFP: If someone wants to do what you do, where should they start?
TP: I think they should start by identifying needs and doing their very best to address or meet these needs. I make emphasis on starting small.
BFP: Finally; what do you hope to get out of being part of the BFP community?
TP: I am already getting so much especially networking with other passionate individuals from different parts of the world for shared experience and expertise.
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