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In addition, we have programmes on the distribution of Internet access in rural areas, on sensitisation towards saving and credit, on training entrepreneurship in rural areas, etc.

What kind of business opportunities do you see in rural areas?

Rural regions are full of opportunities for business start-ups, in the most diverse areas, and not only in agriculture. For example, let’s take the lack of infrastructure in power supply. There is a huge potential here, for instance for generating electricity via solar plants or other regenerative energy sources such as biogas from animal excrements. After all, animal husbandry is one of the key characteristics of rural areas, so it wouldn’t be a problem to generate biogas. The education sector also holds a considerable potential. In many areas, the school infrastructure is poor, which means there is a big opportunity for those interested in training and capacity building. And lots of rural areas offer a major tourist potential thanks to their cultural and historical specialities. These tourist attractions can be turned into assets and above all provide good business opportunities for the rural population. But agriculture also bears much potential. Everywhere you can see a lack of mechanisation. Companies could develop cheap machines and appliances that are adapted to the conditions in our agriculture.

Is there enough government support for young entrepreneurs in Togo?

As young people we must be development ambassadors for our country, and it is above all our task to accompany the government in its mission. However, the government should make efforts to enhance the entrepreneurial environment by lowering taxes for young entrepreneurs, for example, and by facilitating administrative procedures. We also want it to include us in the decision-making process and take our proposals into account.

And how do you cover your expenses?

We have been trying to tap financial sources for our activities since the inception of our co-working spaces.