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Social Entrepreneur Promoting Employment in South Africa
Karin Fuchsloch launched Career Planet, a social enterprise in South Africa aimed at reducing the drastic unemployment rates in the country. This award-winning enterprise identified youth unemployment as the most pressing socio-economic hurdle in South Africa, a fact which not only brings poverty, but also fosters crime, violence and loss of morale and dignity.
With several years of work experience with business and social sectorsas well as starting her own enterprises, Fuchsloch chose to follow her lifelong dream of doing something that would impact the lives of people in a most positive way. She wants to create a cycle of hope for the new generations in South Africa that otherwise face a grim economic future.
Fuchsloch says: "Small businesses are one of the solutions to South Africa's unemployment challenges, but our people need education and skills. Teens also need to choose the right subjects at school so that they are able to prepare for the career path that they wish to take. This is where the idea of Career Planet was born."
Career Planet entered into a partnership with DG Murray Trust in 2011; that alliance helped her enterprise to expand its scope and reach to a larger number of people. Career Planet went on to develop a new website, mobile site and USSD phone application. Her social enterprise now offers a broad range of opportunities as well as free e-learning to youth from all parts of South Africa.
Fuchsloch says: "The situation in South Africa could be improved if entrepreneurship was taught and promoted at schools and encouraged as a way of life. Entrepreneurial thinking does not only have to apply to people starting their own businesses. It is also equally important when you are employed by someone else. Thinking like an entrepreneur adds value to the company by suggesting innovative ways to improve aspects of the business and grow profits."
Fuchsloch inspires others around her with her boundless energy and passion. She fights harder during tough times, and bounces back each time stronger than before. She encourages youth with entrepreneurial talent to follow their dreams, and to go with their heart because anything is possible when it is done with enough passion.
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