12 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs

Written by Dana Sanchez

Vanessa Zommi, Founder, CNN.com
Vanessa Zommi, Founder, Emerald Moringa Tea

Vanessa Zommi, Cameroon

Zommi was inspired by her mother’s struggle with diabetes to try to come up with healthy, alternative treatments to help manage her disease. She discovered the moringa oleifera tree in her region, whose leaves have properties to help lower blood sugar levels. She founded Emerald Moringa Tea, and partners with local farmers to supply the leaves and process them into moringa tea bags. She also helps small-scale farmers grow more moringa, providing seeds and planting skills.