As the world moves to a more digital-based working environment, many companies are looking to expand their search areas to source talent. Inspired by her travels, an HBCU graduate created a virtual assistant and consulting company that connects talent across Africa with various job opportunities.
Chandell Stone created Stone Solutions in 2018 after running a travel experience company focused on cultural impact, which brought her to Kenya, where her operations are based. “Stone Solutions came out of the work I had already been doing on the continent with my first company, Destination Impact,” said Stone in an email interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE.
“I recognized a need to go beyond “feel good” projects that serve an immediate need but do not ultimately solve systemic issues. My goal shifted to create jobs, empower African people through skills training, and show the continent for what it truly is, the past, and the future of economic opportunity.”
The Bronx-born entrepreneur hopes to expand her operations to other African countries to help provide people with more job opportunities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many entrepreneurs and small businesses are looking for administrative support, but aren’t able to afford local talent,” says Stone.
“Especially [amid the COVID outbreak], people are getting a lot more comfortable with the idea of virtual services, while simultaneously being awakened to the need to invest in Black businesses. Africa has been overlooked as a place to source talent for professional services, and we are excited to fill that niche of people wanting to invest in quality, affordable services that align with their social interests.”