Young entrepreneurship in Timor-Leste
Sonya da Costa is a young entrepreneur from Dili, Timor-Leste. After beginning her career as a barista at a popular café in Dili, in 2017 she applied for and won a place on Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme.
While in Australia she used some of her earnings to buy a coffee machine and on her return used it to start a business, the ‘Wake Up’ café in Dili. Her enthusiasm for youth-run small business as an engine for employment creation is influenced by her involvement with the UNDP-supported Knua Juventude Fila Liman (Young Entrepreneur Centre). The Centre’s aim is to ‘transform idle youth to become change-makers and social innovators through leadership and entrepreneurship, tackling challenges and seizing opportunities’.
1 September 2019