Natalie Grillon, a former Peace Corps volunteer a nd r ecent MBA graduate, embodies grit. She works in a remote area of war-torn northern Uganda to develop an organic sesame business as par t of Gulu Agricult ura l Development Company, which provides more than 40 000 small-holder farmers with access to international markets.
Overseeing a staff of 35 and a network of 50 buyers, Natalie wakes up each day determined to grow the business by t r a i ning more fa r mers and improving their product quality. Some days she’s holed up analysing f inancials, and others she’s loading trucks for shipment. She has to be both an empathetic listener and a stern director, often at the