GRIT:

Finweek English Edition - - MANAGEMENT -

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

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