Eventually, I plan to retire on the continent of Africa. I haven’t decided on which country. During my retirement years, I don’t plan to stay idle. I want to create businesses that benefit the people on the continent and I was curious what A.I. thought.

I created the prompts below to give me startup business ideas and the output is below. What do you think?

Create a list of the simplest and most lucrative businesses to start in sub-Saharan Africa
put this list in a table and include approximate startup costs

Add a column for Country and list the country with the highest demand for this service

∙ Create another column called Impact and rate the positive impact on the local economy using a scale from 1 to 10. 10 being the highest.

Create a column called “Expertise” and rate the level of expert knowledge needed to start a business in this field. 10 meaning a lot of expertise is needed. 1 meaning not a lot of expertise is needed.

No.Business IdeaDescriptionApproximate Startup CostsCountry with Highest DemandImpactExpertise
1Crop FarmingGrowing high-demand crops like maize, cassava, etc.Varies based on crop and scaleNigeria, Kenya95
2Poultry FarmingRaising chickens for meat and eggs$1,000 – $5,000Nigeria, Ghana74
3Fish FarmingCultivating fish in ponds or tanks$2,000 – $10,000Nigeria, Uganda86
4Fruit/Vegetable VendingSelling fresh produce in local markets$500 – $2,000Various countries62
5Street Food StallOffering local snacks or meals$500 – $2,000Ghana, Nigeria63
6Catering BusinessProviding catering services for events$1,000 – $5,000Nigeria, South Africa85
7Online RetailSelling products online$500 – $5,000Nigeria, South Africa74
8Food DeliveryPartnering with local restaurants for delivery$1,000 – $5,000Nigeria, Kenya74
9Mobile Money AgentAssisting with mobile banking transactions$100 – $500Kenya, Uganda93
10Mobile Repair ServicesRepairing mobile phones and devices$500 – $2,000Nigeria, Kenya66
11Motorcycle TaxiProviding affordable urban transportation$500 – $2,000Kenya, Nigeria73
12Parcel DeliveryOffering package delivery services$500 – $2,000Nigeria, Kenya73
13Tour Guide ServicesShowcasing local attractions and cultural experiences$100 – $500Kenya, Tanzania63
14Guesthouse/HostelProviding affordable lodging for travelers$5,000 – $20,000Kenya, Ghana85
15Salon/BarbershopOffering hair and beauty services$1,000 – $5,000Nigeria, South Africa76
16Skincare ProductsCreating and selling natural skincare products$500 – $2,000Nigeria, Ghana64
17Solar Panel InstallationInstalling off-grid solar power systems$2,000 – $10,000Kenya, Tanzania97
18Biomass EnergyProducing biofuel or biogas from organic waste$5,000 – $20,000Kenya, Ghana86
19Tutoring ServicesProviding academic support for students$100 – $500Nigeria, Kenya72
20Vocational TrainingOffering practical skills training$1,000 – $5,000Nigeria, Ghana84
21Recycling BusinessCollecting and processing recyclable materials$1,000 – $5,000Kenya, Nigeria84
22CompostingConverting organic waste into compost for agriculture$100 – $500Kenya, Ghana72

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