I sat on the beach and watched the scurry of activity around the water sports kiosk. So many customers and workers running in and out. Who is behind this? I thought. Indeed it was an amazing entrepreneur, Stavros. Luckily, he was there, so I could meet him.
And Stavros told me the story. In 1975 one year after losing his home in the North/South conflict, as a refugee, he had a boat on the beach. Some UN Peacekeepers asked for a ride, and he took them. They tried to pay him and he said no. The next day the UN Peacekeepers arrived with fuel. He took them boating again, and the next day they came with more and more fuel. The next day it happened again. He had now enough fuel to take others and thus his business, Stavros Water Sports, began.
Stavros is clearly one of the founders of the Protaras' Fig Tree beach in Cyprus, and his business thrives today - over 15 options for water sports and his two sons are helping dad now. When he arrived there, it was undeveloped and undiscovered. Entrepreneurship is everywhere.