Its 2015 and What’s the news? In October 2014, Emily Maposa a Co-Director in Quatrohaus was amongst the 30 Entrepreneurs who were selected for an Entrepreneur Training programme in Harare, Zimbabwe. The training marked the beginning of a new journey for Quatrohaus and Emily. These are just insights of the lessons learnt from the training and the mentorship programme: Quatrohaus Case Study Experience – PROWEB Virgin Unite Entreprenuer Training 2015
PROWEB training assisted me to come up with a documented Business Plan which has provided my Business with direction and purpose. The Business Plan has helped to broaden my understanding of my business such as its strengths, weaknesses, its operations and industry. The Business Plan has assisted me to set appropriate goals and objectives with a clear vision. I have also learnt how to manage and control the finances of my business and I have since set up systems to achieve financial controls. In addition through PROWEB training I have strengthened my record keeping and are paying attention to detail.
It all started with an email from PROWEB inviting me to a breakfast meeting to launch the Electronic Women’s Directory in Mutare at the Amber Hotel. Quite a number of ladies attended who were running big businesses already. Little did I know that this was the beginning of an exciting journey for me.CASE STUDY Nyaradzo Chahuruva
The turning point for my business was being invited to attend the PROWEB Foundation course on Entrepreneurial Skills . My business had been operating in project mode and I started looking at it as a business. What impacted me the most was an injunction from one of the presenters to view my operation as a sustainable business and not a small project. This simple change in mindset has helped me to develop a bigger vision for the business that I am now working towards. PROWEB CASE STUDY _ NOMA NDLOVU
The good news is that there is plenty that can be done to make sure a partnership succeeds and achieves great results for both parties. Virgin Unite for example, is supporting mentoring programme PROWEB, which works with female entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. Having created 60 mentoring relationships over the last six months, we posed this question to the women’s empowerment network: how do you ensure a mentoring relationship flourishes?
To bring our #MentoringToGrow series to a close, we have two incredible women from PROWEB Business Training Programme Busi Geneva Marandure and Gail Mawocha, sharing what their mentoring relationship means to them – highlighting the business and the personal benefits that come from being both a mentor and a mentee. https://www.virgin.com/unite/entrepreneurship/how-mentoring-relationships-grow-both-mentees-and-mentors
“Before enrolling in the business programme, I was not making much profit from my vending venture. Now, with the business skills acquired from my tutors and my mentor, business is booming. I used to sell small quantities on the streets, but I am now supplying large supermarkets with orders of vegetables and fruit every day,” said Sango in a recent interview.http://www.thezimbabwean.co/2015/10/proweb-empowers-young-business-women/
PROWEB has been promoting the active participation of women entrepreneurs nationally, regionally and internationally and recently participated at the Mozambique International Trade Fair (31 August – 6 September 2015) in Maputo. The objective is to promote women entrepreneurs to grow and expand their business enterprises by exploring regional and international markets.
PROWEB has been running a Business Women’s Training and Mentorship Programme in Entrepreneurship Skills for 60 female entrepreneurs from the southern and northern region of Zimbabwe. On the 5th and 6th of October 2015, PROWEB hosted a Graduation Ceremony in Harare and Bulawayo to recognise these outstanding women entrepreneurs who successfully and satisfactorily completed the one year training programme. The Training focused on beginners and advanced business training bootcamps, Business Plan Development and Business Pitch, Access to Financial Services and products, Business Mentorship,National and Regional Trade Show participation.