Monthly Archives

May 2016

PROWEB Youth’s Equipped for Life Project

By | Information, Mentorship, News

PROWEB, in collaboration with Zimbabwe Works and International Youth Foundation is implementing a Youth Equipped for Life Projects for 800 youths, aged 20-35 years of age , drawn from Harare, Mutare, Chitungwiza and Mutare.

This project covers three training components which include:
1. Enterprise startup and growth,
2. Access to Formal Sector Employment Training
3. Passport to Success (PTS) Training

The project focuses on strengthening the capacity of young women and men with relevant professional and business skills through structured training which includes; Entrepreneurship Training;

Financial literacy;
Business Proposal Development;
Mentorship/ Coaching;
Internship and Job Placement to seasoned professionals and business

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PROWEB Point of Connection

By | Information, News

On the 1st of April 2016, PROWEB in line with its objective of celebrating women, hosted a woman called Nyasha Gwatidzo to talk about her book entitled “Walk with Me through Sixteen Inspirational and Business Life Tips” Nyasha Gwatidzo started her social entrepreneurial journey in 1992 with only £800 from a redundancy package and a lot of passion. Her vision was to bring fostering into the independent sector. Walk with Me is an account of Nyasha’s experience while walking the length of the River Thames − a journey of 183 miles − from 30th June to 15th July, 2014.
Her story was to inspire Zimbabwean business women to achieve their own success and tap into their own passion and purpose, enabling them to make their own dreams become a reality.

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Entrepreneurship and Capacity Building Workshop

By | Information, News

PROWEB‘s mission is for women to rise to above small to medium businesses. Among the many methods of achieving this is the business training and mentoring of women to be confident about what they know , what they can do and through various trainings to boost their capacities as entrepreneurs. In the month of March, PROWEB in conjunction with Thrive Microfinance conducted a 3 Days Entrepreneurship and Capacity Building Workshop for 30 entrepreneurs. The training focused on Business Management, Financial Literacy and Gender Dynamics in Business. All the participants were awarded Certificates of Attendance
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Past President: Professor Primrose Kurasha

By | Current President, Information, News

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PROWEB would like to welcome our new President Professor Primrose Kurasha. She is a founding Trustee who has been devoted to PROWEB and has always had women’s interests at heart. She holds a PhD, MBA and BBS Hons Degrees and is the first woman Vice Chancellor in Zimbabwe. In 2003 she took Vice Chancellor role at Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and has been in the role ever since.

 

With her wealth of knowledge and expertise she sits on many boards. The following are the groups she sits on the boards of the roles she assumes:

  • She is the chairperson of Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA)
  • Executive Board member on the Council for Distance Education (ACDE).
  • SADC-ODL Project Steering Committee.
  • Founding and board member of the Scientific Industrial Research and Development Centre ( SIRDC)
  • Board member of Baobab Reinsurance P/L
  • Board member for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.
  •  ZBC Boards Finance and Audit Committee member
  • She has been chairperson of the UNESCO- funded UNITWIN Project

 

Besides sitting on boards she also uses her expertise as a consultant. She has advised financial management, manufacturing, educational and several other organizations. As a strong exponent of ODL she has also managed to create linkages with institutions all over the world. She’s influential in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi, Israel, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.

 

It is no surprise this decorated woman is also a high achiever. She has been the recipient of many awards including:

 

  • The International Star for Leadership in Quality Award (ISLQ)
  • The Open University of Tanzania Excellence Award.
  • Businesswoman of the year 2008;
  • The Sally Mugabe Award for Managerial Excellence (2005);
  • The Empretec Woman Leader of the Year (2004);
  • The Bridgeport Innovation Centre Fellowship award (1986)
  • The Van Leer Foundation Award (1979).

 

We believe that Professor Kurasha will take PROWEB to new heights. Her knowledge and expertise will open us to new ways of thinking and empowering women all over Zimbabwe. We are truly blessed to call this gem our own.

 

 

 

Thank You Sibusisiwe P. Bango

By | News

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PROWEB and it’s Board of Trustees would like to thank it’s past president Sibusisiwe P. Bango (Busi) for an amazing two years of service. When she started the role she had big shoes to fill taking over from the inaugural president Florence Ziumbe. But she made it a personal goal to maintain the standards of her predecessor and take them higher.

 

Busi believed in getting things done by whole-heartedly committing to your goals. She would use her time in spreading this ethos and instilling these values into our members.

She pushed members to attend PROWEB initiatives and to commit to attending meetings. She was a massive advocate for the on-going improvement in communication within the group. She encouraged people to respond to emails, give feedback and offer suggestions for programmes.

 

Busi kept the group going although the economic situation was difficult in Zimbabwe. PROWEB managed to forge ahead and achieve some of its strategic goals. They improved in areas of wealth creation, networking, capacity building, and advocacy. More importantly, PROWEB managed to keep its philanthropic arm alive. We gave back as much we could which was critical in maintaining our relationship with the community.

 

PROWEB and all it’s stakeholders expresses their sincere appreciation for her significant addition. We will always be grateful for her the continuous growth and relevance she brought to the organization. We are not saying goodbye as much as we are saying thank you. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and will keep her close by as a friend and mentor.