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August 2017

PROWEB Facilitating Market Access for Business Women

By | News

PROWEB provides a platform for women entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services at different marketing forums such as big national events like the Zimbabwe Agricultural show (Z.A.S) .This year PROWEB is participating at the Harare Agricultural Show which is under the theme “Seed to food: Innovate ,Consolidate ,Sustain” where it is showcasing various products and services done by its membership.

The business women of PROWEB has this year exhibited high quality and market competitive products which are ranging from;

  • Leather Products (Formal shoes, Safari shoes, Farmer shoes, Belts, wallets bags, jackets)
  • Motor spares
  • Detergents (dish washers, toilet cleaners, Rust busters)
  • Interior Decor, Clothing and accessories
  • Construction Services
  • Consultancy Services
  • Catering Services
  • Hair and skin natural products.
  • Small Grains

Be sure to visit our PROWEB stand at the ongoing Harare Agricultural show from the 21stto 26th of August in the hall of commerce at stand No. 59, and for further details about PROWEB Visit our social medial platforms listed below;
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“Come with us and make a Difference”

Welcome: Moira Ngaru, Executive Director

By | Executive Director

Since its inception 11 years ago, PROWEB has grown to be a dynamic and reputable brand advancing women’s economic empowerment in Zimbabwe. Committed and dedicated leaders have been devoted in ensuring that the organisational strategic plans are attained. We are truly pleased to announce that with the stepping down of the past Executive Director, Moira Ngaru has been appointed to this position. Moira comes to us with over 20 year’s wealth of experience and expertise having devoted her career in the area of women’s and children’s rights while working in the Government and with civil society.
She has experience in women’s movement focusing mainly on socio-economic empowerment of women and has held a directorship positions with Discovery Channel Globa education Partnership (DCGEP) and Farm Orphan Support Trust (FOST). She brings extensive experience and expertise in strategic planning, program development and implementation, management and administration, fundraising, and facilitation/ consultancy skills.

IMG-20170606-WA0000 (1)Moira Ngaru sits on several Boards including Women in Politics Support Unit (Chairperson), E-Knowledge for Women in Southern Africa (Chairperson), Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (Treasurer) and Zimbabwe Women Writers (former treasurer).

In addition to the above, Mrs Ngaru’s accomplishments include a lot of consultancy work on gender, women and HIV& AIDS. She has written or contributed to a number of training manuals currently in use by organisations working in these fields.

Mrs Ngaru holds a Master’s Degree in Education specialising in Development, from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Mrs. Ngaru says: “I am honored by this appointment as well as the opportunity to work with PROWEB whose dedication and vision inspire us all. I am excited to be part of an organisation that seeks to empower women and I am sure, I will learn a lot through working on such a meaningful and creative initiative. I truly appreciate the courtesy the Secretariat, Members, Executive Board and Trustees have extended to me. Thank you again for your confidence in me. I look forward to our working together as we strive towards the achievement of our Vision”

PROWEB Members Networking Forum with Dr Jesimen Chipika, Deputy Governor RBZ

By | Events, Information, News

PROWEB presents a great platform for women to come together, to be challenged, to learn, to support each another and establish incredible contacts. Thank you Dr Jesimen Chipika (Deputy Governor of RBZ) for the detailed information you shared with PROWEB Members of the available funding facilities availed by the RBZ which women can tap on. Some of the pointers highlighted ;
 The RBZ has adopted a developmental approach to drive financial inclusion in Zimbabwe through the development of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (2016-2020), which was launched on 11 March 2016.

 $15m Women Empowerment Fund: To support women businesses and projects. The facility is available through banks and microfinance institutions. Interest rate is 10% per annum with a tenure of up to 12 months for working capital and up to 3 years for capital expenditure.
 Women’s Bank: act as a platform for access of funds for women’s special needs.
 Women’s Desk: Dedicated desks in banks focusing on developing products and services that meet the specific needs of women. 10 banks have established women desks
 SME Units: 13 banks have established SME units to facilitate development of tailor made products that meet the specific needs of SMEs.
For the fuller presentation get in touch with the PROWEB Office


FAREWELL Message from past Executive Director, Sithabile Mangwengwende

By | Information, News, Past Executive Director

Dear Colleagues and Friends

After 12 years with PROWEB it is with a sad heart that I would like to bid you farewell as I step down as Executive Director of PROWEB. It’s been a roller coaster of experiences with its ups and downs, its highs and lows but all building up to an enriched and wealthier experience. Some of my greatest highlight just to mention a few were the hosting of Business Women of South Africa (BWASA) /PROWEB trade mission, the study tour with Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development to understudy the Gender Commission in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya and also my representation of PROWEB in Amsterdam to talk about Successful mentorship programmes.

I am excited to be leaving an organisation that is well recognised and respected in the field of women empowerment with many organisations courting it for possible collaborations.
Especially, I want to thank the Board Trustees and the Secretariat, Tineyi Hungwe Project Officer, Catherine Nyatara Administration Officer , Anita Maketo Project Assistant, Interns Barbra Kachembere and Anesu Matizanadzo for enabling me and supporting me during this process.

I have met wonderful women during these years and my network is richer because of you all. I will continue as Trustee, mentor and trainer so definitely our paths will cross at some point.
To this end I would like to say thank you all.

I leave to concentrate on family business but I am happy to introduce to you Moira Ngaru who takes over as the PROWEB Executive Director from the 1st June 2017. Moira is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years experience in women economic empowerment. And I know you will give her the support she needs to make this organisation the best women empowerment organisation in the region and beyond.

Sithabile Mangwengwende (Mbuya VaSimba)