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Enhancing Employment with the Youth in mind.

By | News

PROWEB has observed that over the past years, a significant portion of young women in Zimbabwe are remaining unemployed for long periods even when they have higher education qualifications. At first glance, it may seem as if the struggles of the young women university students end as soon as they graduate. This has been attributed to the mismatch between the skills being developed by the training system and what is needed in the labour market. It is against this background that PROWEB in collaboration with its partners implemented a training program aimed at building and strengthening the capacity of young women with the necessary skills to enter and remain in the labour market.

The Life Skills Training Program focused on: Interviews, Curriculum/ Career Development, Presentation Skills, Grooming & Etiquette, Goal Setting Leadership, Assertiveness, Confidence, Communication and Reporting Skills, Sexual Harassment at the workplace.

After going through the training the young women were attached to season and experienced professional women and men for work related experience, internships job placement and mentoring. PROWEB is proud to say that through this program it has trained and empowered over 260 youths and have managed to place over 100 youths with different employers in private, public and NGO sector. Due to the hard-work shown by the trained youths, some of them have transitioned into full time employment with very good packages and employers are impressed.

We would like to say thank you to all who contributed to the successful implementation of the project. We therefore invite more organisations to join us and partner with us in alleviating unemployment and producing a competent workforce.

Here are highlights of some of the youths that were placed for internships;

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Tapiwa Matibiri- Pharmacist, Avenues Clinic Pharmacy

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Tatenda Guzuzu- Consultant, Distinctive Consultancy
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Kudzanai Mkwashi-Front Office Personnel, South African Airlines
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Sandra Ndlovu- General Nurse, Avenues Clinic
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Samkeliso Gumede- Agronomist, Spinyard Investments
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PROWEB, come with us and make a difference.

Develop your business skills through the PROWEB Business Women’s Training & Mentoring Program

By | Events, Information, News

Learn key skills to run a business!
We know what it’s like to start and grow a business, which is why we’ve developed this training that delivers results. After all, knowledge is the best investment you can make in your business!
Our training features:
• Practical, applicable skills that are 100% relevant to the successful operation of a business
• A range of subjects known to be pivotal to business success
• Different learning approaches including Business Mentoring, Business Plan Development , conference workshops and self-directed study
We are happy to inform that our 2017 program is on the right course as we recently interviewed and selected 60 high female entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe to be part of the program.
Here are some highlights of these powerful women entrepreneurs.

Verity Mutsamwira-– Evergreen Construction and land Developers
From being a Stanbic Bank employee to owning an enterprise, Verity is a proud owner of Evergreen Construction and Land Developers Company in Harare. Her company specializes in civil engineering, land developing, building renovations and maintenance, construction, electric wiring, painting, plumbing, carpentry, floor and wall tiling and roofing gutters among other services. Verity applied for the Business Women’s Training and Mentorship Programme in Entrepreneurship Skills to increase her networking opportunities, acquire access to potential investors/ financing opportunities and enhance her business skills. Verity’s vision for the company is to be the largest corporate in Zimbabwe, employing a large number of employees.
PROWEB also got the chance to visit the site at Harare Polytechnic College and witnessed the great work being done by Verity.
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Verity, one of her employees and PROWEB staff at one of her business sites- Harare Polytechnic College

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Tineyi Hungwe (left), Verity (centre) and Anita Maketo (Right)

Alice Nduna- New Look and Thara Chemicals
New Look and Thara Chemicals is owned by Alice Nduna, a Chemist by profession who developed a passion to manufacture up-market cleaning chemical swhich has been tested and approved by the Standards Association of Zimbabwe. She applied to be part of the PROWEB Business Women’s Training to enhance her business skills, learn about branding, markets and access to regional markets. Alice’s vision of the business is for it to be in the top three of the best cleaning chemicals manufacturers in Zimbabwe.
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Alice Nduna’s employees in white demonstrating the branding process to Tineyi Hungwe with Alice Nduna on the immediate right looking on

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Alice Nduna (Left), showing her products to Tineyi Hungwe (right).

Dade Nxoliso Nxumalo- Lingwe Image Makers (Pvt) Ltd

Image Makers manufactures school wear, sports kits, protective clothing, corporate wear, nurse uniforms, promotional wear and home curtains. Her high quality products have managed to create a good name for Dade as large corporate, schools, individuals and colleges are now demanding for her products. Dade registered for the Business Skills Training to enhance her business skills, learn proper bookkeeping skills and for assistance in capital injection. Dade is aiming at opening branches in other towns, employing skilled personnel and acquiring embroidery machinery to ensure a justified growth in her business.
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Dade at her factory

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Dade (centre) and her employees at the factory

PROWEB HEALTH EVENT

By | Events, News, Reports

Women are the undeniable experts of multi-tasking, sometimes at the cost of their own health. PROWEB identified a gap that exists as Professional women, Women Executives and Business women find themselves with no time to have their health checked on a regular basis. To this Effect PROWEB held a Health Event under the theme, “Are you too busy or afraid to know? Is ignorance really bliss? Lets talk Cancer.”at the Crowne Plaza Monomotapa Hotel on the 12th of April 2017.Professional women and business women from different business sectors attended the event. The speakers for the day were Priscilla Mangwiro from the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe and Pauline Marerwa, a cancer survivor. The director of ceremony was Rudo Mudavanhu, Chief Executive Officer of Africom.

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PROWEB on Youth Empowerment

By | News

Are you a recent graduate struggling to secure a job? Have you spent years looking for a job and still have not been called for an interview? Are you facing fears of joining the corporate world? PROWEB gives you a chance to learn more of the corporate world, how to handle interviews and how to adapt to the workplace. Other youths have done it, be part of the web that’s bringing professionalism to the workplace. Below is one of the youths who have benefited from the PROWEB/ Zimbabwe: Works program.

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Gamuchirai Nyamakura graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc Honors Degree in Agriculture (Animal Science) in October 2015. A whole year passed by, Gamuchirai could not secure a job due to economic hardships in the country and little career guidance. She then learnt about the PROWEB Youths Equipped for Life Project under the Zimbabwe: Works where she attended a Capacity Building Training in Employability and Life Skills in 2016. These sessions equipped her with relevant professional skills for the work place which include work conduct, CV and cover letter writing , grooming and etiquette, presentation skills, assertiveness and goal setting. The desired outcome for PROWEB is to transform the lives of young women through different capacity enhancement trainings to develop the skills necessary for an active and stable professional life , giving guidance on getting a job and offering internship placements.

After the training workshops, Gamuchirai was referred by PROWEB to three interviews within the private sector companies for internship. The first two interviews managed to boost her confidence such that when she was sent to the third interview at Profeeds she performed exceptionally well and was hired as a graduate trainee. Gamuchirai now works at the Profeeds Centre in Banket, selling the company’s products and offering technical advice to farmers. She acknowledges the relevance of the skills that she acquired during the trainings and she believes that this has provided her with a necessary platform to perform her best at Profeeds.

PROWEB is inviting all young women to be part of this exciting initiative. Come with us and make a difference.

Rest in Peace Professor Primrose Kurasha

By | Current President, Information, News

PROWEB mourns the passing away of its President and Founding Trustee, Professor Primrose Kurasha. She is the among the Trustees who founded the organisation in 2005 and was committed to the vision of seeing Zimbabwe women empowered socially, professionally and economically. She spearheaded successful PROWEB projects. She was a great inspiration, full of energy, wisdom, and love. We will forever cherish the work she did not only for PROWEB but to the women folk at large . Rest in peace Professor Primrose Kurasha

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PROWEB Empowering Youths in Zimbabwe

By | Information, Mentorship, News

PROWEB entered into partnership with the Zimbabwe Works Project, under International Youth Foundation to train . The partnership is training young adults for Employability and Entrepreneurship skills. The desired outcome of the programme is to transform the lives of young women and men through provision of professional and business skills that enable them to participate in key economic processes. The project has since trained 813 young men and women aged 20-35 years and 250 youths for employability. It has managed to place 100 youths for internship and job placement with different companies in Zimbabwe.

Gamuchirai’s Success Story

Gamuchirai Nyamakura graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc Honours Degree in Agriculture (Animal Science) in October 2015. Having received little career guidance together with the economic hardships in the country, she was not able to effectively secure a job. A whole year passed by. She then learnt about the Zimbabwe: Works program which was being facilitated by PROWEB.

Gamuchirai did not hesitate to register and was shortly selected as a beneficiary of the program. Thereafter she was invited to attend a three day capacity building training workshop on Access to Formal Sector Employment held from the 20th to the 22nd of April 2016. This was followed by 31 Passport to Success training sessions facilitated by the PROWEB team which equipped her with personal and career development aspects like knowing how to make a positive first impression, writing a CV and cover letter, assertiveness and goal setting.

After the training workshops PROWEB managed to refer Gamuchirai to three interviews. The first two were at Tererai Trent International Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Both organizations required someone with a strong Crop Science background so she did not qualify. However this experience boosted her confidence such that when she was sent to Profeeds she performed exceptionally well and was hired as a graduate trainee.

Gamuchirai is now working at the Profeeds Centre in Banket where she sells the company products and assists farmers with technical advice. She is grateful for the opportunity to benefit from the Zimbabwe: Works program. Most importantly because the skills that she has acquired during the trainings make her work easier. She says dealing with people in such a challenging environment now comes natural to her!

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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.