PROWEB Womens Property Acquisition Breakfast Meeting

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PROWEB organised the Property Acquisition and Investment Opportunities Breakfast event for women on the 4th of May 2018, at the Rainbow Towers Hotel. This came after the realisation that there are still many challenges facing professional, executive and business women around collateral and investments. Furthermore, women are not well informed on how to plan their investments, thriving investment property markets, importance of crowd funding to purchase some investments in their own name amongst many other critical issues, hence the focus of the event. The presenters were Vanessa Vos Pam Golding, Dr Grace Muradzikwa, MD Nicoz Diamond and Miriam Zisengwe, head of SME Business Development, Nedbank. The event was attended by over 110 professional and business women. The event was supported by Telone, Barclays Bank and Cairdre.

Business Delegation to China

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Five members were part of the President HE Emmerson Mnangagwa Business Delegation that accompanied him to China in April 2018 for the Zimbabwe-China Business Investment forum. The members who attended were Dr Grace Muradzikwa, Phillipa Phillips, Teresa Murumbi, Nancy Ziyambi and Naume Mandizha. “PROWEB Business Women showing that Women in Zimbabwe are Open for Business”

Business Women and Mentoring Program Graduation Ceremony

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PROWEB hosted the Graduation Ceremony for the 60 entrepreneurs in January 2018 in Harare and Bulawayo for the trainees who satisfactorily completed the one-year training programme in Business Management and Entrepreneurship Development Skills. Both the Mentors, Mentees and Trainers were acknowledged for their commitment towards the success of the programme. The best five entrepreneurs who scored the highest marks in the Business Plan received some prizes.

PROWEB STRATEGIC PLAN (2018-2020)

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The opportunity to step back, scrutinize, evaluate, consider and question its activities was considered as crucial to map the way forward for the organisation for the next three years. The strategic planning process comprised of a review of relevant documents, stakeholder consultations and strategic planning workshop. The three  year strategic plan was crafted in such a manner that it remains a pivotal document for PROWEB to respond to the needs of its members within the Zimbabwean context as well as expand and leverage its existing activities in order to create new avenues that will address the emerging issues affecting  its members, its various stakeholders and partners. The Strategic Plan will focus on four strategic areas; Building a capable organisation, Stakeholder capacity building, Influencing policy development and laws and Capitalising on investiment opportunities.

Proweb President | Grace Muradzikwa

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Grace Muradzikwa – Chief Executive Officer, NicozDiamond Insurance. B. Admin, MBA, AIISA, FIISA, IPM Diploma.
Grace holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Zimbabwe. In addition, she is an Associate of the Insurance Institute of South Africa (AAISA) and Fellow of the Insurance Institute of South Africa. She also holds an IPM diploma in Personnel Management.

The first black woman to list and head a public traded company Grace Muradzikwa (known as Ms G) is the Chief Executive Officer of NicozDiamond Insurance (NDI). An ISO certified premier provider of short term insurance products in Zimbabwe with interests in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, NDI was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 2002 under her leadership. She has over 2 decades of insurance experience spanning all facets of short-term insurance and reinsurance. Grace holds directorships in various local, regional and international companies and is a member of various professional affiliations.

Ms G has received among other awards – 1996 Insurance Personality of the Year, 2004 Zimbabwe Manager of the Year Runner-up, 2005 Best Performing Insurance Counter Zimbabwe Quoted Companies Survey, 2005 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year, 2009 IODZ Director of the Year, 2014 Daily News Businesswoman of the Year, Africa University Drum Award 2014 and 2016 Top 20 Most Influential Women in Africa by CEO Global.

Grace is an inspiration to many young women who have career ambitions but also want to have families. She believes that if women are qualified and prove themselves through their hard work and results they will not have difficulty in getting the respect of colleagues in the corporate world. She is very generous with her wisdom and expertise and a mentor to many young women and men.

PROWEB Women’s High Tea with Male Captains of Industry

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Introduction

The PROWEB High Tea was held on the 11th of November 2017, where over 80 professional and business women were in attendance. The invited captains of industry were; Nigel MK Chanakira, Chairman of Success Motivation Institute, Eng.Casper Chigwedere, board chairman of ZARNet and Douglas Mboweni C.E.O of Econet Wireless. The purpose of the High Tea with Captains of Industry was to have a “key hole view” into the lives of the captains within our community. Also to understand how they did it and take a leaf from them and apply it to one’s own professional and executive lives.

Background

PROWEB has observed women are now occupying senior positions, managing companies and businesses, and entering into spaces that were previously male dominated. The Confederation of Zimbabwe conducted a gender analysis in the manufacturing sector and noted that the number of female chief executive officers had risen from 5% in 2016 to 13.45% in 2017 with about half of the female CEOs heading the country largest corporations. The study also showed that 47% of companies headed by women are classified as large that is employing 100 or more employees. Despite this, the level of participation is still very low despite women being 52 % of the population. It’s only fewer women who are breaking through and sustaining their business/ professions over a long period of time. It is against this background and many other factors that PROWEB decided to put together such a programme with the male captains of industry. The platform provided an opportunity to hear from industry leaders and answer questions about their specific industry and how they got where they are today.

Event Proceedings

The 3 captains of industry narrated their own life journey citing their most and major significant achievements. A plenary session was conducted where the women got to ask questions and share their own experiences.  Issues addressed by the captains touched on

 

  • What can we do in order to survive, as women, in these seemingly aggressive spaces?
  • The current economic environment is it posing different challenges for us as women as compared to men?

The captains noted that the environment is presenting equal opportunities for both males and females. They encouraged women to;

  1. Be goal oriented with clear targets and timelines
  2. Acquire the relevant skills needed for a particular
  3. Take advantage of opportunities and do not be afraid risk
  4. Be Confident , Assertiveness and demand your space as a woman
  5. Form partnership for joint bids/ bit bonds
  6. Establish good networks

 

In summary the Captains and PROWEB Trustees concluded by saying,

  1. “When offered a seat in a rocket, don’t ask for which seat. Just get on board” Nigel MK Chanakira
  2. “To be competent it’s not about being male or female. Get skills and commercialise on them” Casper Chigwedere.
  3. “Core-Competency is that which differentiates you from others in any environment, find it and leverage upon it” Douglas Mboweni
  4. “Women generally struggle with relationships thus they cannot build their businesses” Florence Ziumbe,( PROWEB founder)
  5. “Humility is the foundation of learning” Tendayi Mamvura, (PROWEB Trustee)
  6. “ Women are fearfully and wonderfully made and should not overlook each other” Prisca Utete, (PROWEB Trustee)(PROWEB Trustee)

 

PROWEB Facilitating Market Access for Business Women

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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;
WEBSITE: www.prowebform.com
TWITTER: Proweb2005
FACEBOOK: PROWEB
LINKEDIN: PROWEB
BLOGGER: Proweb Forum
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“Come with us and make a Difference”

Welcome: Moira Ngaru, Executive Director

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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

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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

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FAREWELL Message from past Executive Director, Sithabile Mangwengwende

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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.
Adios!!!!

Sithabile Mangwengwende (Mbuya VaSimba)

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