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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

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.
Adios!!!!

Sithabile Mangwengwende (Mbuya VaSimba)

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

 

PROWEB Business Women’s Graduation Ceremony (2015)

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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.

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