PROWEB Women’s High Tea with Male Captains of Industry

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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.


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;
TWITTER: Proweb2005
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“Come with us and make a Difference”

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


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.

Sithabile Mangwengwende (Mbuya VaSimba)


Enhancing Employment with the Youth in mind.

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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;

Starline Mukumbachore- Assistant Sheriff, Judicial Service Commission

























Tapiwa Matibiri- Pharmacist, Avenues Clinic Pharmacy

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Tatenda Guzuzu- Consultant, Distinctive Consultancy

Kudzanai Mkwashi-Front Office Personnel, South African Airlines

Sandra Ndlovu- General Nurse, Avenues Clinic

Samkeliso Gumede- Agronomist, Spinyard Investments

PROWEB, come with us and make a difference.

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.
Verity, one of her employees and PROWEB staff at one of her business sites- Harare Polytechnic College

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.
Alice Nduna’s employees in white demonstrating the branding process to Tineyi Hungwe with Alice Nduna on the immediate right looking on

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.

Dade at her factory

Dade (centre) and her employees at the factory


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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

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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

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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!