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JOIN OUR #LIONESSROAR CAMPAIGN
#LionessRoar 'The Voice of Africa’s Women Entrepreneurs' is Lionesses of Africa's social media campaign to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on 19 November 2016. Make sure to join this year's campaign to raise the voice of Africa's women entrepreneurs and take our message across the African continent and around the globe.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.
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LIONESS LEAN IN BREAKFAST SERIES: Events are FREE, but booking is essential. Prepare to be inspired!
INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"Live your life with an open mind, open heart, and open arms; you’ll be amazed at what gifts life has to offer.”
Farai Simoyi is the founder, Farai Inc., a sustainable and ethical lifestyle brand that focuses on people, product, and planet, founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY. This highly talented international fashion designer originally hails from Zimbabwe but now calls New York home. She was recently honored on the pages of FORBES and featured by the likes of Essence and Time Out as "Next Best Designer," Farai's purpose: "creating global fashion houses and developing emerging fashion designers."
"I’m a risk taker. I fear nothing. When I apply my mind to do something, I go for it. The worst answer I can ever get is a ‘NO,’ but NO will never kill me. I wake-up the following day and do something different. For me it is the positive attitude I have in life. It has carried me to today."
- Sibongile Sambo is a pioneering woman of South African aviation. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of SRS Aviation Ltd., the first 100 percent black, female-owned aviation services company in South Africa. Launched in 2004, SRS is an integrated provider of private aviation services offering South African and international clients professional and personalized flight options including VIP Charter, tourist charter and helicopter services, to destinations around the world. Today, the company also provides maintenance, sales and fleet management services to private jet owners.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
They say that a picture says a thousand words, and we couldn't agree more. In the world of Lionesses of Africa, we celebrate women's entrepreneurship in all its forms on the continent, and we love the powerful images that conjure up the spirit of women-led startups and the products and services they create. Each Monday to Friday, we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life of, a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
'Image of the Day Gallery' monthly eBook. Click to view.
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S WOMEN-LED ARTISAN ENTERPRISES
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
We have all heard the saying “Courage is having the heart and roar of a lion” - but for women entrepreneurs, courage comes in different forms and not necessarily with the same amount of noise. If you watch a lioness on the plains of Africa, she is quietly confident, always watching and monitoring what is happening around her, choosing her moments to hunt and strike, and her moments to nurture and inspire, having the courage to deal with adversity. It is the same with women entrepreneurs on the continent - there are often many challenges to overcome when creating businesses, or trying to break into tough markets, or dealing with entrenched attitudes towards women in society and business. Yet what is inspirational is how Africa’s women entrepreneurs demonstrate courage and a confidence each and every day - as they build their companies, create their products and service offerings, launch their brands, and find ways to positively impact society through their social entrepreneurship solutions to major challenges. Women entrepreneurs here in Africa understand that courage is not the absence of fear on our business building journeys - rather it is feeling fear, facing it, and doing it anyway.