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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
“There is a link between increasing connectivity and GDP. If you increase broadband by 10%, it corresponds to 1,163% increase in GDP. Investment in connectivity is worthwhile. We've only got 15.6% penetration of the internet in Africa – there is so much more to do.”
- Juliana Rotich is a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. Juliana co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. She is also Executive Director of BRCK.org, a not for profit affiliate of BRCK Inc. for deploying reliable technology for the edges of society, and advocating for internet access and literacy. She drives partnerships for tackling social problems through connectivity and appropriate technology.
Doing what is right....
"To all social entrepreneurs who are looking to make a difference, whether they are in Africa or in the rest of the world, your work is very important. Social entrepreneurship is needed to take care of a lot of the challenges that we have in developing countries. Social entrepreneurs are patient, sensitive and they have a strong sense of doing what is right to fix the problem. So, hang in there, your work is needed."
- Chinwe Ohajuruka is the founder and CEO of Comprehensive Design Services in Nigeria. Chinwe is a US-based architect who splits her time between the US & Nigeria working on sustainable housing development projects. She is a passionate champion of green building solutions for Africa and she engineers and builds affordable green houses that are both energy and resource-efficient. Chinwe was selected as the Sub-Saharan laureate of the 2015 Cartier Women's Awards.
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
Markets may change, business models may be tweaked, but the one consistent factor in business is the need to maintain a laser focus on the things that are important to you and the future success of your business and brand. That laser focus also extends to keeping a watchful eye on developments and opportunities in the markets in which youoperate, constantly talking to current and potential customers about their needs, and being ready to respond with products and solutions that can fill a gap. A laser focus also means doing the basics right, day in day out, whilst at the same time staying connected with everyone who is part of your value chain, from your employees to your suppliers. After all, a company is only as good as its weakest link, so ensuring that everyone who is a part of your entrepreneurial journey is fully committed to the brand and the business goals, and understands their part in the company’s future success, is critical. So, no matter how many other things may have to change and pivot as your business grows, one thing that needs to remain consistent is your laser focus on the things that matter.