Welcome to the digital home for Africa's women entrepreneurs. We're all about women entrepreneurs celebrating success, exchanging stories, connecting and networking, learning from like-minded women, and inspiring and mentoring the next generation of women-led startups in Africa. Learn more about us →
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
"Be prepared to work hard, and then some."
- Tinky Ogle is the founder of SMME News in South Africa, a free bilingual educational newspaper providing information and advice to Small, Medium and Micro-Enterprises (SMME) sector. A passionate social change-maker, Tinky graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Social Science and today is making a difference by empowering other small businesses in local communities, giving them much needed access to information and a powerful platform to showcase their services.
Listen to our inner voice....
"My biggest piece of advice is to listen to our inner voice and do what we think is good for us. As women we tend to hear others over ourselves, but in the end during our hard times we only have ourselves left. So make sure you are not being misguided by others or letting other people's comments reduce your self-esteem. One more thing is to surround yourself with other succesful women and to find role models without necessarily trying to fit into a masculine mould."
- Christelle Kwizera is the founder of Water Access Rwanda, a social enterprise that is providing simple, affordable and durable water solutions in East Africa. Christelle is a young Rwandan activist and social entrepreneur and a Mechanical Engineer graduate from Oklahoma Christian University where she did a reserach on purifying water using ozone. Christelle works full time to promote youth-led initiatives and help fellow young people achieve their full potential. She has represented Rwandan youth at several international conference as a panelist and most recently as a speaker during the High Level Ministerial Meeting during ICFP13.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
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!
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S BEAUTY & WELLNESS ENTREPRENEURS
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Have you noticed what happens when you put enough women entrepreneurs together in a room and ask them to connect with each other to make a difference? Positive, life affirming moments take place. This was certainly the case yesterday when Lionesses of Africa held one of its Lioness Lean In Breakfast events in Durban, South Africa. We heard the inspirational startup stories of women who had overcome some of the biggest personal challenges on their journeys to building their businesses - and their fellow women entrepreneurs in the audience were there to celebrate and applaud their success. We heard emotional stories of heartbreak and resilience, of bravery and tenacity, and women were there with tissues and a shoulder to lean on, not to mention practical solutions to challenges being faced right now. Probably the biggest learning outcome from the morning was that if we are there as a support system as women entrepreneurs and reach out to help one another when the going gets tough, as it inevitably will at some stage, we are always stronger together.