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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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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"When you have the interests of people at heart, you can do anything."
- Lydie Hakizimana is co-founder and Managing Director of Drakkar Limited, a specialist reseller and distributor of educational textbooks. It all started back in 2006 when this avid bookworm decided to follow her passion and opened a small bookshop. Before long, her entrepreneurial instincts had her developing relationships with numerous publishing companies. Today, Lydie manages 45 employees and thirty part-time distributors covering the five provinces of Rwanda, with exclusive distributor deals with Longman, Heinemann, Penguin and Pearson.
Filter the noise....
"Do not second guess your capabilities. Believe in yourself and do not listen to background noise. Fear of the unknown is never from you, but those around you. Filter the noise, brush the dirt off your shoulders, and move on."
- Michelle Ntalami is the founder of Marini Naturals Kenya, a company that produces 100% natural and organic quality hair-care products, afro wigs and accessories for all natural-haired beauties. Michelle called her company "Marini Naturals" as it is a Swahili word for "Naturally Beautiful" or "Naturally Charming," just like a natural-haired woman, and just like her products. She is naturally a creative and artistic person and has a background in creative design, previously having worked with companies such as Safaricom, Coca Cola , and ScanGroup.
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 ECO-WARRIORS
FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'
MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Earlier this month, researchers from 12 countries attended the annual Diana Project International Research Conference, dedicated to advancing the understanding of women entrepreneurs and their businesses. At this year’s event, the focus was on two themes: gender and family business, and gender and innovation. One of the recurring questions at the conference concerned the definition of success for women entrepreneurs, and whether it makes sense to use strictly economic measures such as revenue growth or job creation, or whether there is indeed a need to expand traditional thinking around this issue. For instance: If a woman organises her business to focus at least as much on growing a successful family as growing a larger business – is that success? If a woman really enjoys performing the work of the business – delivering the product or service herself and choosing not to become an employer – is that a successful entrepreneurial outcome? Additionally, if a woman’s aspirations are to grow a much larger company, does she have access to the resources, particularly those of capital and network, to build that type of company successfully? Often, the definitions of success are based on very traditional building blocks, and yet in the women’s entrepreneurship space, there are very personal decisions being made on how women are choosing to design and integrate their entrepreneurial and personal lives.
THE BOOK PROJECT
Lionesses of Africa is a celebration of some of the most inspirational women entrepreneurs on the African continent, each with a unique story to tell and experiences to share. Some of these 'lionesses' are well known, instantly recognisable names and brands in the world of business and industry in Africa and globally. Others may not be household names yet, but are equally an inspiration due to their stories, their tenacity, their imagination, their triumph over adversity, and the indelible mark they have made in the world of business and social entrepreneurship. Lionesses of Africa is being written to recognise and applaud each of these women entrepreneurs on the continent, to celebrate their achievements, and to inspire new generations of future women entrepreneurs in Africa.
Lionesses of Africa is due to be published in 2016 - watch this space for more details.......