You need your people onside to succeed....
Lionesses of Africa’s key focus for 2019 on celebrating and acknowledging the power of Africa’s women entrepreneurs to create much needed jobs, continued and was the key topic for discussion at the 3rd Lioness Lean In Event in Cote d’Ivoire on 29 March. Women entrepreneurs who were looking to take their businesses to the next level and be the next job creators in the country, gathered in the city of Abidjan for a morning of sharing, inspiring and connecting for greater business success. The much-anticipated event was again hosted by Lionesses of Africa in partnership with Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas.Read More
As the founder of Mogul, Tiffany Pham created a global technology and media empire by the age of twenty-seven and is living proof that the old rules of success no longer apply. In her book, You Are A Mogul, Tiffany writes the new rules for following your passions and forging your own path in an age of change and disruption.Read More
Two women-founded production companies in South Africa and Namibia celebrating the power of collaborative storytelling
Today, everyone knows the phrase ‘Content is King’, but creating really world-class content that consumers want to take time out of their busy working and personal lives to enjoy is tough. However, two women entrepreneur-led businesses are proving that collaboration can make really powerful content happen, and at scale, by harnessing the power of traditional and digital screens to reach audiences. Monalisa Productions in South Africa and Dark Crown Productions in Namibia are two businesses who are proof positive of going further, together.Read More
Serial entrepreneur Mavis Nduchwa, founder of the successful agribusiness Chabana Farms in Botswana, is making news again this month with her launch of the first honey processing factory in the country. Her new business venture will be processing and packaging various types of honey including the rare white honey, yellow honey, as well as the black honey. Currently, the business is supplying honey to Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia.Read More
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by Nereyda Ah Hoy, writer, author and founder of Indika platform and digital magazine
Nestes tempos de transformações intensas, não só à nossa volta, mas acima de tudo, a nível do nosso mundo interior, o facto de sentirmo-nos muitas vezes perdidas, desorientadas e desmotivados, é um sinal de que cada vez mais devemos perceber se o caminho que estamos a percorrer é o caminho que devíamos estar a seguir.
In these times of intense transformation, not only around us, but above all at the level of our inner world, the fact that we often feel lost, disoriented and unmotivated is a sign that we must change. The way we are going is the way we should be following. It's pointless to run and want to be perfect when, inside, we die a little, every day.Read More
by Lori Milner, By Lori Milner, author, entrepreneur, thought leader, and founder of Beyond the Dress
In a nutshell, our personal brand is how we show up in other people’s minds. We tend to only think of dress or body language as a key indicator of how we come across. This is only a tiny piece of the personal brand pie. Our virtual brand is about how we represent ourselves across all the channels and touch points we utilise, including social media, email, WhatsApp, text and phone calls.Read More
There is a long tradition of hat wearing for special occasions in Africa. And in Mozambique, one talented woman entrepreneur is taking this art form to a whole new design level, and building a wonderful niche business too. Epifania Stella Ernesto Gove, founder of Pifa Gove Millinery, is turning heads and winning fans with her extraordinarily beautiful millinery creations, all proudly made in Mozambique.Read More
Many companies experience challenges when it comes to ensuring maximum productivity levels, from both people and processes, but in South Africa one woman entrepreneur has the solution. Ncebakazi Nompula, founder of GEE Solutions, knows how to make organisations work smarter, not harder, to get productivity levels up.Read More
“Do not stop - envision yourself where you want to be. Pack only of the best ingredients, and never fear the mountain.”
Nira Sklair, founder of Nira Sklair Photography (South Africa)Read More
Know what your passion and purpose is....
"The first question to be able to ask yourself and have an answer to is: 'What is my purpose?' For as long as you are alive, you were created for a purpose to better the lives of others – it’s not about you. Women were created to 'birth' life and that is not restricted to human life. It means women have the creative and multiplying power to push boundaries with strength, resilience and focus in any area of business, communities and any sphere of influence they are assigned to. So – for you to get to the next level - know what your passion and purpose is and never give up!"
Rose Sibisi, creator and host of StylewithRoseS (Zambia)Read More
"My greatest satisfaction is being able to provide jobs for other people."
Phindi Msomi, founder of Olwazini Consulting Services (South Africa)Read More
“You don't need a loan - don't take one, if you can manage it. Start small on the side of whatever you currently do, and allow the sideline to grow to a point where it can sustain itself and later, sustain you. It is a good idea to carefully plan this route - any business takes a good few years to get onto its feet and be able to pay you a salary. Don't expect miracles, it’s many man hours and much trial and error.”
Melanie Finch Keshwar & Ann Finch, co-founders of The Chocolatiers (South Africa)Read More
"Do your homework and plan your startup journey in bite sizes; many small steps keep one motivated. Talk to strangers and connect; the true magic happens in the connections you make with others. Write things down; ideas, dates, deadlines, everything! We need to keep organized and cannot afford to forget a thing."
Carrie Leaver, co-founder of Stoep Startup Co-Working & Stay (South Africa)Read More
You must have a never-say-die attitude....