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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"Innovation is simply finding better ways to do things. Don't stress about tech, use what you have to improve lives – that is real innovation.”
- Judith Owigar is co-founder and executive director of Akirachix, an organisation centred around building, supporting, and inspiring African women in technology. Judith is passionate about all things women and all things tech. She believes that exposure, education and use of technology can increase the quality of life and as such change the world. Apart from Akirachix, Judith is the founder of JuaKali, an online micro jobs site for skilled manual workers. Through the Akirachix activities she seeks to increase the number of women who are creators of technological solutions and in effect change the perception of women in technology.
Never give up....
"Never give up, remain focused, seek support from like minded people, and never look back."
- Lucy Kapkirwok is a social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Sanpad Products in Kenya. SANPAD is a sanitary pad-pant business, an innovative low cost initiative aimed at manufacturing affordable and accessible sanitary pads cum pants to address the needs of women and girls in resource poor settings. Lucy is committed to improving the lives of women and young girls in Africa, especially those from poor communities.
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.
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
On Friday last week, the 4th symposium on financial inclusion took place in the Rwandan capital Kigali, with a goal to enhance financial sector performance globally, particularly in developing countries. More than 300 participants attended the event, together with an influential panel of speakers which included Jennifer Riria, founder and CEO of Kenya Women Holdings, Monique Nsanzabaganwa, deputy governor at National Bank of Rwanda; and Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. On the agenda were discussions to tackle such questions as to why women disproportionately face financial access barriers that prevent them from participating in the economy and from improving their lives. The consensus seemed to point to the fact that strong commitment is needed among African governments to promote financial inclusion for women to help achieve gender equity and poverty reduction, and to remove existing barriers. Experts at the meeting argued that investing in women should be a shared priority across public and private sector stakeholders given the economic and civic implications of female participation in the formal financial ecosystem.