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
“Running a business successfully needs focused, deliberate leadership and women entrepreneurs and CEOs can lead the way in that regard through purposeful and transformational leadership.”
- Ruka Sanusi is the founder of Alldens Lane, a Ghanaian business advisory firm with a unique focus on providing coaching services to female entrepreneurs in Africa’s small and growing business sector. Ruka has two decades of international consulting experience and has worked in 16 countries across Africa in senior management positions. Ruka is passionate about supporting Africa’s female entrepreneurs and CEOs in the small and growing business sector to think strategically about their business, supporting them with strategies and techniques to create business success and achieve business growth.
"... it is important to know yourself. Understand and believe in your dreams. Give yourself room to research and plan for whatever you are dreaming of venturing into. Giving up isn’t the only way if things get tough ahead. Challenges build you up, and so does criticism. Failures make you unique, so use them and turn them into positives."
- Lilly Alfonso is a fashion designer and founder of Lilly Alfonso in Malawi, a fashion design label that has evolved over the years to become one of the top fashion labels in Malawi. Lilly founded her business in 2005 and has come a long way from using her first machine on a veranda to showcasing her unique designs on international runways. With 10 years of experience in design and manufacturing, Lilly has proven that with passion, dedication and hard work one can flourish and grow a brand of international repute.
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.