Young free enterprise pundit for youth, women empowerment

Award-winning free enterprise enthusiast Tinotenda Pasi is using her skills to raise funds to promote women’s and youth empowerment initiatives that target survivors of gender-based violence and provide them with sound business opportunities to sustain their livelihoods.

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“I have a special interest in women’s issues with a particular focus on gender based violence as well the empowerment of young people through access to educational services,” says Tino. In 2014, Tino will spend six weeks in the U.S. as part of the Washington Fellowship, part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.

She will take courses in civic leadership at Arizona State University in Phoenix where she hopes to “tap into the various models that I can replicate back home towards the eradication of gender-based violence and the provision of educational services for high density youth.”

Growing up in the high density suburb of Chitungwiza, Tino was exposed to gender-based violence and struggled to find the funds needed to pursue her studies. Her excellent academic record opened doors for her. “It was through the J.F Kapnek Trust scholarship scheme that I was awarded an opportunity to pursue my studies and to be where I am today,” she says.

She developed her growing passion by participating in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization as a fellow, where she received various honors at SIFE World Cup competitions for her passion for community development through business. These include the Medal of Honor in France (2006), USA (2007) and Singapore (2008).

She believes that programs such as the Washington Fellowship provide a platform to share best practices on resolving pressing issues across continents.

“I believe development is a collective effort and that the individual efforts of young Zimbabwean leaders in their respective fields all contribute to that collective effort,” she says.

Upon her return from the U.S., Tinotenda has set her sights on establishing the Hope Foundation, an organization which will target women and youth. She imagines two key programs. “The youth component seeks to award educational opportunities to young people from high density suburbs through the provision of scholarships, career guidance and mentoring,” she says.

The other program will focus on gender-based violence, working with survivors of gender-based violence to develop their entrepreneurial skills so they become self-sufficient and lead decent lives.

Tinotenda is currently employed by a youth economic empowerment organization, PaNhari, where as a Resource Development Officer her responsibilities include fundraising. Her notable achievements include raising nearly $400,000 from the MasterCard Foundation.

She has previously worked as an economist with the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre & Network (ZWRCN), where she specialized in gender responsive budgeting and policy analysis. Prior to that, she worked as a Business Development Associate in the Investment Banking Sector with Fin360 Research & Advisory.

Her primary role was in market research, financial product development and marketing.

BACKGROUND ON THE YALI WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP

• Watch the video message from President Obama encouraging young African leaders to join the YALI Network.

• For more information on YALI go to http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/yali/
• For more information on the Washington Fellowship, including video of President Obama’s announcement of the program go to http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellows/

17 Comments

  1. Hausi hama yeuya wekuZIMRA here?

  2. very inspirational young woman. This is what I like to see- young women working hard to make it in life. Good luck

  3. Thando Magumise

    Well done friend! You insprire us all!

  4. Well done Tino!!! What you’ve done and continue to do is really inspiring!!! No doubt you will achieve much. Continue to believe in yourself and pursue your dreams!!

    Tell Obama I said “Sei sei mdhara!!!”

  5. Rufaro Mudavanhu

    Realy inspiring stuff Tino…… God is opening doors for you my friend and using you to make a difference out there. …. really happy for you, well done!

  6. Well done Tino, this is the beginning of much greatness. I know you will make us proud without a doubt! May you continue to be an inspiration to many.

  7. Awesome we are soo proud of you Tino.

  8. You are an inspiration to all young women out there. All the best and may you continue breaking new ground:)

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  10. Congrats my sister! Keep up.

  11. well done sis! you soaring to greater heights!kip on!

  12. well done Tino. you are our pride. keep soaring high, the sky is the limit.

  13. Well done Tino. Keep at it.

  14. chana chatete

    Well odne SIFE-UZ Product… Uri kudadisa wena. Ndozvazvinoita… I believe u will go higher and higher…. I thank God for what he has done in ur life… I believe that organisation (SIFE) ignited the fire in u. Keep it burning sha…You were taught how to fish and now u are fishing.

    I am happy for you. Continue doing a great job. Thats being SIFED up for real. Ndokuti tafura ka

  15. chana chatete

    Well d0ne SIFE-UZ Product… Uri kudadisa wena. Ndozvazvinoita… I believe u will go higher and higher…. I thank God for what he has done in ur life… I believe that organisation (SIFE) ignited the fire in u. Keep it burning sha…You were taught how to fish and now u are fishing.

    I am happy for you. Continue doing a great job. Thats being SIFED up for real. Ndokuti tafura ka

  16. chana chatete

    Well done SIFE-UZ Product… Uri kudadisa wena. Ndozvazvinoita… I believe u will go higher and higher…. I thank God for what he has done in ur life… I believe that organisation (SIFE) ignited the fire in u. Keep it burning sha…You were taught how to fish and now u are fishing.

    I am happy for you. Continue doing a great job. Thats being SIFED up for real. Ndokuti tafura ka

  17. Taurai Zinyawu

    Well done Tino. We need more women like you in Zimbabwe, Africa and the rest of the World! God bless you.

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