UNITED Kingdom-based Zimbabwean entrepreneur, Maureen Mbondiah Mandipaza will tomorrow host a business breakfast conference in Harare to raise funds to initiate start-up projects for underprivileged aspiring entrepreneurs.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Mandipaza, who is the founder of Womanhood Global (UK), recently hosted another event in the UK, which raised funds for the purchase of sewing machines to be handed to over to women in rural areas to enable them to be self-sufficient.
Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Mandipaza said the first edition of the conference was open to women already in business and those aspiring to be entrepreneurs.
“The Womanhood Global United Kingdom organisation, founded on principles to empower, educate and equip women from disadvantaged communities, especially rural areas, will be hosting its inaugural business conference to fundraise and help disadvantaged women to start their business,” she said.
“For this conference, we have invited influential international speakers, who will be joined by women in business here in Zimbabwe. I believe if we come together as women, we can be able to equip and help each other grow in our business.
“This will also be an opportunity to bridge relationships and provide a networking opportunity for local and international businesswomen.”
Speakers at the conference include Tendayi Ndoro, a UK-based financial strategist and author, Winfit Services director Florence Chaurura and Prophetess Collette Williams of Eternal Freedom Ministries International.
Mandipaza said apart from fundraising for the underprivileged, the conference was also a platform for women in business to network and share ideas on how they could support the disadvantaged.
“I believe that women in business can change the community for the disadvantaged women’s lives,” she said.
“We are the ones who can equip them. So if we do not create these links so that we allow our businesses to grow, then we cannot empower other women and they will continue to rely on handouts,” she said.
Mandipaza said the sewing machines would be distributed to women in rural areas throughout the country.