Women’s Venture Xchange – Africa
Launched at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July, the Xchange is a mentorship and exchange program for high-growth women entrepreneurs based in Africa. The pilot program gives four entrepreneurs the opportunity to spend two to four weeks in Nairobi, Kenya, beginning with Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 16, 2015. The Xchange is designed to help established women-owned businesses expand beyond the borders of their own countries. These entrepreneurs gain access to new regional markets, research and insights into best practices.
The program is being run in partnership with the Case Foundation, the Mara Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State.
Read the latest blog post about the program here and learn more about the selected participants below.
Entrepreneur Profiles and Blogs
Ntuyeko is founder and CEO of Kasole Secrets Co. Ltd., which manufactures and distributes sanitary napkins made out of bamboo. The company also informs children about menstrual hygiene and sexual education. Based out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the company currently provides sanitary napkins to 17 different regions in Tanzania and hopes to open a factory soon.
Ndlovu is founder and managing director of Nutrie Foods. Nutrie Foods produces predominantly peanut butter products, as well as small grains and dried fish. The Harare, Zimbabwe-based company employs 30 people, and Nobukhosi hopes to compare best practices with fellow agriculture entrepreneurs while in Nairobi.
Mukangoga is the founder of Haute Baso, a clothing and accessories company based in Kigali, Rwanda. The company harnesses the creative talents of women across Rwanda to design and sell unique high-end fashion items. Haute Baso will have its ecommerce business running soon, and they are hoping to open new workshops Rwanda.
Ayamba is founder and managing director of Your Choice Agro Processors based in Kampala, Uganda. Her company processes, packages and distributes soya millet, soya rice, karo, peanut butter and other food products. Products made by Your Choice Agro Processors are manufactured by a 3,000-woman co-op based in Eastern Uganda.
The Global Entrepreneurship Network has been a part of the Women’s Venture Xchange-Africa from the beginning. Follow the journey of these four women from the time their applications were accepted, through their various experiences in Nairobi.