Entrepreneurs feel positive about the TTPWA empowerment forum
Taita Taveta entrepreneurs have appreciated the platform offered by Taita Taveta Professional Women Association on 14th September 2019 to showcase their products.
Speaking after the women empowerment forum, they said the event gave them an opportunity to advertise, network, showcase and sell their products.
“Its a week since I bought my stock, this is my first event and I have been able to achieve a lot. I have got people who want to partner with me, get bulk shoes to brand them with jewels. I am grateful to the professional women for this chance,” said Maghuwa Zawadi the business development manager of Ubuntu.
Forever Living products who venture in health and beauty products noted that the event was a success.
“We are new in Voi , through today’s event we have created new networks and exchanged ideas, we are looking forward to better days in business. I have been motivated, I also want to be part of the professional women forum to empower others, ” said Frida Kavwele the promoter.
Evangeline Chao a founding member of the Kariuki Chao Limited who creates gem arts said she got an opportunity to exhibit their products made from gemstones which can’t be faceted.
” gem arts replace paintings with different shades of colored gemstones. We noted that 98% of what Artisan miners mine can’t be purchased at a good price, so we purchase this from them to make our art. 10% of every art sold goes back to the community to support a child’s education and improve the living conditions of the Artisans and small scale miners through our Gem Arts for Africa Initiative, ” said Evangeline Chao.
In their remarks, Cholo Arts brothers who were showcasing artwork said through the event, they have created new linkages and got pledges. Their artworks range from beaded work, coffee table making using old tires, flower vase using old towels, interior and exterior decor, training and printing.
The professional women association committee noted that they wanted to motivate all women and youth at the grassroots and give them an opportunity to meet the dignitaries gracing the occasion.
According to the Chair lady Mchikirwa Ndelejai, the main aim of the association was to break the stereotype that professional women are only those in white collar jobs.
“There are entrepreneurs who already had merchandise but lacked a platform to showcase while there are customers who wanted a certain product but didn’t know where to get it in the market. Apart from linking the buyer and the seller this also gave entrepreneurs instant feedback and encouraged those who had ideas to implement them, ” noted Jackline Mnjala the treasurer.
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