BKCOB hosts a sem­i­nar for women

Women meet to dis­cuss var­i­ous mat­ters re­lat­ing to busi­ness

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Bor­der-Kei Cham­ber of Busi­ness (BKCOB) ad­min­is­tra­tor Adre Bar­tis hosted a Women in Busi­ness workshop which aimed to equip up­com­ing en­trepreneurs with knowl­edge on how to run prof­itable busi­nesses in the midst of the chal­lenges they faced.

The event was held at the Queens Casino Ho­tel last Wed­nes­day when women en­trepreneurs gath­ered to dis­cuss is­sues they are faced with in their jour­ney to be­come suc­cess­ful busi­ness­peo­ple.

Bar­tis in­di­cated the idea of the event came about a year ago af­ter a group of women said the cham­ber was not do­ing enough for women in busi­ness.

“I had to do some re­search and find a plat­form in which women could voice their frus­tra­tions and how they could over­come them. The cham­ber will host four such events in 2018. These plat­forms will have reg­u­lar speak­ers, but will be in­ter­ac­tive. It is not just for cham­ber mem­bers be­cause the ul­ti­mate goal is to have a strong net­work of women in busi­ness who will sup­port each other and each other’s busi­nesses.

Bar­tis said the pur­pose of the event was to give women tools to make them less in­tim­i­dated by their male coun­ter­parts and to know their worth in busi­ness. She said women needed to be able to work and sup­port each other.

The women raised var­i­ous is­sues they were faced with and what they needed as­sis­tance with in or­der for their busi­nesses to thrive.

The women said they needed busi­ness ac­quain­tances out­side of Ko­mani, ex­pe­ri­enced women in busi­ness to give talks about their own busi­nesses, in­sti­tu­tions that helped with ex­pand­ing one’s busi­ness, how to move for­ward af­ter hav­ing re­ceived fi­nan­cial sup­port, how to jug­gle be­ing a woman with­out feel­ing guilty about ne­glect­ing fam­ily time and trans­parency in the jour­ney of en­trepreneurs, among oth­ers.

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Ba­balwa Magqwanti spoke at length about the chal­lenges she faced as a woman in busi­ness and said one of her great­est ob­sta­cles were the fear of fail­ure and limited ac­cess to fund­ing.

“With all the chal­lenges that we face, I have come to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of build­ing a strong net­work of other peo­ple in busi­ness and make them your sup­port sys­tem dur­ing this jour­ney. Our own fam­i­lies can be ob­sta­cles in that they have their own ex­pec­ta­tions of what they want us to be­come. Women re­ally need to stand to­gether like the men do and sup­port each other so we can all grow and learn.”

Dr Ly­dia Jaceni, who spe­cialises in natur­o­pathic medicine, gave ad­vice about how women could nat­u­rally re­lax their bod­ies with­out putting toxic sub­stances into them. She said it was im­por­tant for women, to take care of their bod­ies, which be­gan with what they ate.

“It is im­por­tant that we ed­u­cate our­selves about the food we eat and what it does to our bod­ies so we do not eat foods that do not have any nutri­tional value. That starts with read­ing food la­bels and how one pre­pares meals, be­cause you might be proud of eat­ing veg­eta­bles which were in­cor­rectly pre­pared.”

Jaceni also em­pha­sised do­ing breath­ing exercises which she said were im­por­tant, es­pe­cially for peo­ple with anx­i­ety prob­lems.

Pic­ture: ANDISA BONANI

YOUTH TACK­LES BUSI­NESS SET­BACKS: Lo­cal en­trepreneurs who at­tended the BKCOB Women In Busi­ness workshop re­ceived flow­ers for par­tic­i­pat­ing and con­tribut­ing their knowl­edge about busi­ness to help oth­ers, with, from left Hlonipha Nyaba, Ba­balwa Magqwanti and Sanda Alam

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