For Women’s Day on March 8, 2019, Kountable is highlighting these incredible women entrepreneurs who we’re honored to call our partners. Every day, these women do the impossible – balance careers with families, scale their businesses while contributing to the growth of their local economies and take risks to breaks norms. In short: they are changing this world and for the better. They are finding solutions to problems in their communities; they are writing rulebooks where there were none before. They are disrupters, game-changers, innovators and role models. Discover their stories here and their legacies in the making.
Entrepreneur: Frida Owinga
“I did a lot of professional development there that strengthened my skills around coaching, mentoring, small business management and nurturing people,” said Owinga. “Then in 2009, I started feeling that all this is great, but I think it’s needed more at home than here. I started thinking of how to come home and give back to my country.”
Entrepreneur: Venantie Mukarivuze
“I thought, why not create a small company? At least, I would make sure that quality products would be delivered. My company relies on quality and, since I am a nurse, I am demanding it.”
Entrepreneur: Angeline Wibabara
Excerpt: Angeline Wibabara’s Kigali-based company ATIC is both an agritech company and a consultancy, and currently works in four Rwandan provinces. Their beekeeping business is special to Ms. Wibabara, a former government worker who aims to build a successful, profitable business and also empower others to create viable businesses of their own.
Entrepreneur: Caroline Mukiri Kiambi
Quote: “We are a service-oriented company,” says Caroline Mukiri Kiambi, who is among Petoma’s directors as well as its chief administrator. “We supply end-to-end solutions to clients, meaning we can do design; we do design of buildings, design of roads, design of structures like warehouses, community-based projects like churches [and] schools. Our products are basically services; we offer services in the construction industry.”