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: 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.”
Everyone has suddenly become much more aware of the very real role that functioning supply chains play in our quality of life, as individuals and societies, and that broken supply chains can, in fact, cost lives. The question of the day, month and year is, how do we fix them, and quickly? With a bit of support, SMEs can be a big part of the solution.