The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says women must participate in mainstream economic activities for meaningful development in the country.
Addressing women in business at the Bulawayo Polytechnic College today, Amai Mnangagwa said mining, tourism, trade and commercial agriculture are potential areas that women can start businesses.
She said it is pleasing to note that the Ministry of Women Affairs has put in place funding for mining, specifically for women, adding that women must put to good use loans from the Women’s Microfinance Bank to ensure economic empowerment.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Sithembiso Nyoni said there is potential in the new government which is opening almost one new company every week.
She encouraged women to join the command agriculture programme and take advantage of abundant resources for economic empowerment.
Women’s Microfinance Bank CEO, Ms Mandas Marikanda said the bank offers products well packaged to suit the needs of every woman, among them personal loans, group loans and micro enterprise loans.
She emphasised the importance of ensuring that all loans are paid back.
The women in business were happy to be accorded such a rare opportunity to attend a forum that could transform their social and economic status.
More than 2000 women attended the meeting, with Sandra Ndebele lighting up the event with entertainment.