A Conversation with African Entrepreneurs

Widow’s Might:  Dr. Victoria Kisyombe, Founder and CEO of SELFINA

Also meet Ms. Joyce Mbwette, Founder of Footloose and Ms. Sabetha Mwambenja, Founder of Covenant Bank for Tanzanian Women

Friday, June 20 11:30am-1:00pm
US. Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs

2121 Virginia Ave. NW

Meet Vital Voices Global Leadership Award Honoree for Economic Empowerment, Global Leadership Award Honoree for Economic Empowerment,Dr. Victoria Kisyombe.  As a widow trying to create her own economic future, and knowing that other Tanzanian women struggle to earn a living without property, collateral or credit of their own, Victoria Kisyombe redesigned the traditional model of micro-finance to work for Tanzania. She created SELFINA and started leasing productive assets to women. Twelve years later, she has provided 25,000 leases to women, USD $16 million in credit, impacted more than 200,000 people and created 125,000 jobs. For her efforts she is being honored with the 2014 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for Economic Empowerment  .

Victoria is also joined here in DC by two others who have been part of her journey. Joyce Mbwette is an entrepreneur and founder of Footloose Tanzania, and is a beneficiary of SELFINA.Sabetha Mwambenja is co-founder and Managing Director of Covenant Bank for Women (Tanzania), one of the few banks in East Africa with unique financial products addressing and focusing on SMEs, Women, Junior and Micro entrepreneurs with a view to promote change in the financial sector. Covenant Bank is  a partner of SELFINA and works with women who graduate from mico-leasing into commercial lending for further business growth.

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