ENTREPRENEURSHIP has never been a walk in the park for women who are forced to go an extra mile for them to make it in life. Despite battling with setbacks such as male chauvinistic society to earn recognition, they also need some boost and promotion for them to realise their dreams.
And in Tanzania, there are organisations that go a long way in supporting women entrepreneurs to climb the ladder of success. One such firm is the Entrepreneur Organisation (EO) Tanzania Chapter.
The EO Tanzania Chapter President and Founding Member, Ms Alpesh Sanghvi believes that there is need for more women entrepreneurs in Tanzania and her organisation is there to ensure it becomes reality.
“Long gone are the days when women were told that they have to be good at house work,” she said, adding, “I have a daughter and I want her to be an independent woman never having to rely on someone for her well-being.
“Entrepreneurship is merely observing the shortfall in the market place or society and offering a solution that creates value for that particular area.” She was of the observation that women think differently than men; they can come up with very creative and thus innovative ideas for existing problems.
“It only remains that they need to be encouraged to take the leap into entrepreneurship. And, this is where EO Tanzania plans to shine,” insisted Sanghvi when EO Tanzania Chapter was honouring Arese Ugwu during the East African Book Tour to promote Financial Literacy for African Women.
Last month, the EO Tanzania Chapter invited Arese Ugwu a Nigerian author of ‘The Smart Money Woman”, to share her entrepreneurial journey. The organisation embraces and encourages entrepreneurs (especially female entrepreneurs) to learn from their peers locally and around the world leading to greater business success.
The event attracted entrepreneurs from the organisation and out of the organisation (men and women) united in their thirst to learn and listen to Arese’s entrepreneurial journey, but also gave her an opportunity to engage with key decision makers who will in turn influence others within their community, to gain some financial freedom through reading her book.
Arese started her entrepreneurial journey out of fear of living from paycheck to paycheck, with no enough assets to protect her financial future. The financial-chick-lit novel that has taken Africa by storm is helping young Africans discover their power to build their future and make smarter money decisions.
Through her platform, Smart Money Africa, she engages young Africans on the importance of financial literacy and the impact it has on helping them get money, keep money and grow money. Women play a key role in building the capacity of the nation through Entrepreneurs Organisations’ peerto- peer learning; members shared the personal and professional issues they face in a confidential, non-competitive environment.
They learn and grow by sharing experiences with global peers, not only by listening to advice. With speakers such as Ms Arese who has vast knowledge and experience, they were able to teach and inspire women to reach for the sky and beyond.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organisation is the only peerto- peer global network exclusively for entrepreneurs and a global business community of more than 12,000 leading entrepreneurs in 160 chapters and 50 countries.
Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. EO’s core mission is to engage leading entrepreneurs to impart knowledge for others to learn and grow.
It enriches members’ lives by providing benefits drawn from three proven principles: Peer to peer learning: Members share personal and professional issues they face in a confidential, non-competitive environment.
They learn and grow by sharing experiences with global peers, not by listening to advice only. Once in a lifetime experiences: Not only do EO members attend unique conferences in cities all over the world, but they receive exclusive access to social events, behind-the-scenes invitations and exciting networking opportunities.
Connections to experts: EO members tap into a global network of experts on an as-needed basis, drawing from the experience of others in areas including medical treatment, business and life-skills coaching. In business, as in life, integrity is everything.
Within their organisation, said Sanghvi, integrity goes deeper than just the game rules; it is their code of conduct. Confidence, respect and inclusiveness are imperatives. Non-judgment and non-solicitation are non-negotiable.
“Our most valuable asset is wisdom gained through our appetite for knowledge and the transformational experiences that we share with our peers. Thirst for learning leads to an open mind and an open mind leads to greater opportunities.