Group pledges scholarships for women
14 Mar 2023
New Age Arthur Group has pledged 200 scholarship for young female Batswana entrepreneurs aged 18-35 to attend a week-long training on the technicalities of business development at Boitekanelo College.
Founder and Chief Pioneer of New Age Arthur Group, Mr Kealeboga Motsumi told a one-day conference attended by entrepreneurs and company cooperates, that the event was meant to augment the mind of a female entrepreneur.
Mr Motsumi said his company, which hosted the conference, started an initiative called International Top Women Summit, under the theme: ‘Bridging the wealth gap for women in business by realising problems and creating sustainable solutions’.
He said the theme also encouraged the girl-child, young and mature women to venture into the business environment and create sustainable solutions for the challenges they encounter.
“If we empower more females, they will make a huge impact in boosting the economy, since they are the majority in the country’s population,” he said.
Mr Motsumi said after training, they would create a continuous infinity line and fashion a progressive dialogue between themselves and the trainees.
He said his own background had made him realise that young mothers, especially those who raise children alone, were disadvantaged.
Mr Motsumi said in celebrating the International Women’s day, they focused on equity, stressing ‘equity is a situation where the environment is fair for everyone’. He noted that most of mentorship programmes were ran by men, hence they were advocating for women to be included too.
Boitshwarelo Lebang-Kgetse, said at in interview that the International Top Women Summit tied very well with the International Women’s month and Botswana’s Vision 2036.
She said Botswana had sustainable development programmes to drive it to from a middle income economy to a high income one.
“We really want to see our women participating in the development of our economy, becoming real entrepreneurs who develop businesses and create jobs for others,” she said.
She further said they want women to think more about what they can bring to the economy, as opposed to what the government can do for them.
Chief Executive Office of Africa Youth Entrepreneurs Summit, Ms Lemogang Senwelo, encouraged women to attend conferences targeted at empowering them in large numbers.
She said women had more diverse duties than men, which she said gave them strong background to diversify the economy. Ends
Source : BOPA
Author : Idah Basimane
Location : GABORONE
Event : Workshop
Date : 14 Mar 2023