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WeConnect International- South Africa Leader Jean Chawapiwa Speaks About the Growth of Women-Owned Businesses in the Supply Chain

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Updated 10:09 AM CST, Fri, December 14,2018

The release of the Mastercard Index of Women’s Entrepreneurship (MIWE) earlier this year shows that many African countries are leading the way in women owned businesses worldwide.

Phoenix, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/14/2018 -- Kimberli Lewis provides surprising information about women owned business opportunities in Africa during her interview with Jean Chawapiwa, head of WeConnect International, South Africa. This interesting and thought- provoking interview with Ms. Chawapiwa will air on 18 December at 3:00 PT and be made available to stream after the initial air date.

In addition to serving as the head of WeConnect International, SA, the global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world, Ms. Chawapiwa is Founder and Managing Director of Win Win Solutions for Africa Consultancy and has a seat on the Junior Achievement World Wide Board. She is one of the few women in the world to have reached the top of the South African mining industry.

Ms Chawapiwa's consulting firm facilitates companies to do business in Africa through their extensive Africa networks, making her a natural choice to head the WeConnect International SA director. WeConnect International educates, trains, assesses and connects women-owned business to elevate them to be on par with their male counterparts around the world, affording them the same opportunities to do business with multinational corporations worldwide.

In this interview on Leadership Beyond Borders, Ms Chawapiwa discusses the opportunities for women owned businesses in Africa. Banks in Africa have been tapped to accelerate funding for women-owned businesses, and this will have a direct effect on the next steps for business growth, from both a supplier and a buyer side. She discusses the government's role in supporting women owned businesses and provides tips for companies to stay ahead of or adhere to the mandates.

Kimberli Lewis , aside from hosting Leadership Beyond Borders is the director of and founder of the Women's Leadership Academy 2020 , which has benefited from the participation in WeConnect International.

Ms Lewis and Ms Chawapiwa discuss the challenges of women owned business in a traditionally male-dominated space. It is understood that on a global scale, the opportunities are growing, but still many obstacles remain. The two women discuss how to proactively move forward as opposed to waiting for opportunities to present themselves.

Ms Lewis has built a loyal listenership on over the past 18 months in part due to the high-variety of informative business guests.

Leadership Beyond Borders airs every Tuesday at 3:00pm Pacific Time. The Jean Chawapiwa episode will air on 18 December on Leadership Beyond Borders on VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

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