Last weekend was a historical and busy one, especially for Kenya and the African women who got to shake the hands of the most powerful man on earth, President Barrack Obama.
All this happened at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi, where Leap [Namibia]’s managing director, Ally Angula, walked home with the best woman-owned business accolade at the Youth + Women pitch competition!
In the meantime…
If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers
President Obama said lots of things that left every keen observer of the GES 2015 with food for thought. Most important was the emphasis on encouraging women entrepreneurs in Africa and the youth of the world to become the next generations big shots in every sphere of life.
That got me thinking of MVA Fund (Namibia) and what it’s doing for its female employees. Truth is, every organization should – if not entirely mandated – do whatever it can in its power to motivate, encourage and build its staff. And that’s awesome! T!he problem, oftentimes, is not because they don’t do it, but because they “apparently” do it.
Yeah, the quotes in apparently were intentional, because most organizations today feed the public in general and clients in particular bollocks about how they care for their workforce and how they have this and that program to professionally grow its employees but nobody ever comes out to testify that they’re a product of such programs.
Point is; there are organizations that actually do something. I’m talking about the Motor Vehicle Fund (MVA) Namibia whose three month-old baby (a women’s networking program) is about to walk!
Launched in mid-April this year by Reverend Nangula Kathindi, the network was established for the MVA Fund female employees to draw inspiration for growth from the different industry motivators in diverse areas of their lives – whether regarding finances, spiritual or professional growth.
MVA Fund’s 65% of its total workforce is female. Now what was that about the 50/50 employment rate government is striving towards, again? MVA Fund’s past that. Commendable!
So to ensure the goal of this program – and I hope other local organizations pay attention here so they can emulate MVA Fund – the ladies of the Fund will meet (at the office premises) every now and then to discuss pressing matters that affect their day-to-day life. During the meetings, a guest speaker from a relevant industry will be invited to give a word on a previously determined topic of interest.
You must wonder how far this will go, but here’s the thing; the network is fairly new and currently only involves the MVA Fund female employees. Hopefully in the not-so-far future, MVA Fund will welcome other female professionals from other organizations, across the board, into its circle.
The above suggestion could only work if the network reaches its current goal; to encourage all the ladies of the Fund to reach their optimum best through a diverse range of professional input from gurus such as career counsellors who would empower them with the right mental tools of growth.
But knowing what a driven and ambitious person the MVA Fund CEO, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku whose brainchild the network is, it is envisioned to be in existence for the long haul. She’s a hard worker, she’s humble and oh-so giving. That’s why it is easy to understand why through the network, the ladies of the MVA Fund are encouraged to donate items such as sanitary towels (among other things) to the girl-child project.
Like I said, Ms. Rosalia is a very charitable human being and since she’s at the helm of this, it is sure to extend into more charitable projects once in full force.