A humble idea born out of the wish to appreciate women entrepreneurs by Women in Business Association (WIBA) finally paid off on Sunday as close to 10 women won big and walked home with befitting prizes to show for their efforts.
The awards, which were divided into six categories, were open to all women entrepreneurs nationwide and were the first of its kind to be staged in Botswana.
The biggest winners of the night were Pinkie Setlalekgosi and Michelle Gabriel of Sprint Couriers, who scooped the Business Women of the Year Award and walked away with P50 000 worth of cash from Stanbic bank and jewellery worth P50 000 from Debswana. The two were also awarded P150, 000 worth of radio airtime, courtesy of Yarona FM and two return tickets courtesy of Air Botswana.
The Innovator of the Year award which recognised unique products, services or business models developed by female led organisations to resolve market needs was scoped by One Modisane of Young Chefs Academy. Modisane also scooped the Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year award. This category recognized the achievements of female entrepreneurs under the age of 35.
The Inspirational Woman of the Year award was scooped by Obakeng Lebang of Living Guest House in Mogoditshane. This category sought to recognise women who began humbly and conquered many challenges whilst remaining steadfast in their area of specialisation.
Social Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Susan Farmer for her business; Farmers’ Natural Produce, the award targeted entrepreneur who had encouraged participation of community members, especially women in empowering themselves
Julia Ramanteba and Rolang Mpe of Engen Filling Station in Lobatse scooped the Female Collaboration Award. This award recognised 100% female shareholders whose collaboration has yielded positive results, thus having their business recognised as a key market player.
The Informal Business Woman Award was scooped by Mary Israel of Mary’s nursery. This award sought to celebrate women who started with little or no formal business or educational background and have managed to sustain themselves through growth in the trade of informal business.
The winners all walked away with P10,000.00 cash prizes, courtesy of Village Imaging, one-year business insurance cover, courtesy of Zurich Insurance, training: one business short course of choice, courtesy of BaIsago University and on top of everything the young business woman of the year won herself P150,000 worth of radio airtime, courtesy of Yarona FM.