Coordinator of Kgetsi ya Tsie Community Development Trust (KYTCDT), Masego Mmipi stands a chance to receive €25,000 following her nomination to be in Top 5, in the running for the 2014 Women for Change Award. Just by being nominated, Mmipi has earned herself €5,000 to further develop the Trust.
The Orange Foundation partnered with the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and Marie-Claire magazine, to create the Women for Change Award in 2013. The award recognizes humanitarian projects led by women in Africa and specifically their commitment to activities in women’s education, vocational training, entrepreneurship, healthcare and legal rights.
Five exceptional women are nominated annually from African countries where Orange is present. Out of the five; two women receive a €25,000 grant while the remaining three each receive a €5,000 grant to further develop their projects. Mmipi as the Coordinator and co-founder of KYTCDT was nominated along with other exceptional women from Cameroon, Mali, Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo.
KYTCDT is a poverty eradication initiative that aims to empower women by assisting them engage in sustainable income generating activities through the use of natural resources around them. The Trust currently has membership of 1500 women operating in 26 Tswapong Hills villages and some of the products made by these women are currently being exported the USA and Namibia. This in turn has contributed to improvement of livelihoods in the rural areas of Tswapong, allowing women to be independent and be able to take care of their families.
“The Trust empowers women by offering them training to establish small and medium enterprises. The aim is to lessen dependence on social welfare programmes by showing them that they too can do something for themselves”, said Mmipi.
“We are excited to have one of our own women honoured by being nominated for this award. This provides international exposure for the Trust and for Botswana as a country. As the Orange Foundation, we will continue to support Batswana women who are in business by availing platforms for growth as well as exposure to markets”, said Boga Chilinde Public Relations and Foundation Manager at Orange Botswana.
Masego, along with other nominees will be invited to attend the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in Deaville, France from October 15 to the 17th, 2014, where they will network with one another and other women of influence around the world.
The first winner on the €25,000 will be voted online by the public and the second winner will be selected at the Women’s Forum in October.