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Over 100 women entrepreneurs celebrate graduation milestone

As these women entrepreneurs set forth to conquer new frontiers, they carry with them the torch of inspiration, illuminating paths for generations of aspiring entrepreneurs to follow.

In a remarkable display of female empowerment and business acumen, over 100 aspiring women entrepreneurs gathered to mark a significant milestone in their journeys at a grand graduation ceremony.

Hosted at the Regenesys Business School Campus in Sandton, the event showcased the remarkable achievements and resilience of these pioneering women in the competitive world of entrepreneurship.

Guests entertained by traditional dance group. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

Amid a backdrop of applause and cheers, each graduate received their well-deserved certificates from the Graça Machel Trust symbolising not only their completion of an intensive entrepreneurial training programme of the Women Creating Wealth but also their commitment to breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings.

Keynote speaker Korkor Kudjoe, the trust’s senior entrepreneurship manager, said, “The Women Creating Wealth (WCW) programme is a flagship entrepreneurship initiative of the Graça Machel Trust (GMT).”

Shiphra Chisha, the director of the programme. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

She added that over 2 500 women entrepreneurs are currently participating in seven countries across the continent, and this programme is set apart from others by offering a unique combination of personal mastery and technical business skills, including investor readiness, and enabling access to markets.

Patience and Mpumi Edward. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

“Today, we look forward to acknowledging and celebrating the fantastic entrepreneurs we have been working with over the past year.”

Itumelneg Molea and Enathi Singqumba. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

Kudjoe explained that working with women entrepreneurs in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, the programme’s goal is to support entrepreneurs who are willing to learn and grow with the right skills and growth mindset to develop a compelling business case, attract investors, and scale their business so that they start creating wealth.

NAME??? The CEO of the Regenesys Business School addresses the attendees. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

“We have found that women entrepreneurs face common challenges such as a lack of access to finance to scale their businesses and a lack of understanding of the market. Our mission is to tackle these issues head-on and support women entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.”

Cleopatra Ntshingila and Bonolo Shiceka. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

Founder of the trust and broad chairperson, Graça Machel, said, “As the graduates embark on the next chapter of their entrepreneurial journeys, armed with newfound skills, networks, and confidence, they carry with them the collective hope and determination to leave an indelible mark on the world.”

Founder of the trust and broad chairperson, Graça Machel congratulates the graduates. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

Machel emphasised that this graduation ceremony not only celebrates their accomplishments but heralds the beginning of a new era of female-led innovation and empowerment.

Group photo of the graduates and their mentors. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

“Congratulations, graduates, the world is yours for the taking. Go forth and conquer it with the same grace, determination, and fearlessness that have brought you to this momentous day. And may your journey be filled with endless possibilities and boundless success.”

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