Each month we want to take a moment to celebrate the brilliant entrepreneurs we work with across the globe. This week we’re sharing the story of Hlengiwe Alicia Ncube from Zimbabwe.
The Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa and Virgin Unite are working in partnership with PROWEB to deliver an exciting training and mentoring programme to a group of inspirational entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.
The group includes 60 entrepreneurs from across Harare and Bulawayo. As well as receiving a signature week-long foundation and advanced entrepreneurship training course from the BCOE, every entrepreneur is assigned a mentor to support their journey.
Virgin Unite is proud to be working in Zimbabwe, as it’s a challenging environment for any entrepreneur – but this only means the impact can be even greater.
We caught up with Hlengiwe Alicia Ncube, one of the entrepreneurs taking part in the programme. Alicia runs a linen wholesale company called Morgan’s Wholesale Linens, which manufactures and distributes uniforms to a wide range of clients across Zimbabwe, including hotels, mines and schools. She attended her first set of Branson Centre trainings in December and was matched to her mentor in February.
Alicia said, “The training and mentorship support has certainly been a major turning point for the business. The knowledge and support gained, has resulted in small but significant results for the business.”
As well as helping Alicia to think through her advertising strategy and gain confidence with tax compliance, the programme has helped her to think about putting people and planet alongside profit.
She added, “It has provided a better understanding of how a business should operate and the importance of entrepreneurship in contributing to the community.”
Alicia’s business has also played a significant role in supporting the growth of other smaller businesses operating locally – a development she feels is a direct result of Virgin Unite, the Branson Centre and the PROWEB programme.
We’ll be following more inspirational entrepreneurs as our work with PROWEB continues throughout this year and next, inviting you to learn more. While you're here, why not read about our recent visit to Zimbabwe.
You can also help us help more people like Alicia by donating.