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It’s world customer service week and Zona has been busy!
Over the past few weeks, we at Zoona have been privileged enough to run a “Helping Communities Thrive” campaign in Lusaka, Zambia.
The campaign centered around the identification of female community heroines/entrepreneurs, with criteria stipulating that those nominated should be change agents, women who empower the community, be younger than 30 and women who have positive social impact in their communities.
We partnered with award winning Zambian social activist and Zoona community brand builder, Mwansa Bwale, who did a phenomenal job of running the campaign on the ground. The nominations came pouring in at lightning speed and the young women who were highlighted are nothing short of amazing!
A competition was run as part of the campaign, which saw community members voting on who they think deserves to win a cash prize. Three beautiful, courageous young women were the recipients of K3000 each which they will all be using to further their endeavors to help those in need. Thereafter, of the three, a final winner was chosen, who will go on to take part in skills development programs with particular emphasis on business and entrepreneurial skills.
Below are the background stories of the three winners:
Zanji is the founder of an NGO called “Ku Mwanachi” (To the woman). Ku Mwanachi equips low-income female entrepreneurs with business essentials in order to help alleviate poverty and improve the standard of living of young women and their families. Zanji will use her winnings to invest in the business essentials training facilitated by Ku Mwanachi! This will help many young women!
Thabo is an Economics degree holder and is currently pursuing ACCA. She is a clothing and jewelry designer who founded a campaign called “Who am i?”. The campaign seeks to empower young people to discover their talents and make use of them. She is seeking to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth and to help them grow into successful business people. Thabo intends to invest her winnings into the “Who am i?” campaign so that expenses can be met and more young people can be reached.
Chilufya is a law student who , at just 21 years old, has founded the “Crown of Hope” foundation which provides basic needs to underprivileged children. The foundation’s main focus is to send underprivileged children to school. Chilufya has also started a campaign called “I am more” which raises awareness around sexual abuse, rape, harassment etc and strives to empower young women through education, entrepreneurship and confidence building. Chilufya intends to use her winnings to generate even more capital which will be used to send more children to school!
We are pleased to announce that Chilufya Simwanza was selected as the overall winner after winning by a landslide! Chilufya had this to say about her win:
“I cannot express how happy I am to have won this money ..
Just last week I embarked on a project to start making reusable pads for underprivileged girls and women in prison ,after noticing how expensive the pads have become for them to afford I had so many girls volunteer to help me with the project but i only had a bit of money remaining from the last money I won.So now that I have the resources I can’t wait to start this .
Am short of words and I know none of this would be possible without God ,and the support of my friends I can brag that I have the best support system,the real definitions of friendship goals and I thank you so much for voting .
Thank you zoona and mwansa bwale for coming up with this initiative its really helping communities thrive.
I love zoona is now just not a #hashtag but a mark that has been imprinted in my heart and the hearts of so many underprivileged children and girls suffering.
This isn’t the end and I can rest assure zoona and mwansa bwale that this money will make a lasting impression.
This money will send a child to school ,this money will produce doctora,lawyers ,nurses etc and I will be there standing with them to thank you and remind you of today .
Right now there is a girl at some orphanage a girl in a village that has been missing classes every month Because she doesn’t have pads and because of you this will change today .
Thank you and God bless. #ilovezoona #helpingcommunitiesthrive”
News of the campaign was caught by media and Mwansa and the winners we featured on a radio interview on Power FM in Zambia, as well as featured in the Lusaka Times and the New Vision Newspaper. Click here to read the article: https://www.lusakatimes.com/2016/09/23/zoona-partners-award-winning-humanitarian-mwansa-bwale/
Click here to read the article: https://www.lusakatimes.com/2016/09/23/zoona-partners-award-winning-humanitarian-mwansa-bwale/