One of the most courageous things you can do; is, identify yourself, and know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.
The Africa Women in cooperatives network aims to improve the presence of women within the cooperative sector, the strategic intervention is to reach out to as many women as possible by bringing services closer to them.
The network focus is empowering women to be able to do what they want, to be true to themselves and to maximize the opportunities in development. As women, we have appreciated the worth and each other’s worth, seek out strong women to be friendly to align themselves (Women) with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support and to enlighten by.
Ladies are competent enough to let their voice be heard. What is needed is to find a way of letting their voice to be heard, they have been quiet for such a long time either by choice or by circumstances around them.
Leah Mbilinyi, a business development director at Singo Africa Limited, is a banker who focuses on Micro-finance sector, especially in cooperatives, supporting her company vision to assure the Tanzania cooperatives and MFI in whole are well automated and improving by ensuring they comply with the standards placed to govern the sector and that they are having effective and efficient processes. As a woman, she succeeds to represent the company in various occasions and help others(Cooperatives as well as individual Institutions), she did raise her voice and is a good example to other women that they also can.
“There was no way I could let my voice be heard, but through confidence, daring and not afraid to be rejected; I found the strength in me through my Singo Africa Limited, who values and respect the policy of empowering women”
“My ambitions were clearly defined. I started by voicing out my goals and determined to work hard. I had to empower myself first in order to gain confidence, with the full support from my Company board member I succeed to get Certified in “SACCOS Management” at Moshi Cooperative University as well as in “Finance and Bank” at Tanzania Institute of Banker”
Let us find our voice ladies, stop hiding behind others, I encourage each one of you to give out opinions and decisions. It is the right time we find our voices as SACCOs and service providers in cooperatives leaders. It starts today, builds your legacy as a leader by voicing your confidence, commitments, thoughts, capabilities, opinions and answers.