The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) - an initiative for promoting the interests of African women entrepreneurs - has given recognition to Stanbic Bank (Zambia) for the latter's program in support of female business leaders.
The program, tagged 'Anakazi Banking' was launched early in 2017 to increase access for women to finance and capacity-building activities. It includes training, mentoring and networking events to build knowledge in management and access to markets, help for establishing businesses, and a general boost for Zambian women to get involved in entrepreneurship.
Says Charles Mudiwa (CEO, Stanbic Bank Zambia): “We are very much aware of the many challenges that women face, which are not just peculiar to Zambia. We partnered with the Global Banking Alliance for Women, which is the only global consortium of financial institutions dedicated to supporting banks as they capture the opportunity of the women’s market. In February, we became the first Zambian financial institution to join the Global Banking Alliance for Women and launched Anakazi Banking, which seeks to support women to excel in business.”
The country's First Lady, Esther Lungu, presented the award to Stanbic Bank at a gala dinner, held at the Intercontinental Hotel.