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Howick women in business mentorship programme lifts off

The LIFT programme in conjunction with Love Howick Dream Centre kicks off. Picture: Supplied

In an eight-week programme, local and national business leaders will partner with eight women entrepreneurs from Howick, KZN, and guide them through unique discussions aimed at dramatically building confidence, identifying their unique strengths and honing their business visions.

The Dream Centre in Howick is excited to be partnering the various entrepreneurship programmes offered at the Love Howick Dream Centre with the expertise and passion of the Women in Business Organisation and its business leaders through the LIFT programme. This is an initiative with the potential to transform lives.

“We anticipate that the programme will not only deliver top quality knowledge to our young lady entrepreneurs, but provide a safe environment for encouragement, skills transfer and growth,” said Love Howick.

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A group of business leaders from all over South Africa met in person and online, on Tuesday, September 8 2020, to meet their mentees and kick-start the programme. “The excitement in the room was tangible and we look forward to the impact this pilot programme will have on our future women leaders,” the organisation said.

The LIFT programme provides the potential to change lives through building confidence, capacity and skills, instilling belief in the aspiring women business leaders. File pic: @wocintechchat on Unsplash.

South Africa has seen a steady rise of unemployment, especially among youth over the last few years, with forecasted figures for December 2020 being 35.3%. The unofficial toll is believed to be even higher.

Add a global pandemic, wide-scale recession and deeply entrenched history of poverty to the mix and you could start to get overwhelmed by despair.

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But there is hope! Research suggests that the biggest inputs needed to break the poverty cycle and start addressing the large-scale economic imbalances in SA, hinges on education and skills development; access to a network of support, connections and mentors; and assistance with sustainable capital funding for small scale start-ups.

The key is in identifying and helping to grow entrepreneurs with the drive to succeed and future business leaders, and linking them with business opportunities.

For more information on how to get involved in this life-changing programme, email info@lovehowick.com or visit the website at www.lovehowick.com

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