Eleanor Banda: Tackling physical wellness and wealth creation

Eleanor Banda is the founder and executive director of Extreme Investments, a company that has arms in fitness and wellness; beauty and fashion and food catering. Eleanor also mentors and supports women with business startups, helps them in coordination and organisation of their businesses. She targets women in village savings and loan associations (VSLS), village…

PolyMed Sacco surplus down 41% to K40m

  PolyMed Savings and Credit Cooperative (Sacco) has posted a K40 million surplus in the year ended December 31 2018, a 41 percent drop from the previous year’s K68.7 million. Speaking during the 22nd Annual General Meeting in Blantyre on Tuesday, the Sacco’s chairperson Albu Mkomadzinja attributed the drop to a harsh business environment characterised…

Towera nyirenda: the crown of three sports

Many families have contributed so much to the joys, freedoms and successes of this country. Many more continue to fly high Malawi’s flag in the international arena. The victories wouldn’t be complete in sports, especially without highlighting Malawi’s own Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, the 31-year-old unwavering defender, whose skills have been a rock for the national netball…

Martina mchenga: winner of overseas development institute fellowship

Twenty-nine-year old economics and statistics PhD student Martina Mchenga is the winner of this year’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) international fellowship. Excited at the opportunity, Martina, states that ODI fellowship is a great opportunity for her to use technical and research skills she has gained over the years. Winners receive a two-year employment tenure in…

Women’s manifesto takes duty bearers to task

The Women’s Manifesto was launched on Thursday by women and gender players with pertinent issues that have been neglected by duty-bearers for long time. The manifesto carries priority areas affecting women such as education, health, agriculture as well governance and leadership. It also tackles women’s access to justice, social, religious and cultural issues; women’s access…

Stella Gama: bridging the gender gap in climate

 Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women. Yet their unequal participation in decision-making processes and labour markets increase inequalities and often prevents women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation. Stella Gama is one…

Preserving girls through traditions

 Girls have always been guarded by most groups of society, especially mothers. However, today, some say there is only so much one can do as some young girls go looking for men to sleep with, for incentives or not. Many beer joints have girls as young as 12, working as sex workers. Streets sprawl with…

Estelle Nuka: Life coach, consultant, author

“My life purpose is to help others live a happy, fulfilling life and grow in their spiritual, personal and economic lives,” says Estelle Nuka, life coach and founder of EWN (Estelle Wongani Nuka) Consulting and Training. She has worked with several establishments, especially in the financial sector. Today, she dedicates her life to guiding women…

Joyce Evercie Banda: Entrepreneurship for survival and empowerment

While most people depend on their jobs to sustain themselves, Joyce Evercie Banda decided she would follow her heart in entrepreneurship. Banda, 39, is the founder and director of Wijays Enterprises—a soap and detergents producer; Corporate Partnerships—a company that offers office cleaning, landscaping and interior designing. She also grows herbs and vegetables. Wijays made the…

Women candidates in NGO bootcamp

Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card) yesterday began a three-day bootcamp in Mulanje for 42 female aspirants. Card executive director Melton Luhanga said the bootcamp seeks to enhance participants’ interaction and sharing of skills on how to develop their constituencies to competitively participate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. He said: “Many women are…

Oxfam supports sitting female MPs

Oxfam on Friday drummed up support for female legislator and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje. Speaking at the event at Chinyanje Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlolo’s area in Nsanje North Constituency, Oxfam country director John Makina said the aim of rallying voters behind Chilenje was a bid to retain the…