Standard Bank hosts women entrepreneurs


Standard Bank Malawi in conjunction with Lioness of Africa Lean organised a networking luncheon for female -entrepreneurs to share skills to advance female owned businesses.

Founder and CEO of Lioness of Africa Melanie Hawken said she conceived the idea to establish the Lioness of Africa Foundation on her 50th birthday to impact lives in Africa and beyond.

“As women entrepreneurs, we all need inspiration as we embark on our very personal business and brand building journeys, and where better to get that inspiration than from other women entrepreneurs who have achieved success,” Hawken said.


Hawken, who authored “Lioness of Africa”, also said that the foundation now has over 360,000 women who have benefitted from exposure to business skills to help advance their businesses.

The event was co-hosted by Margret Kubwalo-Chaika, Head of Personal and Business at Banking Standard Bank Malawi. Kubwalo-Chaika expressed the bank’s desire to assist women in making the best decision when it comes to making investment choices.

“Untold power can be released when women entrepreneurs collaborate. Such power can spur the growth of the continent beyond any other initiative,” Kubwalo- Chaika said.


Kubwalo-Chaika stated that the biggest drawback in business is the women themselves as there is very little support that women give to each other.

She also added that men are the distractions that women need to carefully avoid in order to succeed.

One of the entrepreneurs who spoke at the event, Lee Chisale, who owns Belle of Afrique, encouraged the audience to value their business regardless of its size.

The Lioness of African Luncheon first took place in Lilongwe, where several women joined the foundation and have their work on the various platforms that Lioness of Africa has.

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