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Network for Entrepreneurial Women, a grouping of business women in Blantyre, plans to implement a number of activities to increase the presence and growth of female owned business ventures.

The group says the absence of platforms where women can share ideas on best practices for running businesses has contributed to the slow development of enterprises overseen by women.

The group met on Friday for an entrepreneurial talk at the Hub in Blantyre and Women in Business, Publicist, Dineo Mkwezalamba, said despite their efforts, women in the country are failing to breakthrough on the market.

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“We want to link the woman farmer from the village and the market vendors to the processors as most women are in agro processing. The chain will provide a leeway to the farmer in terms of market.

“Apart from that, we would also like to see the woman vendor improve her business in terms of both quality and market presence,” said Mkwezalamba.

Nkombeza Foods Managing Director, Dingase Tewete, described the meeting as an eye opener for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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She said most women have good business ideas but they fail to make it because they are afraid to take a risk.

“We need to change our mindset. As women, we need to take risks and be innovative. By attending such meetings, as women we are able to share ideas and opportunities. Starting up a business does not require huge capital,” said Tewete.

Another participant, Vanessa Msona, said while the process of setting starting up a business is a challenge, women need to be unique and not imitate others

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