VENTURES AFRICA â€“ What a year it has been! Since its launch in March,Ventures WomanÂ has shared stories of inspiring women making headway in Africaâ€™s dynamic economic environment. Despite significant economic and political upheavals in many African countries, these women, and many more unnamed, have strived, pushed and broken down barriers to succeed in many industries, particularly male-dominated industries. These pioneers have gained national and international recognition for their work and found ways to give back to their local communities, inspiring younger African women to follow in their footsteps. Looking back over the year, Ventures Africa presents Â seven of Africaâ€™s most innovative business women for the year 2012.
Founder and Managing Director of Zimbabweâ€™s first ISO certified Security CompanyÂ SECURICOÂ Divine Ndhlukula is a pioneer in the securities industry. Securico currently leads the industry in providing customised security services and electronic solutions. Divine has taken the company from a small cottage business to a $13 million business with over 3,400 employees, 900 of whom are women. She received the prestigiousÂ Legatum Africa Awards for EntrepreneurshipÂ in recognition of her outstanding work.
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
Bethlehem Tilahun AlemuÂ is the founder and Managing Director ofÂ soleRebelsÂ (Bostex PLC) here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Â The company began as a means of creating hope for impoverished Ethiopian communities. By harnessing local artisan skills and products to produce high-quality shoes that can be exported to a global market, soleRebels has created jobs and a ready market for Ethiopiaâ€™s natural resources. The young entrepreneur is gradually turning soleRebels into a globally recognised brand. Read more