Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Network has been recognised for qualifying as a top gender empowerment organisation. The award was made by the Top Women in Business & Government publication which recognises those companies demonstrating the greatest commitment to – and achievement in – workplace equality.
“We feel honoured,” said Lillian Masebenza, Founding Director of Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Network, on being recognised as a leader among gender-empowered businesses. “To us it is very important to empower women so that they can improve their livelihoods. For this they need self-esteem which comes about from coaching and mentoring,” she said.
Mhani Gingi is dedicated to helping women and youth to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves. To achieve this Mhani Gingi delivers tailor-made training solutions and provides mentoring and support that enables women and youth to engage in income-generating activities and create viable businesses through social entrepreneurship.
The 2016 Top Women in Business and Government survey researched more than 7 000 companies in South Africa to prepare a ranking and benchmarking report. A little over a quarter of the companies qualified against the criteria.
Gender equality is good for business
“Compelling research supports the idea that the employment and empowerment of wom(e)n in any business is beneficial for that organisation,” said Top Women in Business and Government on announcing the awards.
Lillian Masabenza wins another award!
Lillian Masebenza, Founding Director of Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurial Networks, has won two awards in the 2015 Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards made by CEO Communications. The awards recognises titans on the continent for the meaningful contribution they have made in their industry and the positive impact this has had on their country.
Lillian was announced Winner for South Africa and Regional Winner for the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region in the category of Education & Training: Private at a function in Johannesburg on July 28 2015.
As a social entrepreneur, Lillian facilitates tailor-made skills training to empower women and youth to perfect to competitive levels their products and services in the market place. She then links them to funding and marketing opportunities. Lillian’s holistic approach and the business model she has developed not only addresses economic issues but education, health, human rights and gender equality, while also promoting self-esteem and social cohesion.