Supporting women-led businesses in Zimbabwe | AECF

AECF has been developing programmes that help bridge the financing gap faced by women entrepreneurs in Africa. Zimbabwe-based Zvikomborero Farms and MoneyMart Finance are two of the successful women-led enterprises that have benefited from AECF funding. Dr Divine Ndhlukula acquired Zvikomborero Farms in 1992 and has transformed it to Zimbabwe’s biggest goat breeder. Founded by Ethel Mupambwa, MoneyMart Finance offers micro-loans to micro-entrepreneurs and individuals operating in the informal s

COVID-19 reinforces importance of off-grid energy as essential service | AECF

Nairobi, Kenya, 20th May 2020. There are more than 70 AECF REACT investee companies, all offering low-cost renewable energy from solar home systems, mini grids and clean cooking solutions to accelerate access to clean energy for millions of people living without access to clean energy in Africa. In April one of them, WidEnergy Africa Ltd recorded its highest sales increase to date. The results came just one month after Zambia was forced to go into semi-lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘Misconception’: graduates and Westpac’s push to change the conversation on industry’s gender diversity, opportunities

As a woman, Yanina Halets admits enrolling in a graduate program in tech at a bank – two fields traditionally dominated by men – was a little daunting. “Because I went into more of the tech side, I was apprehensive on both fronts – banking and tech,” says Halets, who’d completed a degree in organisational psychology at Macquarie University before doing Westpac’s graduate program in GroupTech in 2019. “(But) I was so excited to meet other like-minded girls that were just as passionate as I was ab

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Mile High Labs & the Frontier of CBD Processing

After creating a machine that boosts extraction of hemp into CBD oil, Mile High Labs is now working to establish the “Silicon Valley of the hemp and CBD industry.” Just three years ago, the technology and equipment didn’t exist to produce CBD at an industrial scale. If companies wanted to deliver high-quality hemp-derived CBD products to consumers around the globe, they were going to have to build that technology for themselves. Today, Colorado-based Mile High Labs have built exactly the sort

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Lights Spark Joy for Kids in the South Pacific after Scouts Team up with SolarBuddy

Scouts groups assembled 1,500 lights at the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree in Tailem Bend, South Australia, in January as part of the SolarBuddy and Scouts Australia Solar Light Challenge.The first 50 were delivered the same month to children and teenagers in two villages on Vanuatu’s main island Efate by Russell Gauld, SolarBuddy Program Coordinator, and Bobby Hale, National Manager of adventure tour company On Track Expeditions. “The children, aged between 5 and 15, were absolutely delighted

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Raising the bar for hassle-free travel with Shampoo bars

For all the joy that travelling brings, there are the little annoyances that bring even the most glamorous frequent flyers back down to earth. You know the things that we’re talking about. You excitedly arrive at an airport departure gate only to be told that your toiletries are over the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) limits, forcing you to bin them. Or, after a long flight, you’ve finally reached your destination. Your hair is dry. Your clothes and luggage are soaked – with sham

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Hemp Food Wraps: Sustainable Food Covering As A Substitute For Plastic

They didn’t want to concentrate on products she felt were already being done, like oil and protein powder. So she chose something that would stand out – hemp beeswax food wraps. Available in funky retro tie-dyed colours, they are perfect for a dinner party, you might say they really are the bees’ knees of food wraps. “We decided we wanted to have something different because we want our business to be a bit unique from everyone else, so we went ‘okay what if we dyed them and dipped them and we