From UN Women
“Most mining companies, government and big businesses do not procure from local women-owned businesses. Yet, I resigned from a well-paying job to create a private business in steel and metal manufacturing. I’ve hired four women in my company so far and I want to create more jobs for rural youth and women.
Our old business model involved manual bending and twisting of metals, which delayed production, and we didn’t engage all employees on new product developments. At the Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractive Industries organized by UN Women, I was inspired to change my operating model. I learned about the latest technologies and trends for increasing productivity and maintaining a sustainable and profitable business, and I now fully involve staff in business decisions. As a result, I’ve managed to reduce our operational costs by 20 per cent, I’ve expanded my markets and increased my income in a span of only six months.