To inspire wealth creation and promote the participation of women in the economy through advocacy, training, mentoring and linkages.
~Women Empowerment Trade Advocacy
Increased participation of women in all sectors of the economy especially those sectors dominated by men.
Adoption of specific laws that encourage women entry into business and support the sustainability of women-owned businesses
Exposing women in business to business opportunities and business growth potential.
The Women in Business Association (WIBA) Botswana was formed in 1990 through the initiative of BOCCIM and some few small-scale businesswomen.
The concern was that, although women owned business in Botswana constituted about 75% of the Small & Micro businesses, those women in business had no forum where they could meet to share ideas and to tackle those problems that are unique to women and of course that inhibit the success of their enterprises.
This is still valid today, however an improvement is acknowledged. WIBA was officially registered as an NGO in December 2003.
Building on a much bigger platform from the WIBA Excellence Awards 2015, WIBA advocated having women owned business to be recognized, hence the participation of the Awards in the regional stage. For the first time, WIBA member’s also representing Botswana were at the center stage competing with their regional counterparts.
WIBA Excellence Awards
In efforts to ensure that competitive women owned businesses are recognized, WIBA has an annual event in which female entrepreneurs are profiled, and acknowledged for their economic contribution.
Event overview of the WIBA Charity Tournament 2015
The first golf event was held in March 2014, in which funds were raised for St Bernads Primary School in Ramotswa and Gakuto Primary School in Gaborone. This involved purchase of stationery for administration of both schools.
The main objectives of this initiatives were:
1. Lobby to have WIBA members possess a group account and at the same time utilize the professional expertise from the banking institution in areas of financial wealth and investment
2. Launch of the WIBA membership and loyalty card