The Usawa Institute

The Usawa Institute is a non profit working towards An Equitable Africa through Education, Research and Social Impact with girls and women across Africa

The Usawa Institute is a non profit working towards An Equitable Africa through Education, Research and Social Impact with girls and women across Africa

We also run the Girls Speak Out Program #gso and the Power Classes for Women #PC4W

Operating as usual

Photos from The Usawa Institute's post 24/02/2022

There are always some words of wisdom from those who positively impact history before us!


We The Usawa Institute believe in celebrating women who positively impact and empower girls and women in our communities. Here's Zandile Keebine of GirlCode our of today, a South African tech leader who is on a mission to empower and encourage South African women in tech.

Zandile studied BSc Hons degree in Computational and applied Mathematics from University of Witwatersrand in 2012. She and her team run a non-profit organisation (@GirlCode), aimed at equipping and empowering young girls and women in South Africa through technology.

This organisation began as hackathons (in which they are well known for), that were aimed at encouraging girls and women to take interest in the tech space. But ended up becoming a space that benefits hundreds of young girls through various ICT initiatives.

These initiatives include free coding sessions, the GirlCoder Club (a free nationwide network) and weekend coding clubs designed for high school girls, to only mention a few.

Her main is to grow @GirlCode to become Africa's leading digital hub for young African girls and women to get into tech spaces, by providing them various opportunities and access to different ICT's.

We believe in her cause and applaud it! As we move towards an inclusive tech space.

Pearl Mbazima - The Community Banker 16/02/2022

Pearl Mbazima - The Community Banker

Pearl Mbazima - The Community Banker,

"I strongly believe that with access to funding, women can start and run businesses that will grow and provide much-needed development". An amazing woman playing her part to help many other women develop and build business across the country.

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Pearl Mbazima - The Community Banker The amazing story of Pearl Mbazima an amazing woman giving opportunities for women to be able to fun small businesses, save and be a part of a network that i...


Pearl Mbazimba - The Community Banker

Am amazing story from Pearl Mbazima telling us about her story of how Lasacco and EntreprenuerZW came about and the organizations it’s working with.

Full Video- will be on our YouTube Page


Join us, let us all be the change that we want to see.

Photos from The Usawa Institute's post 29/12/2021

Congratulations to Caroline Mutimbanyoka & Leena Magano who scooped this year's Usawa Equity Grant as part of the Community Leadership Program . Congratulations once again for winning these grants. What a year its been


From us to your family. Merry Christmas and happy New Year

Photos from The Usawa Institute's post 23/12/2021

As the year ends we just want to congratulate all these amazing women that applied for The Community Leadership and those that enrolled and to those that graduated, we are so excited to see the future holds for you and the amazing projects that you are running.

As The Usawa Institute we would like to thank all the Participants,Facilitators, Coaches and Judges of the you guys rock.

Photos from Fasford Academy's post 23/12/2021

Grateful to the Fasford Academy for partnering with The Community Leadership Program & gifting these amazing women from the Cohort 2 scholarship to study at your academy, thank you


It’s a great thing to see young women applying to be part of the it’s amazing because we know the next generation of community leaders is well trained. Congratulations Natacha Akimana for being a part of


As leaders of various organizations we need to be very aware of conversations that you engage to online because the world is watching.

Communications for non profits should be centred around your vision, work and what you want to achieve. Earl-Ashley Samaita Dubé Thank you facilitating the session on Communications for Non Profits and Social Impact Business


Welcome to the and Congratulations on being part of the 25 women that are part of the we looking forward to seeing your project and programs grow as you are investing in your leadership Juliet Bvekwa


Congratulations and welcome to the , so excited and glad that you are part of the 25 leaders from across Southern Africa studying going through the leadership program Charlene Gail Taruwona we can’t wait to see you impact across the communities you serve


Welcome to the and we are excited that you are part of the We are looking forward to seeing your community and social impact business grow and develop and welcome to the TofaraOnline - Rich Minds Creating Wealth


We would like to welcome to the family and to and to the Thabs P Manjenjenje. May your time with the help you sharpen your leadership and develop your work in the communities


Seeing young women like Sharon Chimwaza applying and choosing to invest in their leadership and the development of their communities is a good thing and we are so glad that you part of the .


It’s an amazing thing to have amazing women of such caliber, desiring and planning to advance their leadership skills and ability, Welcome to the Philadelphia Motladiile


So many times we look at external risk but then they are internal risk that any organization will face and as a leader being aware, recognizing and mitigating risk is a key part of being a leader.

Grateful that Dr Sizwile Khoza that’s your spend two sessions with you helping us deal with issues to do Risk Management


We are excited that Nolwazi Trish Ndlovu is part of the and teullyblooking forward to seeing her impact upon the country and the region through her work . Welcome to the


So glad that you where chosen to be part of the and that you are investing in your leadership development Nokuthula Sibanda welcome to the


Nobuhle Mahlahla we are so glad that you are part of the ladies who decided to invest into their leadership with us this year.. welcome into the and we are so excited to see your programs grow in their impact..


It was profound session..."A new installment of discipline is needed every day"..."I am afraid to fail, but baby what if you fly?” Thank you very much for helping us taking these bold steps Tafadzwa Bete Sasa for facilitating a session at the

To follow up some of the conversation do follow this link.


We are so glad that we get to see young women who are part of the class of 2021, investing into their leadership and the growth of their communities. We welcome you to the Nkanyiso Siziba.


Monica Tonodzai is one of the 25 ladies who are part of the Community Leadership Program and we are excited to see your impact continue to grow in your community


Today morning topic is a bit of challenge, project managements and its a bit more technical and we are so grateful to Mr Taka Sande who made it easier much palatable for class to understand it way better in our context.

‘A lot of stuff I was omitting. Learnt how planning is a very crucial element before executing the project’

You can follow part of conversation on the link below


Ngwekazi Apiwe Makaba we are so glad that you are part of the program focusing on the leadership of women running community based programs, we glad that you will serve your community effectively


Leading in Culturally Sensitive Communites was session that went well over its time. Should you marry a new culture with an old culture and how do you do it respectfully without loosing people and why should you even do it in the first place, thank you Trudi Stevens for this class

You can read a bit from the class here


Congratulations to Monica Muchenje you joined 24 other amazing women running community based programs social impact business across Southern Africa to learn how to build sustainable program in the


Congratulations to you Mitchelle Munashe Mimie Zengeya For being part of the in building sustainable community based projects.. Welcome to the


Building sustainable projects and programs starts with setting policies and procedures that allows the staff whether short term, long term or volunteers to have a conducive environment.

Thank you Shamiso Chakawata for facilitating the class yesterday you can foolowmpart of the conversation on the link below

Photos from The Usawa Institute's post 07/08/2021

Congratulations to the USAWA Institute’s Founder and Director, Anoziva Nano Marindire & the USAWA Institute Board Chair, Mercy Chatyoka Jowa, for making the list of 100 female founders from Zimbabwe profiled by GoGetter Movement in the book The GoGetter ‘s Founding 100. A celebration and profiling of Zimbabwean female leaders and a source of female inspiration.


Community based projects are run by an army of amazing people, staff and volunteers. Today’s class was on how we can create, run and scale up effective teams for greater organisational and community impact. A huge thank you to our facilitator for the day Mr Tinotenda Nyota.To follow the conversations happening during the program use the hashtags or click link below

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