Women almost constitute 50 per cent of the world population and have been making substantial contribution to socio-economic development. But, unfortunately their contribution largely remains unrecognized and unnoticed in most developing and least developed countries.
In Kenya, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) is a membership-based trade support institution (TSI) working to protect commercial and industrial interests of Kenyan business community. KNCCI has established a wing in itself known as Women In Business (WIB) Sector. WIB-Kenya serves as a sector under KNCCI whose mandate is to integrate empowerment of women in business and Trade from all the 47 Counties with the mandate (KNCCI).
The intent of Women in Business at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry wing is to build on the existing legacy while empowering women at all levels of government both National and County through education and capacity building.
The year 2017 witnessed a hallmark as the Women In Business sector launched their inaugural awards that seek to celebrate exceptional women in business for their many contributions, and impact awardees (women) from the private, informal sector and business owners, who have achieved their success by overcoming limiting norms and challenges.
The awards were structured to incorporate 10 categories recognizing women of impact and companies that have demonstrated support of women-owned enterprises directly or indirectly. The categories that had been identified and were being competed for were as follows;
- Construction-Best Woman Entrepreneur 2017
- ICT-Best Woman Entrepreneur 2017
- Creative Arts-Best Woman Entrepreneur 2017
- Best Student Entrepreneur 2017
- Best Youth Entrepreneur 2017
- Healthcare – Best Woman Entrepreneur 2017
- Agribusiness – Best Woman Entrepreneur 2017
- Education – Best Woman Entrepreneur 2017
- Hospitality Industry – Best Woman Entrepreneur 2017
- OVERALL – COMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017
Daproim Africa was among the many women owned businesses that had caught the new wave on time and was proud to be present in the inaugural Women In Business awards. Daproim Africa was able to participate through their C.E.O, Caroline Wanjiku Kamanja in the ICT –BEST WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY and here , she scooped the FIRST RUNNERS-UP position in that category.
This was no mean feat with regard to her competitors and celebration was in high gear as we appreciated all the great achievements in 2017 and look forward to doing and achieving even more in the year 2018.