BOAF Inducts Ms. Leeko Mokoena into the 10,000 Points of Light (POL)
“On behalf of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) Women in Business, it is my pleasure and honour to welcome Ms. Leeko Mokoena to the prestigious 10,000 Points of Light (POL) club, as number (BOAF0456) towards our target of 10,000 names of human actors that Africa can bank on in etching towards the Africa we want.” Ms. Miriam Mutizwa said the above in conversations with Mr. Mutumwa Mawere, Chairman of The 1873 Network and William and Ron McKenzie who are also farmers in Ms. Mokoena’s network.
“Leeko Mokoena grew up in a village where everyone did subsistence farming: every household had food growing in the backyard, or in communal fields. Everyone took part, and nobody went hungry. But around the year 2000 the older people in the community started to get too old to work, or died. The generation that inherited their land thought that they did not need to farm to get food, or earn a living. The land went fallow. That choice resulted in endemic poverty, unemployment and hunger. This did not make any sense to Leeko hungry people were living on arable land, which they could use free of charge.” notes Solutions4Africa
Mr. Mawere asked Ms. Mokoena, “What is the promise of what you are doing, is it making a difference?” Ms. Mokoena responded, “It is making a difference, it is getting them(rural subsistence farmers) to participate in the economy and transform the value chain in most cases you find that the support that is available for them is mainly at the tail end of production but never taken all the way through. I have to make a difference and take note that there’s a value chain to disrupt and I thus setup a management services company to bridge the gap of corporate agro produce market and rural grower.”
Mr. Mpasiri having watched the broadcast of this conversation with Ms. Mokoena shared it in Zimbabwe where he was set to meet with officials on investment promotion of Zimbabwe at the Office of President and Cabinet, Harare Metropolitan Province.
To join Women in Business or Women in Agriculture and to be connected with Ms. Leeko Mokoena, please contact The 1873 Network on email@example.com.