Beauty Mutanga, a story of perseverance, determination, and hard work


Zimbabwe Women Empowered in Business (ZIWEB) empowers women in Zimbabwe with the
opportunity to start and sustainably run their own business by becoming sub-distributors for Nestlé
East and Southern Africa (ESAR)

From seeking to survive and sustain her family, to being able to afford luxuries that she once only
dreamt of is the story of hope in the face of hardship, a story of perseverance, determination, and hard
work for 37-year-old Beauty Mutanga of Harare’s Mabvuku suburb.
The mother of four did not allow the economic situation in the country to keep her down and sought
ways to change her fortunes to give her family a better life, when she joined ZIWEB in 2019. The
Zimbabwe Women Empowered in Business is a Nestlé ESAR initiative which empowers women by
given them an opportunity to start and sustainably run their own businesses by becoming sub
distributors for Nestlé ’s affordable range of products such as NESTLÉ CREMORA ,NESTLÉ
Launched in 2019 in one of Harare’s suburbs with 29 participants, the programme has grown to
almost 250 participants and has extended to other cities and towns across Zimbabwe, promoting an
entrepreneurial spirit in women.
Beauty, like all the other women recruited into the programme was trained on critical aspects in
business management such as entrepreneurship skills, financial, selling, product knowledge and
customer care skills. Nestlé also provided her and the other recruits with start up capital (Loan stock)
in the form of goods to sell.
Beauty’s story is now one of hope, perseverance, determination and hard work in the face of
adversity. A story of personal growth, change, and empowerments which the other 250 women
recruited into the programme can attest to.
Through ZIWEB, Beauty’s perception on life has taken a turn for the better as her goals have shifted
from wanting to provide a meal for her family to acquiring things she once thought of as a luxury and
out of reach for her.
“In 2020 I started shopping around and saving for a car and as I noted increased demand for Nestlé
products from my customer base, I have since managed to buy a Honda Fit fuel saver for my business
in January 2021. Currently, I am also doing professional Events Management studies, baking and
selling cakes to develop my seven roomed stand in Mabvuku, Tafara. Through ZIWEB, I am now also
in a financial position to help my extended family”.
The road to success has not been without its challenges for the entrepreneur with the COVID-19
pandemic posing the biggest threat to the survival and growth of her business.
“The pandemic was a major shake to our business initially as we service the informal sector which
was totally shut down for business at start. Most of my savings were spent on providing food for the
family, and paying rent as my husband was at home also affected by lockdown.”
The sky is the limit for this 37-year-old go-getter as her aspiration is to become a bigger Micro Nestlé
Distributor, growing from selling the small PPP SKU’s to including all Nestlé products while also
recruiting other women to join this life-changing empowerment program.

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