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Penelope

Samfya, Zambia

Profession
Technology
Business
Samfya ICT Resource Centre
Country
Zambia
partner school
Camfed International and the University of Cambridge - Cambridge Assessment Group and Judge Business School
I am very happy with my achievements, including winning the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award in 2009.

Business Overview

Before enrolling in the 10,000 Women program I had never touched a computer. I am now the manager of the Information and Communication Technology Center in Samfya, a rural district in northern Zambia. This is the first and only internet center of its kind in the area. We have nine green computers (they are powered on less energy than it takes to boil a kettle), a server, photocopier and printer and we are a fully functioning center. Each month we have about 200 new people visit us and we train them on how to use the internet and ultimately have access to the world.

I am very happy with my achievements. I have recently traveled to San Diego to receive the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders award. I will put the money won from this award towards making a film on Gender Based Violence to give women a voice to talk about domestic violence, HIV/ AIDS and family planning.

Challenges

My greatest challenge was learning something completely new to me. At first I was a bit daunted, but I found it so interesting and could really see what can be achieved through technology. It built my confidence when I saw that I was good at it and I would love to continue to learn more about technology.

Results

I learned the importance of making the most of any opportunity given to you. By having this attitude I am now a role model in my community. I have shown other girls that they too can make it.

Future Goals

We have now started to teach school children in the local district on how to use computers and the internet.