We poured our hearts into the curriculum for the Mariemae Business School and tried to cover the practical aspects of building a business that wasn’t covered (or we didn’t fully grasp) in business school. As each of the fundamentals we covered were issues that we had personally dealt with in building our business, we thought it might be helpful to our community here as well. Therefore, over the next few months, we will run a series of blog posts on “Lessons from the Mariemae Business School.” Topics will include goal-setting, your personal brand, the importance of understanding your customer, and how to look for and pursue market opportunities.
During our latest trip to Rwanda, we worked with an amazing group of photographers to document a typical day in the Mariemae Business School. In addition to the unbelievable photography we’ve been showing you over the last month, we are happy to show you the first of the interviews Kelsi Klembara conducted with the ladies in our Class of 2015. Please meet Xavera, the hardest working woman I've ever met and the manager at No.41.
Sometimes you get buried in the day-to-day craziness of building a business, and you don’t have the chance to personally interact as much as you would like with the very customers you are building the products for. You also do not get to spend as long as you would like talking about the very real people our customers are helping or the curriculum we worked so hard on for the Mariemae Business School classes.
If only we all left our desks this tidy on a Friday afternoon! Happy weekend everyone! (📷 and desk by @hurdandhoney)
Oh October and all things fall, how I love you! (📷: @lucyselgas)
Here's to an exciting and productive week! (📷 by @lucyselgas)
If anyone needs me in the next 18 years, here's where I'll be. 💕 #cutestnieceever
Absolutely loving these hand carved wooden pens from Kenya 💕
Did you know that the butterfly-looking symbol depicted in our Hyeren stationery set is the Adinkra symbol "hye wonn hye" (pronounced "she won she")? This symbol is one of the Adinkra symbols used by the Akans in West Africa meaning unburnable or undestroyable - signifying resilience. Ewurama stated she used this symbol because she "believes women are resilient and will rise through any obstacles - I thought it was the perfect symbol for the hardworking women in the world." For more of the stories behind the designs, check out the product descriptions in our shop (link in profile).
Thanks so much to these two ladies for all they did to have everything run smoothly for our photoshoot!
Only 9 boxes left of the Thanks - Murakoze boxed sets! Murakoze means "thank you" in Kinyarwandan - the language spoken by our current Mariemae Business School students. Get yours before these are sold out, as we are retiring this pattern! // As always, with each purchase, you provide an hour of business school for women in emerging markets.
While there aren't many pictures I can show yet from last week's photoshoot for the new collection, I can show you this awesome new desk made by our friends @hurdandhoney. LOVE the way this turned out!
Pop up shop this afternoon with @letsgottm at the SHE Event in Southlake!
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