Gail Mawocha

Gail Mawocha

Zimbabwe

Founder and Director of Mustard Seed Africa

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Gail Mawocha is a Social Entrepreneur and a Community Development Consultant. She is the Founding Director of Mustard Seed Africa, an organization whose focus is economic and social empowerment initiatives for rural women in Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Gail coordinates sustainable income generating activities through the use of traditional skills such as handcraft. Her work has impacted at least 2000 rural women artisans in Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

Gail developed the Rural to Ramp Handcraft project which is a design initiative that partners international as well as local designers with rural handcraft artisans to develop products that are African by inspiration and contemporary in design.

Prior to this Gail was a Consultant at TechnoServe Swaziland where she worked on the USAID funded National Business Plan Competition focusing on capacity building amongst micro entrepreneurs to teach business skills. She was also an integral part of TechnoServe's Handcraft Development team whose mission was to grow the handcraft industry in Swaziland to enable women from the grassroots level to generate an income. Her mission is to change perceptions about Africa from hand-out to hand-up and to showcase the beautiful workmanship of handcraft, cosmetics and textiles.

Gail also focuses on fund raising initiatives in partnership with corporates, to benefit orphaned and vulnerable children. She was named Community Champion of the Year in 2015 by the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA). Gail has worked in various administrative, public relations and marketing roles in various companies in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Gail has a Bachelor Degree in Marketing Management from Midrand Graduate Institute and a Master’s Degree in International Development from Eastern University, Philadelphia, USA.

About Mustard Seed Africa

Mustard Seed Africa focuses on the entire value chain to ensure profitability and sustainably in the income generating products they undertake. The organisation bridges the gap between the market and the products made by rural women. The Mustard Seed Africa retail outlet and workshop in Harare stocks products made by over 500 local women and is a hub for handcraft, African literature, teas, natural oils and book readings. The Mustard Seed Africa Health & Wellness Day provides an opportunity for rural artisans to access family planning services, HIV AIDS and Breast Cancer education as well as eye testing and the provision of prescription glasses.