Barbara Banda


I am a committed social entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Development Management. I have worked with communities and as a consultant in the Sub-Saharan Africa region addressing issues of governance, gender, conflict resolution, nutrition, building community capacities and environmental management.  Currently based in Lilongwe, I am supporting and developing women business enterprises.

I am a mother, which influences my commitment to see Mother Earth conserved for the sake of generations to come. I found ‘my moment’ by leveraging business with development because of the sustainability embedded in approaches with a social impact.

I founded the Chitipi Community Savings and Investment Project in 2015, a membership and share trading platform, which avails opportunities for increased production and access to markets.  I also sit on three Boards aimed to support the youth - Career Guidance Network, Compatible Technologies International - promoting locally adapted technologies for value addition in agricultural produce and the National Association of Business Women supporting businesses by reinvesting proceeds from its commercial arm.