Mshinwa Edith Banzi

“I like growing and eating my own food and fruits. I have planted different varieties of tropical fruits and want to keep my garden as ecological as I can.”

Mshinwa has been the managing director of Illumination East Africa since 2010. “It is a social enterprise aimed at reducing poverty and making a profit while caring for people’s health and the environment. Being a woman adds value to your business. Most women in business have been able to bring a lot of change from the household level to the community and national levels. Women are hardworking; they take care of the family’s development and are committed to whatever they do.” Banzi also runs a small lodge with her husband, Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge. It is an ecologically and socially responsible resort located at the foothills of Mount Meru, on the western outskirts of the city of Arusha, and near Mount Kilimanjaro. “The place is attractive for people who want to climb the mountains or go on safari, as it is very near the Arusha National Park,” she explains. Edith Banzi invests her free time in growing her own fruits in a small garden. “My dream is to become successful in my business, but what’s most important is to bring change to the lives of people around me. If I’m able to help young women and men become responsible citizens and hardworking adults, then I will consider myself a successful woman in Tanzania,” she concludes.


Published in the hard-copy of Work Style Magazine, Fall 2013