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Board of Trustees

Farai Mafunga

Farai Mafunga

Trustee

Mr Mafunga is a registered legal practitioner with over 17 years legal experience in various capacities. He is currently the senior partner with the firm Mafunga, Muzembe & Shambamuto Law Chambers, a law firm established in January 2017. He worked for Honey and Blackenberg Legal Practitioners from 1997 to 2001 before joining the Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited Group where he worked in various capacities including compliance, corporate secretariaship, corporate finance and as group legal counsel. In 2010, Farai then joined First Capital Finance (2011) (Private) Limited, a microfinance institution as an executive director in charge of corporate affairs in 2011, a position he held until 2014 when he left to become a consulting Manager with Mambwe Solutions (Private) Limited, a consulting firm. He also worked as an associate with the legal firm of Mungeni & Muzvondiwa where he dealt with a wide range of legal matters. He has extensive knowledge and experience from the fields of corporate and company law, business administration and corporate governance, banking and finance law, mining law, labour law, corporate finance law, administration of estates, intellectual property and civil and criminal litigation.

Virginia Sibanda

Virginia Sibanda

Founder & Trustee

Mrs. Sibanda is a co-founder of VIRL and is its current CEO. Prior to this she was the Managing Director of Microking Savings and Credit Company (Pvt) Limited. She also worked at Barclays Bank and was the Branch Manager of the Small Business Unit. Mrs. Sibanda is a holder of a Master of Business Administration Degree obtained through the University of Wales Bangor in association with Manchester Business School; and her project was on the financing and capacity building for SMEs. She was attached to Barclays Bank PLC for one year of which she spent time with the Small Business Group, Medium Scale and Large Corporate and Credit Risk Management. In 2007 she was nominated to be part of the International Leadership Visitors Program sponsored by USAID and was part of 21 women form different countries that visited USA for a women entrepreneurship program.

Farai Mpofu

Farai Mpofu

Founder & Trustee

Mrs. Mpofu, co-founder of VIRL is country director of VIRL Social Foundation. She is a senior Communications, Marketing and Investor Relations professional, having served in the Corporate Banking and Investment environment for over 15 years. She excels in the areas of public relations and brand awareness, and helped create one of the best-known brands in Zimbabwe’s retail banking space. Farai recently served as VIRL’s Marketing Executive and advanced its public image with a suite of branded products for rural communities. She has held several board positions including ZAMFI, Women’s University in Africa, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust and Junior Achievement Zimbabwe. Farai holds a Special Honours degree in English form the University of Zimbabwe and is an alumnus of the British Council leadership programme.

Management

Farai Mpofu

Farai Mpofu

Country Director

Mrs. Mpofu, co-founder of VIRL is country director of VIRL Social Foundation. She is a senior Communications, Marketing and Investor Relations professional, having served in the Corporate Banking and Investment environment for over 15 years. She excels in the areas of public relations and brand awareness, and helped create one of the best-known brands in Zimbabwe’s retail banking space. Farai recently served as VIRL’s Marketing Executive and advanced its public image with a suite of branded products for rural communities. She has held several board positions including ZAMFI, Women’s University in Africa, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust and Junior Achievement Zimbabwe. Farai holds a Special Honours degree in English form the University of Zimbabwe and is an alumnus of the British Council leadership programme.

Lynn Gwenzi

Lynn Gwenzi

Business Development Manager

Lynn Gwenzi a self-starter and is passionate about that empowerment of youth and women. Her background is in financial services. She makes use of her capacity building skills to facilitate development in mainly rural communities. In development finance, her forte is stakeholder relations, with special reference to community engagement and business development. Lynn’s desire is to see the microfinance industry grow. Linkages, including facilitating access to finance, for women and youth will strengthen their businesses and create more jobs.

NhlaNhla Sibanda

NhlaNhla Sibanda

Programme Officer

Nhlanhla Sibanda completed her Degree in Global Economics and Finance and is currently working at Virl Rural and Social Financial services under the Business Intelligence and Research Unit. She co-runs the Nduna Girls program, her motivation stems from the belief that education is a right for all. Nhlanhla is passionate about the development of rural communities and believes that access to education can be a catalyst for development. She is an avid football fan and she would one day like to watch a live UEFA Champions League final.

Chenai Tsorayi

Chenai Tsorayi

Programme Officer

Chenai Tsorayi is one of the pioneers in the Business Intelligence and Research Unit at VIRL and also co-runs Nduna Girls. She is holder of a BSc (Hons) Degree in Financial Economics with Accounting; loves to travel, enjoys poetry and is passionate about creating development opportunities for young people, particularly for girls and young women whom she believes are an important force in developing the communities they live. Chenai is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow and is currently a student of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Zimbabwe Leadership Training Program 2017 cohort.

Noreen Mudyariwa

Noreen Mudyariwa

Finance Officer

Noreen is a pro-active and result oriented individual who is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which she studied through Open Learning Centre. She has 7 years financial experience in accounting and financial management. She started her career in 2008 with NMB Financial Holdings Limited in the treasury department. She later joined First Capital Plus (2011) (Private) Limited in 2011 as an accounts assistant, a position she held for 3 years. Before joining Virl Rural and Financial Services (Private) Limited in 2016 she worked for Mabwe Solutions (Private) Limited , a consulting firm as a consulting officer.

Travy Matema

Programme Assistant

Travy Matema is a Programmes Assistant at Nduna Girls. She is a holder of a MPhil Development Finance degree and is a small and medium business advisor. She enjoys playing tennis, reading and travelling. She hopes that the skills and knowledge that she imparts to small and medium business owners will assist them in gaining absolute mobility, having a better life than that of their parents.