Chinyere Anokwuru is an empowerment Specialist, a poverty alleviation expert, a grassroots reformer and a multi- award winning advocate for the economic empowerment of women.
She is the founder of Selfworth Organization For Women Development, a non governmental organisation seeking to end the lowest form of hunger and poverty by empowering rural and urban slum women with free professional training in different trade skills and also provide them with Behaviour Modified Loans specifically targeted for the purchase of the necessary equipment they need for their business start up thereby breaking barriers and generational cycles of poverty.
Her organisation invests in local women to help them acquire life skills and start up small businesses to help ease the conflict between work and family responsibilities - one of the many reasons for women's economic inequality and domestic violence.
She is a transformational leader with over ten years experience working in the rural and urban communities to reduce poverty and create wealth with a major focus on women and vulnerable girls.
Chinyere has impacted and empowered over five thousand women in different communities in Nigeria with skills and tools to succeed in their businesses. Most of the women she focuses on are poor, majority of them are widows and the bread winners of their families.
She believes that most rural/urban slum women lack skills to succeed in their business because they lack access to proper training and the required finance to fund their businesses.
She provides the needed succor by breaking the barriers and challenges they would experience in their quest to secure loans from commercial banks.
Until may 29th 2015 Chinyere held the position of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos state on women mobilization and Empowerment.
Chinyere overcame significant odds and a difficult situation to become an exceptional example of what an oppressed woman can achieve through the unfailing grace of God and sheer determination.
She understands that many women and girls experience the same hardships that she faced for three reasons: lack of funds, lack of education or skill and social customs.
Following her belief that education and the economic empowerment of women is key in nation building and in maintaining home balance, she birthed Selfworth Organization For Women Development as a platform for the continuous education and empowerment of women.
She has had significant success in developing a Micro lending scheme that empowers women to break cycles of poverty and become financially independent.
Widely recognized as a key player in improving the socio-economic conditions of women and girls, her commitment to helping others has earned her different awards, chiefly among them is the;
- Outstanding Achievement Award given by Life Changers Foundation; United Kingdom. 2015
- The Wise Woman Award given by Wisdom for women international; United Kingdom. 2016
- The Star Award given by LiftEffects; United Kingdom. 2016
- Award for Selfless Community Service given by the Christian international business and professional women association. 2014 Amongst others.
Chinyere Anokwuru hopes to provide access to trade skills training and finance for 100,000 rural and urban slum women throughout Nigeria in the next 5 years.
Chinyere Anokwuru is an advocate for women participation and inclusion in all levels of society from the grassroots to the top.
She has partnered with Lagos state government, United Nations Information Center and other relevant stakeholders to carry out different empowerment projects.
Her core belief is that Women are an integral part of every thriving society.
In accordance with this belief, Chinyere has dedicated her life to mentoring, coaching, and empowering women and girls to accomplish their life’s goals.