Mayra Pereira, a Mozambican entrepreneur helping clients transition to a sustainable low-carbon future — Lionesses of Africa

Tell us a little about your team

My team is comprised of 3 fantastic professionals, working on data analysis and management. We have worked together on assignments before and we have the same vision of what and where we want to go. Additionally, we have a network of associate consultants based in Southern Africa and Europe for the development of studies across a number of different disciplines.

Share a little about your entrepreneurial journey. And, do you come from an entrepreneurial background?

My entrepreneurial journey started with another lioness Erika Rodrigues, when we set up our first translation business during our university years in South Africa. We gathered friends and family and for years, we managed to do translations to a number of individuals and companies. After university, I have worked for an NGO and a consulting firm, where I have gathered the technical skills that then led me to the development of my first consulting firm in Mozambique. Gaia, my second consulting firm, is now a product of the knowledge I have acquired over this journey.

What are your future plans and aspirations for your company?

Our vision is to be a reference consulting firm in Sub-Saharan Africa involved with reshaping organizations, societies, markets and business investment decisions to look beyond environmental, social and governance factors on their advancement towards sustainability.

What gives you the most satisfaction being an entrepreneur?

Be the change that you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi. 

This is definitely my drive for being an entrepreneur.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to other women looking to start-up?

The first step is definitely to start! I do not believe in failure, I believe in the power of starting again until we reach where we want to be. Let’s grow, evolve and progress!

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