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VIRL Board

Traditional Banking works in stable economies and has built great economies and great nations. It is the mainstream offering tailored toward the employed and those who generally find themselves formally engaged – therein lies its inherent weakness as access to money is easiest for those who need it least.

Miriam Tose Majome (Ms.)

Chairperson

Miriam is the holder of an honours degree in Psychology as well as a UNISA Bachelor of Laws. Her qualifications include diplomas in Education and Training Management. Miriam’s career spans a UK working holiday, HR consultancy, practice ,research and secondary school teaching. Miriam is a practicing legal practitioner at Jessie Majome & Company Legal Practitioners.

Virginia Sibanda (Mrs.)

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Virginia Sibanda is the CEO of VIRL Rural & Social Financial Services (Private) Limited trading as VIRL Financial Services a company that she co-founded in 2010. She holds a Master of Business Administration Degree obtained through the University of Wales Bangor in association with Manchester Business School. Mrs Sibanda is an alumni of the International Leadership Visitors Program sponsored by USAID.  She has twenty eight years of experience in banking and microfinance industry in Zimbabwe, with extensive experience in credit risk assessment and lending to micro, small, and medium enterprises.

She has attended the general Boulder Institute of Microfinance Program as well as the Rural and Agriculture program and has attended the Symposium for Financial Inclusion sponsored by Mastercard Foundation.Mrs Sibanda is passionate about development work.   She is the current Board Chairperson of ZAMFI.

Farai Mpofu (Mrs.)

Non Executive Director

Farai has spent over a quarter of a century in the financial services sector, specialising in Corporate Communication, Marketing and Investor Relations. She is an alumnus of the British Council programme, “Tomorrow’s Leaders”.

Guy Mangwiza(Mr)

Non Executive Director

Bridget Morris (BA Hons, Grad-C-E) has 30+ years of experience in IT, Payments and Microfinance, broadly based as is typical in emerging markets initiatives. For half of this time she has been a self-employed consultant based in Zimbabwe, but has led and participated in projects all across Africa and beyond; the Caribbean, Scotland, Kazakhstan, China. Key local work was the design and build of Zimswitch, the local electronic interbank clearing house, to which she still consults and guidance around the specification of ZETSS, the local RTGS system. More recently she has taken this payments expertise into the Micro finance area.

Bridget Morris (Mrs.)

Non Executive Director

She has over 25 years in banking and microfinance and was previously the Managing Director of one of the biggest MFIs in Zimbabwe before co-founding VIRL. She has an MBA and has attended Boulder Institute of Microfinance. She is a former vice Chairperson of Zimbabwe Association of Microfinance and Chaired the committee that looked at introducing the Credit Bureau to members of the Association.

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