As part of efforts aimed at improving people’s quality of life by wealth creation and wellness promotion, the management of Healthgarde recently said they have empowered over 300 women.
In a chat with journalists, during its 2023 Yearly Convention in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, Nneka Nwarueze revealed that Healthgarde is neither a Ponzi scheme nor a get-rich-quick scheme.
Nwarueze noted: “Healthgarde is the first network marketing company owned by a Nigerian that has a foundation. And with it, we have been able to empower over 300 women on various programmes. Also, we have four university graduates and about 15 pupils in primary schools who graduated through our scholarship programme.”
Speaking further, she said Healthgarde network marketing follows best global practices, noting that it is the first major network marketing company owned by an African woman.
“I’ve been in network marketing for over 20 years with majority of those years spent representing SwissGarde for 17 years until it ceased operation. To provide an alternative for entrepreneurs who depended on SwissGarde business for sustenance, when it closed shop, we started Healthgarde,” Nwarueze said.
Specifically, she added that the genuineness of the network marketing company is one of the reasons the firm has been expanding rapidly in the last three years of operations.
With operational base in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana and United States, she stated that, “we already have our eyes set on Cameroon.”
With network marketing firm of over 50,000 distributors, she said: “Our products are exceptional as they’re organic (non-synthetic) and we know their origin; they are mainly from African herbs, and are pocket-friendly.”
Chief Operating Officer, Lovelyn Bassey, noted: “Every year, we have an international convention, where we recognise top achievers in our company from around the world. We look at the body of work they’ve done within one year and then reward the top performers as we have done today.”
On the importance of Healthgarde in an African society, Bassey said the company also targets self-sufficiency for women as one of its focal points.
“One of the biggest messages that we try to send across as a company is that women have a voice and can also bring the bacon home. They don’t have to be a burden to their husbands, but a partner, by also contributing in the home. This way, the husbands don’t need to drop dead by overworking themselves to cater for the financial needs of their families alone.”
The company’s brand ambassador who was unveiled at the event, a Zimbabwean-South African professional rugby union player and current world champion, who recently retired, Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira, said he provided a balance for a company predominantly seen as a woman organisation.
“The services rendered by Healthgarde shouldn’t be seen as only for the female gender. Through my endorsement, men are encouraged to come onboard too and make money selling wellness,” Mtawarira advised.
Healthgarde products have received International Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) registration, which verifies that proper methods, equipment, and controls are in place to produce the highest quality dietary supplement products.
Attendees at the event cut across Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.