By Henry Uche 

Worried by the level of poverty ravaging the country currently, an indigenous network marketing company, HealthGarde International said it is leaving no stone unturned to see that more women and youths are lifted out of poverty through the sale of its products and other business opportunities. 

The network marketing firm, held its third year anniversary in Lagos with over 50,000 distributors across countries. It is an African company dedicated to improving people’s quality of life by creating wealth through healthcare and wellness promotion. 

In a chat with journalists at the event, the chief operating officer of the company, Lovelyn Bassey, stated that the convention is a way to reward top achievers. 

“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,” Bassey said. 

While speaking further on the importance of HealthGarde in an African society, Bassey stated that 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.” 

On her part, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Nneka Nwarueze, revealed that HealthGarde is neither a ponzi nor a get-rich-quick scheme but a place anyone can work and make a meaningful living. 

“HealthGarde network marketing follows best global practices. 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. 

“In order to provide an alternative for entrepreneurs who depended on SwissGarde business for sustenance, when it closed shop, we started HealthGarde,” Nwarueze revealed. 

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The founder also disclosed that aside from the empowerment provided by the network marketing company, an affiliated foundation has successfully empowered over 300 women. 

“HealthGarde is also 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. 

“The genuineness of our network marketing company is one of the reasons we’ve been expanding rapidly in the last three years of operations. I can authoritatively say that we have presence in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana and United States, while we already have our eyes set on Cameroon.” 

“I will be more fulfilled when I see more people who explored the opportunities we offer, being happy. We incorporate people irrespective of your educational background. You don’t need Certificate to be successful, but ‘SabiTicket’ to bring food on your table. The whole process requires patience, perseverance and doggedness,” she affirmed. 

The founder also spoke on the uniqueness of Healthgarde products. “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. 

“In whatever trade we find ourselves, we must be ready to follow diligently and learn from the masters if we must stand firm, focused and keep moving in this global economic turbulence. Our company offers opportunities for young people to explore. We make people’s better from day one they join us. While you strive to be that highest ranking distributor making wealth, we ensure that you and everyone around you live healthy,” she added. 

The company’s brand ambassador who was unveiled at the event, a Zimbabwean-South African, professional rugby union player and current world champion, just 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 submitted. 

According to HealthgGarde, the manufacturing of their products has 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.