As part of the C-suite executive team and a shareholder at Zoona, Lelemba has been a key part of successfully growing the business from one operating market to three and scaling of their agent network that provides entrepreneurship opportunities to women and youth from poor communities. This has created over 3000 jobs across Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique and since inception, over $1.7bn has been transacted over their mobile payment platform.
In 2014, Zoona was chosen as one of the top 10 companies best suited to take girls out of poverty by the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable group and Lelemba was personally invited alongside Zoona's CEO to participate in an accelerator program focusing on the Girl Effect - the notion that investing in women creates better sustainable communities. This is an honour that Lelemba took to heart and has since driven strategies that identify high potential young women from poor communities and give them an opportunity to become entrepreneurs. This has resulted in the transformation of the Zoona agent network from 70:30 in favour of males to 60:40 in favour of women and has improved both the business and community impact results.
Lelemba has been identified as one of Africa's most influential women by CEO Magazine, and in 2015 was awarded the Rising Star Award at Zambian Women of the Year Awards. In 2016 she was named a Cordes Fellow as one of the world's top 50 most promising emerging social entrepreneurs.