She was raised on a farm in rural KwaZulu-Natal by strong, brave, and tenacious women who gathered firewood. Watching her own mother being downtrodden by her father in a society that belittled women and other social groups, she decided that, if she was to influence change for a fairer world, that change must start with her.

Today, she runs a thriving business whose product is being used in two million households across sub-Saharan Africa and has been successfully marketed to other parts of the world.

On Day Two of the inaugural Economic Activation Workshop of The Student Women Economic Empowerment Programme (SWEEP), this ambitious woman addressed a 60-strong audience of student women drawn from South Africa’s public universities on Economic Independence and Dignity through Entrepreneurial Activity. This was at a workshop seeking to empower women by providing them a safety net of transferable business and practical skills and opportunities, backed by a foundation of academic stewardship.