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I am an entrepreneur, adventurous in nature and have always had an interest in personal growth. I love the spirit of entrepreneurship - simplicity, passion, innovation and creativity.
I have been in my own business(s) for 30 years. My first venture in self-employment was when I set up a secretarial service from home and later, with my sister, founded the Home Executive Womens Organisation (empowering women-at-home) and then Hews - Home Business Organization, training and supporting new entrepreneurs whilst spear-heading home business development in South Africa. The main issues we addressed at the time was helping those - with little confidence, skills, money and capacity - to earn money with what they had. Our partnership dissolved and I was called to help those (illiterate - middle management) taking retrenchment packages from companies to start their own businesses without losing their package. My writing career started then as I could not find any program to accommodate the needs of my target market (diverse levels of confidence, education and skills) and so developed my own methodology and support materials. Following again the needs in the market-place, I was later called to help the unemployed and community project personnel to improve their business, financial and management skills and capacity. This step took me into the world of Social Entrepreneurship when I was elected as an Ashoka Fellow. What an honor to be recognized for the impact of my work in society, which offered exposure to the international world and an opportunity to work in Mexico and then with the disabled through The Leonard Cheshire Foundation (UK).
And yes, I have had an adventurous diverse career. as I followed the dots of each stage of my career path which fuelled my passion, love of people and creativity, whilst also developing my skills as an entrepreneur, writer and author.
I have recently published my first children's book (I so proud) and continue to mentor emerging entrepreneurs and writers.
I live in the foothills of an indigenous forest in Knysna, South Africa on a small sustainable farm and am deeply connected to nature and the organic way.