Buzz Women South Africa: female leadership programme for game changing women

What happens when #goodpeoplemeet

In a week from now, my dear colleague Daria and I will arrive in Wellington, South Africa. It’s about to happen: the Buzz Women Journey South Africa 2019! A female leadership program for game changing individuals. No family Easter brunches, matzos or egg hunts for us this year. Instead we welcome six amazing women from the Netherlands to South Africa where we will introduce them to eight local powerhouses of NorSA; an NGO fighting poverty with a focus on kids. We will meet on Monday night and will officially kicking off on Tuesday the 23rd of April.

I still have to pinch myself to make sure that this is actually work. Travelling to South Africa and working on challenges and questions that matter, with a group of incredible women. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Who are these women
Our journey began last week at Better Future during our kick off dinner with the group of Dutch ladies. It felt a bit uncomfortable to share your hopes, and showcase what your user manual entails, but that’s ok. Now we know who’s on board and what we can expect. Some of them know each other from before, and others don’t.

I was, and still am, impressed by the energy and wisdom that sat around the table that evening. What surprised me the most was the fact that most of these women seemed oblivious to their own impact, yet fully dedicated and ready to dive into the deep end to be of use to NorSA. Along the way remembering to reflect on their own movements forward in work and life. Doubtful of their own capabilities, and humble to say the least. The NorSA team definitely can’t wait to meet them and are ready to dive head first into this project.

Tell me more about NorSA
Marietjie Bezuidenhout lives and breathes compassion. She started NorSA 10 years ago, determined to fight poverty in her country. She set her sights on making sure kids who grow up without a dad, or mum, have access to the education and medical care they need and deserve. All this to avoid ending up like the generation before them.

During this trip we have a twofold of questions and challenges to be addressed

  1. How could NorSA become more entrepreneurial and financially sustainable?
  2. How would Buzz Women be an impactful program in South Africa and what is required to make it a success?

Buzz women delivers education right to the doorstep of women at the bottom of the pyramid. Founded in India six years ago, operational in Gambia since 2018, already hit the 100.000 women milestone, and now aiming to impact 10 million women worldwide by 2030.

What now
Pumped, ready and excited to make this happen we can finally start packing our suitcases. Knowing it’s going to be impressive, inspirational, yet tough at times, this will lead to something we can’t predict. That’s the magic of Better Future.

Text by Annemarie de Jong


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