I worked as a Social Worker in rural communities for many years – contributing to improving people’s quality of life. After I had qualified from the university of the North (then Turfloop) in the early 80’s, I felt God calling me to serve the poor. I knew what poverty was, having experienced it throughout my life up till that point. Part of my vision was to empower rural women through self-help projects, enabling them to feed and care for their own families. Many of these women had very limited education and skills. With the support of World Vision, the Government of the Netherlands and other local businesses we were able to teach reading and writing, sewing and cooking skills, as well as art and crafts.
Following promotions, I ended up working as a Chief Director at the Department of Social Development, giving me the opportunity to contribute to public policies that catered for women and children. Later on in life I became a business woman passionate to empower, mentor, and coach women to become business leaders in their own right. I co-founded Agape Christian Women’s Network (ACWN) – A Not for Profit Organization empowering women from all faiths, and all walks of life.
Please reflect on this and share with us what you are doing to empower others. How can I share my experiences with you? I would like to support you on this journey as I believe the more we share, the bigger the difference we can make in other people’s lives.