Social investment: Women uplifting women

2008-10-08 00:00

A number of Women in Business (WIB) members of the WIB KwaZulu-Natal forum and the newly established Raisethorpe branch, visited Impendle to continue their efforts in uplifting living conditions for a group of women there.

Dentists Dr Ayesha Chotia (second from right) and Dr Yashna Ghela (left) offered their expertise to 42 children during a lesson in oral hygiene. They are pictured with two local women, Mazuma Bhengu (second from left) and Mandlelanga Ndlela. A variety of oral hygiene products were also donated. Contributions by other community members included foodstuffs by Save You Supermarket in Raisethorpe, toys, clothing and other items from concerned individuals in the midlands.

‘It was incredibly moving to see how something as small as a toothbrush and toothpaste could have such an enormous impact on 42 children who don’t even have chairs to sit on in their crèche,’ said Raisethorpe WID chairwoman Fameeda Kikia.

WIB targeted this area because community members have demonstrated a willingness and ability to initiate, operate and support local systems. The community consists mainly of women and children, many of whom are orphans.

The Impendle project is the core upliftment programme run by the Women in Business forum.

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