Developing independent women

2016-08-23 06:00
Jeannette Ouwenkamp equips the women in her community with skills. Photo: supplied

Jeannette Ouwenkamp equips the women in her community with skills. Photo: supplied

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LIVING with the motto “every woman should be independent”, 37-year-old Jeannette Ouwenkamp has made it her mission to equip the women in her community with skills in order to be self-sustainable.

With her company Tristye Cleaning, Ouwenkamp sources underprivileged women in the community and arms them with skills, knowledge - Aids awareness, health and safety and cleaning skills - and provides them with jobs.

“I make the women feel empowered as they learn to be independent and provide for their families.

“I also am associated with Bark Angel where we rescue, house, feed, clean and medicate stray, abandoned, injured, neglected and abused dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and spay and neuter when possible.”

In addition to all of this, the mother of twin boys supports Cansa and offers a free clean every month to a cancer patient.

She focuses on empowering women because she believes that every woman should be independent and be able to stand of her own feet and not rely on a man to provide for her.

“I hear too many stories about women that are abused and feel there’s no way out. I am trying to change this and give woman hope. And a better tomorrow.

“My main objective is to ensure that these women are self-reliant.”

Ouwenkamp said her role model has always been her grandmother, who taught her to always care and reach out to those less fortunate.

“I teach my children the same and they have this instilled in them.”

She said she is inspired by people who want to make a difference in others’ lives.

Women’s Month to Ouwenkamp is very important.
“Women have been through a lot throughout history and deserve to be celebrated. Let every woman know she is valued, important, and worthy of respect.

“Happy Women’s Month to all woman.”

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