Wonderbag creator receives Old Girls Award of Excellence

2017-06-28 06:01
Sarah Collins (left) receives the ‘Award of Excellence from Old Girls Guild member, Claire Hoatson.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Sarah Collins (left) receives the ‘Award of Excellence from Old Girls Guild member, Claire Hoatson.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THE St Anne’s Old Girls’ Guild recently awarded Sarah Collins (1987, Usherwood) with the award of excellence for her journey empowering impoverished women with the Wonderbag.

In 2008, during the blackouts that gripped South Africa, Collins had an idea - she had found her destiny and was about to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of women across impoverished areas of Africa.

Collins created the prototype for her heat-retention cooker, the Wonderbag. After food is brought to the boil, the pot is placed in the heavily-lined bag where it slow-cooks for up to eight hours.

“Finding firewood for cooking takes a huge amount of rural women’s time and gathering it is very dangerous.

“The wood fires used to cook then cause indoor pollution, a leading cause of death worldwide in children under five. Having the Wonderbag empowers women to feed their families, generate an income, and save them time,” explains Collins.

The Wonderbag eases the impact of health, social, economic and environmental problems facing Africa and developing countries. It enhances people’s quality of life by reducing time spent cooking.

This small home business has expanded into a global social impact business. It is a dual model company with the Wonderbag Foundation focused on distributing bags to the poor. Wonderbag factories produce hundreds of Wonderbags daily and a percentage of the proceeds from each Wonderbag purchased around the world is donated to the foundation, helping them distribute Wonderbags to poverty-stricken communities.

Collin’s new goal is to sell 100 million Wonderbags worldwide. With the sales of these Wonderbags, the foundation is committed to programmes that support the donation of bags to families in need, which act as catalysts for change.

Collins spent an afternoon interacting with the St Anne’s girls and shared much inspiration.

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