Sarah Collins, the founder and chief executive officer of Wonderbag, is a female entrepreneur and climate change warrior who inspires other women to excel.
That’s the view of the Community Chest, which expressed its gratitude to Collins for giving the organisation the chance to distribute 60 000 Wonderbags as part of its 60th anniversivary.
A Wonderbag is a revolutionary cooking product based on heat retention cooking.
The non-electric bags are made up of lab tested chipped-foam, housed in colourful, African-inspired printed fabrics, with a cover to retain heat.
This “simple yet ingenious product” allows the food, once it’s been brought to the boil by conventional cooking methods, to continue cooking for up to 12 hours inside the Wonderbag.
“Over 130 NGOs across KwaZulu-Natal benefited from reselling Wonderbags to generate an income and sustain themselves, more especially in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Community Chest said in a statement.
“As a result of this initiative, the 130 NGOs collectively generated R1,8 million to use to sustain their operations.”
The organisation also thanked Wonderbag facilitator Lisa Wimble, who helped to ensure the success of the project.
In recognition of the valuable work that the Community Chest does, Collins also signed Wonderbag up as the newest Red Feather Legacy member.
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A plaque honouring the Wonderbag/Community Chest initiative has been mounted on the Wall of Honours at the Community Chest office in Stranack Street, Pietermaritzburg.
Collins, who grew up in rural, apartheid-era South Africa in the 1970s, said her childhood experiences inspired her life’s work, which is to empower women who live below the poverty line, using grassroots level efforts.
On her return to Africa from the United Kingdom, she first launched and operated a horseback riding safari business in Botswana before turning her attention to a variety of community initiated projects.
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“The Wonderbag is potentially a revolutionary product which can change the face of Africa and create a life changing impact in homes across the world.
”It is both an environmentally and socially impact driven business, not only creating economic growth per household but also generating Carbon-credits by reducing CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions from cooking fuels,” said Community Chest. For details about the Red Feather Legacy Project contact Angie at 072 791 0311 or e-mail her at email@example.com) or contact Richard Rangiah at 082 571 1770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.