“Every girl, no matter where they live, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.” Michelle Obama
Last year SDC, (a specialist skills development organisation) partnered with Fix Moeti; social entrepreneur and DJ Fix from 5FM for ‘The Fix SDC Learnership Programme’. The programme has been designed to identify female leaders that want to improve their business skills and be part of the Fix Scholarship Women’s Mentorship that includes life and business coaching by Fix Moeti and SDC.
The ladies who were selected to participate in ‘The Fix SDC Learnership Programme’ are all empowered young women who wanted to further their studies, create change and make a difference in their communities. Each applicant has their own, unique vision for their future within their communities.
We caught up with the applicants and this is what they had to say:
Darnell Reed Dhavaran who can be described as a confident young social entrepreneur is completing a NQF level 4 Project Management Course which she believes will help her gain a competitive advantage in the business world. She says, “this programme and the positive learning environment at SDC has afforded me the opportunity to reach both my personal and professional goals which I hope to one day use to mentor future aspiring female entrepreneurs.” Darnell encourages young women to challenge their fears and let resilience be the basis of achieving excellence.
Busi Tshegofatso Mdluli who is busy completing her NQF level 3 Business Administration course, believes that she would not be where she is today had she not been selected for this learnership with Fix and SDC. Not just because of the skills she has acquired, but also because of the people she has encountered along the way. Busi urges all aspiring social entrepreneurs to never be ashamed of telling their story, because someday it will inspire others.
Another applicant that made it through the selection process is Nonkululeko Khumalo, who is currently finishing off her NQF level 4 Project Management Course. Post the course completion, Nonkululeko plans to start a training school in technology. She says that, “I loved getting to work with a group of supportive, like-minded female entrepreneurs which have opened my eyes to the importance of networking.” She believes that if we want to see women grow and excel in the workplace, we need to help each other by sharing knowledge and supporting one another.
Andile Alexius Mnguni, who is already doing some work in her community for ROAR SA is completing her NQF level 4 Project Management Course. Andile describes her journey as an eye opener to the inequities that still exist within South Africa for young, female entrepreneurs. Through this learnership and her work with ROAR SA - a group that aims to empower children through public speaking, Andile is more determined than ever to forge ahead with her entrepreneurial dreams that she hopes will also enrich and inspire other young women to become unstoppable.
Fix Moeti, Chief Executive and Founder of the Fix Scholarship says, “I am a true believer in encouraging female entrepreneurship and leadership that leads to positive social impact through education. Working with the 2020 Fix SDC Learnership alumni ladies has been so inspiring for me and others that have been part of this journey. I have faith that these young ladies have what it takes to make a change within their communities. The Fix Scholarship is a NPO that offers female social entrepreneurs the opportunity to bring their solutions that address urgent social development challenges in their communities, to life.
The next The Fix SDC Learnership Programme will be announced within the next few months but for more information on SDC, get in touch via the SDC Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn pages.