BRING CHANG LOWVELD 2017: WINNER AIMS TO EMPOWER WOMEN

MBOMBELA - This year’s Bring Change Lowveld winner, Ms Lizelle Grobler, will be empowered to, in turn, empower the community.

As the winner of this coveted title, she will complete a mentorship program during which 10 of the Lowveld’s top entrepreneurs will empower her with pearls of wisdom. According to Grobler, these pearls will be strung together to benefit women and children who have suffered from abuse. The name of the venture through which they seek to do this, is the Trinity Foundation. This nonprofit organisation (NPO) will be central to a women’s safe haven to be erected in the city. Grobler’s vision was reduced to paper in the form of a business plan, which was presented to the judges who chose her as the winner. In September last year, she was also awarded the 2016 SACBW Business Woman of the Year Award as emerging entrepreneur. Through winning this award Grobler became known for her entrepreneurial expertise. She is also the owner of Iqiniso Forensics Investigations and well known in that industry for her involvement in the fight against rhino poaching. Her vision for Trinity Foundation’s Nelspruit Haven has two phases. Firstly it will be a self sustainable business in the form of a women-oriental mall. “Stylish stores with women’s clothing, beauticians, hairdressers, coffee shops, fitness center’s, therapists and a children’s play area will make the mall a family friendly hangout and a hub of tranquility. In this oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city, women will be able to spend some quality time. It will also be home to a very classy conference and wedding venue, focusing more on outside functions. The venue will be located in beautiful water feature gardens. Phase two will be the safe haven where victims of abuse will be accommodated. “We will help them to find their way back to a normal, happy life, free of abuse,” she said. “The NPO will need initial funding to get it off the ground and sustain it. I trust that the mentoring process will open some doors to much needed advice and exposure,” she said. Grobler is very excited about the Bring Change Africa final, during which the overall winner from various regions will end up spending three days on Necker Island with business tycoon Richard Branson. “He has always been one of my ultimate idols, seeing as we share a vision: Being successful is not so much about what you obtained or achieved in life; it’s using what you learned, gained and achieved, your knowledge and your resources for the benefit of others.”

 

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