Batetshi Matenge

Girl Unlimited Educational Foundation

What does your company do?

Girl Unlimited Educational Foundation empowers girls through education, skills development, mentorship, and various programmes designed to foster personal growth and success. The foundation's mission is to cultivate a supportive environment where girls can excel academically, socially, and personally. Girl Unlimited equips girls with the tools and resources necessary to succeed, including successful completion of tertiary education. Through a holistic approach to empowerment, the foundation aims to eliminate barriers to education and cultivate young women who will make a significant impact on both their communities and the world.

What is your biggest success?

Our foundation proudly celebrates a significant milestone: the graduation of our inaugural cohort of matriculants at the close of 2023. Achieving a remarkable 100% pass rate, every one of our girls has secured acceptance into tertiary institutions. This success underscores Girl Unlimited's robust relationship with stakeholders, a testament to years of dedicated collaboration and program excellence that have earned deep trust and bolstered our community standing. Our strategic use of resources directly benefits the girls we serve, attracting increased support and amplifying our mission's reach. By continuing to foster these invaluable relationships and celebrate our milestones, we aim to expand our impact, creating enduring change for even more girls seeking educational opportunities and support.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

One of the primary challenges facing the foundation is securing sustainable funding to expand its programmes. The organisation recognises that stable financial support is essential for sustaining its initiatives and scaling its efforts effectively. Overcoming this obstacle requires strategic planning, fundraising endeavours, adept grant applications, and cultivating fruitful donor partnerships to ensure operational continuity and amplify societal impact. Despite these challenges, the foundation remains committed to empowering girls through education and personal development. By addressing funding constraints, fostering collaborations, and advocating for girls' rights, the foundation can continue positively impacting the lives of the girls they serve.