Murunwa Mutele

I AM SHE

What does your company do?

Our organization, I Am SHE, is dedicated to empowering young girls in marginalized communities, particularly in Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa. We focus on ensuring that these girls have the opportunity to attend school without hindrance during their menstrual cycles by providing menstrual hygiene products and education. Additionally, we work on promoting equality in schools, providing resources to end gender inequality, and collaborating with other organizations to create accessible community assistance. Our goal is to create a world where being a woman is not an obstacle to creating change.

What is your biggest success?

One of our greatest achievements has been witnessing the transformative journey of a beneficiary from grade 10 to university. Being the first girl in her family to complete matric and gain admission to a top university in South Africa, her success is a testament to the impact of our organization. Hearing her story of how our support helped her focus and motivated her to succeed is incredibly rewarding. Knowing that our efforts inspired her to empower other girls and contribute to our cause amplifies the significance of our achievement in creating lasting change and empowering future generations.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Our biggest hurdle has been self-funding in the past two years. As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on donations and grants to sustain our operations and carry out our mission effectively. Limited financial resources often restrict our ability to scale our programs, reach more beneficiaries, and address the growing needs of the community. Despite this challenge, we remain committed to finding innovative ways to generate funds and leverage partnerships to overcome financial obstacles and continue making a positive impact in the lives of those we serve.