Sesi Cathrine Twala

Shine For Hope Developers

What does your company do?

Shine For Hope Developers (S4HD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering holistic growth and empowerment within the community. Our initiatives encompass education, technology, arts and cultural performance, sports, and nutrition. Through our after-school program, we provide academic support, access to technology, and opportunities for creative expression in arts and culture. Additionally, we promote physical well-being through sports and nutrition, emphasizing the importance of balanced meals. Our comprehensive approach aims to nurture well-rounded individuals, equipping them with the tools and support needed to thrive academically, socially, and physically.

What is your biggest success?

My greatest achievements include receiving recognition at the Vita Basadi Awards 2022, where I was honored with awards for "Unsung Legend" and "Community Builder Runner-Up." These awards exemplify the impact of my dedication to community building and the significant contributions I made to the betterment of society. I take immense pride in the success stories of the students who have been part of our program and are now pursuing higher education at the university level. Their achievements stand as a testament to the effectiveness of our programs and the tangible difference we are making in the lives of young individuals. I am proud to have created employment opportunities for nine individuals without relying on external funding. This accomplishment highlights my commitment to fostering economic empowerment within our community and my ability to generate meaningful job opportunities.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Lack of funding limits S4HD ability to expand its reach and impact within the community, hindering it's potential for growth and development. Encountering difficulties in establishing strategic partnerships and engaging in long-term planning due to the absence of financial backing.This hurdles may require me to do more innovative approaches to fundraising, resource allocation, and building sustainable, value-driven initiatives that resonate with the community.