Environmental Entrepreneurship in South Africa, October 31st Sarah Collins, 4-5pm (STORYTELLING)
Sarah Collins is the South African-born founder and CEO of the Wonderbag, a non-electric, heat-retention cooker that reduces fuel used for cooking and, in developing countries, where over 3 billion people still cook food over an open fire, reduces the need for collecting firewood, mitigating the challenges of deforestation and indoor air-pollution. In addition to tackling environmental challenges, the Wonderbag empowers women in Africa and other developing countries, by addressing the key issue of “Time Poverty:” by reducing the need for collecting firewood, it allows women to have more time for education and work, as well as reducing exposure to rape and violence. The Wonderbag has also created over 10,000 WonderPreneurs, who have started catering businesses selling food or selling the bag to their communities. “Women in Africa are natural entrepreneurs, and if given more time, we have hard evidence of businesses being started, as well as women being able to spend more time in the fields growing much needed culturally-relevant and nutrient rich food,” says Sarah Collins.