I had the opportunity to travel outside of South Africa for the first time in my life through the help of the Foundation. Learning about different cultures in a totally new environment was an eye opener for me; it helped me immensely to grow my interpersonal skills, to learn how to deal with diversity. Being comfortable in multicultural groups has really shaped my career. On a personal note, the opportunity to travel to Europe taught me how to dream bigger. It showed me that opportunities are everywhere, I just need to open my eyes to see what is out there. I never imagined myself travelling outside of South Africa. Travelling to Europe also helped me appreciate the little we have in South Africa. Coming back home, I was motivated to start my own business to better my life and in the process helping my family and community. I aimed higher and I was motivated to not give up on my dreams.
With the business skills I acquired in my current work, I am not only able to support my family but I help a lot of people in my community. Helping others has always made my heart tick. I live by the philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’ = it’s important to give in any way possible. Many of my friends and family would not have achieved success if it was not for the kindness of others. I strongly believe in helping others reach their full potential.
In the beginning of this year I started a Child Care Centre in Montclair, Cape Town. This has been a strong passion of mine and would love to grown this business into neighbouring communities. Thus far I employ 3 single mothers from my community. I am very proud of this as they are now able to take care of themselves and their families.
Cindy Krawe works at the TSiBA Business School in Cape Town, South Africa as a graduate and student placements officer. She was awarded a scholarship by the Hanze University to participate in the Hanze Summer School “Doing Business in Europe” in 2014.