Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Nyasha Gwatidzo. AIRED JULY 12-18TH
Nyasha Gwatidzo was born in Zimbabwe and gained a degree in Chemistry from London University. She then went on to retrain at Reading University and gained an MA, to work with adults and children with emotional issues. She is a qualified psychotherapist, social worker, coach and mentor.
She is a serial social entrepreneur, working with disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. She runs a multi-million pound social enterprise Banya, which finds foster families for children in the care of local authorities.
She founded a charity in the UK, Vana Trust which raises funds for children affected by HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe, supporting their education. The Trust also supports adults and young people here in the UK who have learning and emotional difficulties, through her therapeutic organic farm in Buckinghamshire.
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Nyasha wrote a book in 2015 “Walk With Me through 16 Inspirational Business and Life Tips” and is following that up with a 300 mile walk across Zimbabwe in July 2016.
Due to the unrest in Zimbabwe and expected issues surrounding travel around the country, Nyasha Gwatidzo, John Usher, Liam Garcia and Thandi Haruperi have regrettably had to postpone their fundraising trip for Vana Trust until 2017.
However, they are not giving up and now plan to walk the 300 miles from Bumi Hills to Chihota in Zimbabwe from 27th May to 29th June, 2017.
They are all very grateful for the support you have shown them so far and the donations received, which will go towards the ongoing fundraising campaign for the Zimbabwe walk in 2017, raising funds for a new field shelter at the UK farm and a science block and repair of borehole at St David’s School in Zimbabwe.
Her vision for the future is to forge global connections with women in the developing world who inspire her everyday. She would like them to reach economic independence through enterprise and she currently mentors women starting up in business.
Her current project is World Impact Capital(WIC) which is a 100 million pounds social impact investment fund for African women entrepreneurs/leaders. This fund will fund their enterprises to grow their businesses as well as hands on business support.
Nyasha has won a variety of business and community awards. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and has three adult children. She has one grandson.