This is the second of a two part launch episode in which we introduce you to the women behind Change Making Women.

TOPICS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE

  • What Nia is and how it has cured Mary Ann’s problems with her back
  • Working on disability and children and young people as Director of AbleChildAfrica
  • Working on mental health and illness in Tanzania as Regional Representative for BasicNeeds
  • Getting burnt out trying to make a difference
  • The on-line community Mary Ann is working to establish for Change Making Women
  • How making a difference can start where we live
  • What food Mary Ann says she could eat for the rest of her life!

Some quotes from the show:

On finding Nia –
‘I’m in her class and I’m like, I wanna do this, this great, I love it, I love it!’

On teaching Nia:
‘I tell my students, here’s a movement, but follow your body’s way with it, so if that doesn’t feel go for you, adjust the movement….
Get used to how the music makes you wants to move and just feel your way with it’

‘It’s a really go balance with a lot of the other stuff I do which is more in your head’

‘For me personally, it was just like, I can’t do this anymore, there is mixed feeling on the inside’

‘Maybe I don’t actually have to take so much responsibility on myself and think that this is all my thing to solve’

‘What I am really wanting to do now is really support other people that are working in the NGO sector to really kind of basically look after themselves so that they do have the energy’

‘People always look from the outside and they load this ‘your so amazing’ thing on you but the reality of your work can still be hard work, a lot of travel, and a lot of not being with your family and personal struggle’

‘I am working on setting up a community for women who want make a difference which will offer them support so that they can kind of make sure that they are doing their work to make a difference in a way that’s healthy for them – It’s giving people a bit of space to step back from the daily grind of their work’

‘If you wanna make a change you don’t have to travel a thousand miles you can just start with your neighbour’

‘I do miss the food, I could eat Pilau and Chapatis for the rest of my life!’

This is the first of a two part launch episode in which we introduce you to the women behind Change Making Women.

TOPICS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE

    • What Kipilipili means and why Ziada believes it is so important to love your natural hair
    • How Kipilipili has grown organically from a simple idea about sourcing products to a business with a change making mission behind it
    • Working with a partner  – and tips about how to make it work if you are already friends
    • The huge importance and benefits – of listening to your audience
    • How Ziada is maximising social media channels to expand the impact of Kipilipili
    • Mixing making a difference with a business that provides what real women actually want

Some Quotes from the show:

‘Love your natural hair’

We are learning as we go along – it’s been a beautiful journey so far’

‘Especially Instagram is really big in Tanzania, people do business on Instagram a lot’

‘What we are really telling you is not to alter your natural hair, you don’t have to change yourself’

‘We are very much data driven, our inspiration comes from women who give us feedback’