Zinhle Six launches Rich Mommy Foundation to help women of Wesselton and surrounding townships become financially independent

Ms Zinhle Six is ready to help disadvantaged women find financial freedom with her Rich Mommy Foundation.

Ms Zinhle Lorraine Six is on a mission to help disadvantaged women in Wesselton and surrounding townships.

This new mother is a step closer to achieving her dream after she began the Rich Mommy Foundation.

It is a non-profit organisation that aims at equipping women, especially mothers, with skills to tackle the world of employment.

However, it is not just another run-off-the-mill NPO, and recognises that in order to build, a foundation must first be laid.

Ms Six has come up with a unique way of rehabilitating women, of releasing them of emotional, physical and financial burdens by offering counselling, self-growth and self-esteem building workshops.

“We are going to work with professionals to help women with all the pent up emotions that they have been carrying around for so long,” said Ms Six.

She is alluding to the fact that women in townships experience a lot of emotional, physical and financial trauma because of their surroundings and way of life.

“Once the women are in a better head space, we begin to arm them with knowledge and skills with the focus more on entrepreneurship.”

Ms Six is adamant and stands by her belief that owning one’s business is a way of achieving financial freedom.

Her goal is to change the mindset of women in townships and to teach them and usher them into a world where they are employers instead of employees.

“We are tapping into all kinds of business sectors, from hairdressing salons to the food industry and fashion.”

Ms Six wants women to find their talent, whether it is doing hair or dancing, and to use it to their advantage.

Though her idea is great on paper, there have been challenges with women finding it hard to change their ways.

Ms Six said it is extremely difficult to get a woman who is dependent on a partner to change.

“We are so used to this mentality that we are the weaker sex and life is so much easier with the man being in charge, but I am trying to point out there is an alternative.”

Ms Six is not a man hater, but believes if a woman brings her own to the table, it makes for a happier relationship.

The foundation will have support groups, including single mothers and gender-based violence victims, where women can share their experiences and information and find solutions to better themselves.

Her ultimate goal is to alleviate poverty in townships and to build women into independent beings.

Ms Six will be doing all this and still work a nine-to-five job.

However, she believes that working in a male-dominated industry has equipped her with nerves of steel and the ability to handle most things that come her way.

A chemical engineer by profession, Ms Six has beauty and as much brain as brawn.

As the middle child with two brothers, she makes her voice heard at home and in the workplace.

Ms Six has always been a business-orientated woman, looking for the next idea and making a success of it.

This was evident when she was nominated for the Woman of the Year award of the Women in Business Mpumalanga awards.

She will be officially launching the foundation in August in time for Women’s Month.

“The Rich Mommy Foundation will be a platform for women from all walks of life to come forward and claim their independence,” said Ms Six.

  AUTHOR
Amanda Mthembu
Journalist

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