1960s
Born in a rural village, Wedza, Zimbabwe. Started babysitting for village family from the age of 4
1970s
Arrived in UK, Sheffield on a freezing cold February morning
1983
Finished A Levels and came to London to study chemistry. Lambeth Women in Mind.
1983–1990
Treasurer of Zimbabwe Women’s Network
1987
Got my degree in Chemistry and enrolled to do a PhD at Imperial College London
1987
Started Hoxton Health Collective – first ever GP Practice run as a collective
1988
Completed literature research for my PhD thesis but decided solid chemistry was not my passion
1988-1990
Started and completed Gestalt Therapy and Contribution Training at Pellin Institute, London
1991-1993
Fostered for Westminister
1992
Started first social enterprise – Imba, a therapeutic children’s home. Separated from Matthew
1995
MA in Therapeutic Childcare from Reading University
1996
Set up Friendly-ear, an online counselling and therapy service
1996
The Guardian selected me as one of the top 100 influential women in London
1997
Diploma in social work from Open University – qualified as a social worker as I needed this qualification to start my next enterprise – Banya, an independent fostering agency
1997
Banya started with four Imba staff who become my first foster carers for Banya
1998
Won my first “Business Award” from the Federation of Black Women Business Owners at Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London
2003
Founded Vana Trust, a charity that helps children in the UK and Africa
2006
Attended Cranfield’s Business Growth Development Programme
2009
Won Lambeth’s “Social Enterprise of the Year” award
2009
Marked having placed 1,000 children with Banya
2010
Won “Businesswoman of the Year” from Sue Ryder Foundation
2012
Nominated for “Zimbabwean Businesswoman of the Year” by Zimbabwe Achievers Awards in London
2012
Vana Trust won a “Community Award” from Zimbabwe Achievers Awards in London
2013
Nominated for “Businesswoman of the Year” by South African Chamber of Commerce
2014
Walked the length of the River Thames for 16 days for Vana Trust
2014
Started World Impact Capital, a social impact fund to assist women’s enterprises in the SADC region to grow their businesses
2016
Won “Purpose Excellence Role Model” award at the Women of Purpose Awards
“Humanitarian Award” Finalist in ZIWA Awards 2016
Voluntary work:
Zimbabwe Women’s Co-operative Treasurer
Kingston Women’s Centre Founder Member
Lambeth Women’s Centre Centre Worker
Lambeth Women In Mind Counsellor Volunteer Coordinator
South London BAC branch Treasurer