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The Growth of Grace and Nelly: A Social Impact Approach to Period Poverty and Unemployment in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Room: Virtual Event - Zoom
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In this presentation, Ruvimbo Chimutsa will discuss her personal and professional experiences as the founder of the Grace and Nelly project. She will provide an overview of the origins of Grace and Nelly, discuss the early days of the project and talk about the scaling up that happened during her time in the Master of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Smith School of Business. Ruvimbo will share the insights she has gained as her project has expanded from distributing reusable menstrual pads to women in need, to building a community of female business leaders in Zimbabwe.

About Ruvimbo Chimutsa

Ruvimbo is a practicing lawyer and MMIE graduate. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, she moved to Canada at the age of 19 to continue her tertiary education and never left. Ruvimbo is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and in particular menstrual rights. In 2016, Ruvimbo founded The Grace & Nelly Project with the aim of creating opportunities for women and girls in rural communities to help them achieve their dreams.  She credits the knowledge and practical experience gained through the MMIE program and the Certificate in Social Impact with the rapid scaling up of The Grace and Nelly Project, which has expanded to address more broadly the ‘intertwined issues of period poverty and unemployment in Zimbabwe’.  

Michael Carter
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