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Tapping Into Women's Experiences in South Africa

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Ma Grace Masuku, a community health worker in South Africa, is interviewed for a radio program in New York City.

Ma Grace Masuku's approach to sustainable development is decidedly low-tech, even old-fashioned: She passes on knowledge she and other women learned from their mothers and grandmothers.

"We tap into the experience of the women there -- what they do best," said Masuku. "And what is important is that it's not something that she copied, it's something within her culture."

I did a little Internet digging on Ms. Masuku and found she recently received The Order of the Baobab in Bronze award from South African President Jacob Zuma for her work in environmental conservation. The award website has words of praise for Masuku:

Her undoubted vocation is organising women and the youth around her and showing them how to use the environment in a sustainable way. Her efforts to alleviate poverty, using her own brand of wisdom, have not gone unnoticed.

Ms. Masuku's initiatives include a leather-producing project, and a traditional herb medicine operation. Watch the video below to learn more about her philosophy and work.

This story is part of our Wednesday ViewChange video series.

 

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