Elisabetta, social entrepreneur, is founder of both Kurandza and the Global Dream Collective. She left the US when she was 24 years old and headed to Africa to volunteer with the peace corps in a rural village in Mozambique. She started her non-profit Kurandza to empower women in Mozambique through entrepreneurship and education and later the Global Dream Collective, a social impact consulting business, to support purpose driven women changemakers.
Can you explain how you make a living as a location independent entrepreneur?
I think the key to making a living as a location independent entrepreneur is to have several different revenue streams and to make some of them passive! I do business strategy consulting and mentorship, translating, and blogging. I also run Kurandza full-time. I have several projects going on at the same time and they can all be done remotely. This enables me to earn a living even while I’m away from my home base in the SF Bay Area, California!
Tell us a bit about Kurandza and what sparked your interest in social entrepreneurship.
Kurandza is a social enterprise non-profit that uses education and entrepreneurship to empower women and girls in eastern Africa to become leaders in their communities! Right now we’re in the middle of our #IStandForGirls campaign with the goal of bringing education to 100 girls in
Through my studies and internships in college and then joining the Peace Corps after college, I learned about social entrepreneurship and how it can be an innovative alternative to the traditional international development model. I think that social entrepreneurship can be used to create sustainable change in communities worldwide, while advancing self-sufficiency and empowerment.
What has been most challenging part of this journey for you?
The most challenging part was to keep on keeping on when faced with incredible challenges beyond my control. Challenges like natural disasters—a flood, drought, and a hunger crisis. Things like compassion fatigue and burnout. All of these challenges were there to show me how resilient I am and that I could shift models and come up with new ideas, coming out on the other side even stronger with more clarity than before.
You've created an online community through the Global Dream Collective, what inspired you to start it?
I’ve always valued community and the belief that we can all succeed when we come together in collaboration. When women started reaching out to me to ask for guidance about starting or growing their own social enterprises, ethical fashion companies, and non-profits, and how to live a location-independent lifestyle, I decided to create a community to share my experiences, knowledge, and tips with them, and also foster sharing between other group members. It’s been amazing and so fun!
After running a number of successful crowdfunding campaigns, do you
have any tips for you can share?
Yeah I have a ton of tips! Some of my favorites are:
1) Utilize your entire community by leveraging your existing network
2) Identify individuals who will commit to contributing to your cause on the first day to create strong momentum from the get-go,
3) Schedule complimentary offline events to boost your campaign (because it’s not ALL about the online campaign)!
What are your future goals for yourself and your business?
So many! For Kurandza, I want to create a leadership academy and vocational school for girls in Mozambique. I also want to continue spreading my message of using your strengths and voice to be a greater force for good in the world, both through my writing and with speaking around the world! I’m excited to continue building a community of change-makers and inspire them to make a greater difference in the world!
Being location independent gives you the freedom to travel as you please, do you have a favourite destination?
Wow! Picking one favorite location?! That’s nearly impossible. I would say that Mozambique, Italy, NYC, and California are my homes, so I have a special place in my heart for those places, but also Tulum, Mexico and Brazil are some of my faves.
What does your daily routine look like?
No two days look the same because I travel so much, but when I’m either at my home base in San Francisco or Mozambique for a few months at a time, I can get more settled into a routine! No matter where I am, I love to start my day off with gratitude, meditation, and setting an intention for the day. I also love practicing yoga every day!
What is the best advice you ever got?
No matter what other people do, YOU do the right thing! It’s similar to MLK’s “The time is always right to do what is right”.
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