#SHE: Rutendo Macherera

#SHE: Rutendo Macherera

I feel powerful when: Whenever I am wearing heels, I’m very conscious of my power haha
Icons/ who inspires you: Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Dr Margaret Macherera and every other lady that is working hard and achieving goals
Best advice I have ever received: Read the word of God, it will sustain you in times of trouble
Happy Place: When I’m meditating on great things to come or when I’m eating good food haha
Motto: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” – Apostle Paul. Basically, I will never fail!
Most used app: Depends on the day
IG handle: __rutendo_

What do you do and what was the journey to get here?
I am a Software Engineer (just graduated). Professionally however, I also founded an organization called InThePink, a non-profit that is aimed at providing food and other essentials to children in orphanages in Africa and also helps youths with self-development and motivation. I also have a podcast called Popcorn Wine podcast. In this, I basically talk about building yourself up and starting things that you should start. I share motivational words and my journey to starting all these things and running them.

To answer the second part of the question, I would say I had always wanted to start a non-profit even when I was in high school, but it was never easy for me to do it. There was always something stopping me, I guess it wasn’t the right time. However, when I came to university, I had a wonderful mentor at that time that pushed me to start, because you will never really feel ready to start, and we launched the organization.

How would you define a true African woman?
What I have come to realize these days, and this applies to every woman out there not just Africans, that we are fierce beings who can surely achieve the goals we set. We can do more than we think we can, if only we could look at ourselves with a different set of eyes, then we would realize our potential and the power that lies within.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by a number of things but I will say this, people who stretch themselves and fully explore their potential and not only just work hard, but achieve mad goals, those people inspire me to wake up and do better than I did the previous day!

What is your end game and how do you think your efforts change the game or make a difference?
I cannot really say everything, however ultimately, I’m going to a legend.

Have you ever struggled with feeling the need to reach unrealistic expectations of perfection or making it? If yes, do you have a way to move past those feelings?
Definitely, if you are a dreamer, at some point you will definitely think you are now going crazy and over doing it haha. But what helps me is actually achieving those unrealistic goals because it makes the rest of the goals look a little less crazy. If I was able to achieve the first, then I can surely achieve this one.

If we could walk a day in your shoes, what is one thing you would say to encourage us to take on a typical day in your life?
Meditate on good outcomes for whatever you are working on.

Any last words of advice to the African woman?
Love yourself, realize your potential and stand up, start doing something. Nobody is useless, someone somewhere needs you.

By Adelaide (@captainesstreats)

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