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WOMEN IN COFFEE

OPENING A NEW WORLD

ABOUT US

Women In Coffee is a movement for female professionals seeking to develop and expand social and business networks internationally as well as experience amazing coffees and learn of remarkable cultures from across Africa. 

Inspired by long-time philanthropist and seasoned business woman Rachel Mathabo Kunene and her global network of friends 

Women In Coffee's mission is to continue to empower and inspire African women from around the world  

OUR FOUNDER

HER STORY

Mathabo Kunene was born in 1950’s Apartheid South Africa. She drew her strength and inspiration for activism as well as business from her parents and the school that they built, to combat the “bantu education system” still stands as testament to their legacy.

 

Mathabo left South Africa to eventually graduate from UCLA,  build a home and launch her first business  "House of Isis Catering" paying homage to the Egyptian Goddess of love, healing and fertility. Mrs. Kunene's culinary services company was developed from the ground up, growing to eventually servicing clients from the Pop Icon Michael Jackson to the late Anti-apartheid President Nelson Mandela. 

 

On her return to South Africa in 1993, Mrs. Kunene actively expanded her business engagements opening two multi-million dollar women's investment firms, Akhona (the largest female empowerment  group in KZN at the time) and Nandi Heritage.  Mrs. Kunene would go on to be an appointed to the board of Ikhwezi Lomso Laundries, A division of the Bidserve group, Business Women’s Federation, KZN; Women in Oil and Energy South Africa (WOESA), Gauteng, Women in Dialogue (SAWID), PBM Petroleum Services (Pty) Limited as well as the multi-billion dollar Bidvest Group. 

 

Throughout her life the parallel thread of activism has remained close to her heart. Mrs. Kunene was actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles and established community organizations, protests and sit-ins even testifying before Congress about predatory housing practices that targeted the African American community.

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ABOUT US

Having built a vast network of dynamic collaborations the Women In Coffee network is a natural expansion of Mathabo's passion for excellence. 

Mrs. Kunene's philanthropic contributions and social development work over the years has drawn partnerships with organizations including the Airports Company of South Africa, the Women's Development Bank, the United States Government, UCLA Black Alumni, the Woolworths Group and many, many more.   

Join the opportunity to enjoy hand-selected signature coffees as you engage, contribute and accelerate your own international business networks and relationships together with the Women In Coffee.