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Portia's Story – How Bees are Changing South Africa

By Madeleine Lewis, Virgin Unite Storyteller

There are some amazing entrepreneurs who are turning everyday challenges into business opportunities. Portia Morudi is one of them.

Portia, like most people who grew up in the rural township of Winterveld in South Africa, used to think of bees as pests – the ceilings of her home used to cave in from the weight of their honey, which nobody used.

Portia, with the support of her grandfather, took the leap to leave her good job in a business school and start a honey business on her own.

Iliju Honey provides employment in this poor township, and it’s also encouraging these vital yet under-threat pollinators to thrive.

Watch Portia’s story and hear her ambitions for the future in our film above.

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week. Click here to watch a film about another inspiring entrepreneur from South Africa, Wandile Solombela.

Find out more about our Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship and how to support them.

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