At Mobenzi, we’re privileged to work with a team of intelligent, capable, successful, ambitious, driven and hard-working women. Each individual’s stories and experiences contribute positively to the Mobenzi culture. We’re all proudly unique, but unified by common goals, such as achieving work/life balance while simultaneously reaching company goals. We learn from each other, inspire each other and are also great friends.
“You are fierce, bold and daring. Also, the best when it comes to caring!”
It’s great working for a company that allows us the space to work flexible hours or part-time, and remotely. This gives the moms at Mobenzi the flexibility to do the daily school run, and to work from home when their child is sick. We’re also given the opportunity to choose what time we start and end our days based on numerous factors like traffic and child care, whilst still considering our team’s needs. It’s also wonderful to have other moms in the company who can provide advice and encouragement for everyday issues.
This gives the moms at Mobenzi the flexibility to do the daily school run, and to work from home when their child is sick.
We recently celebrated National Women’s Day in South Africa. The Mobenzi ladies celebrated by enjoying breakfast together, during which we were treated with delicious food and a thought-provoking talk, ‘The Secret to Happiness’. It turns out, being truly happy is actually pretty simple: it’s about being grateful.
There are a number of ways we can actively practice being grateful:
- Three good things: This gratitude exercise is best built as a daily habit. At the same time every day, think of three things you’re grateful for.
- A mindful walk: Set aside 20 minutes to take a walk outside each day. While walking, notice all the positive sights, sounds and smells around you. Take in details you may have missed before, like the intricate architecture of buildings or the smell of flowers and freshly cut grass. Take time to identify and acknowledge what is pleasurable about the thing you’re being mindful of.
- Give it up: We only truly appreciate something once it’s gone. By choosing to sacrifice anything from coffee and sugar to tech gadgets, we’re likely to appreciate it a lot more once we start enjoying it again.
- Random act of kindness: A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated action designed to offer goodwill towards the outside world. You could hold the door open for someone, tell a joke, leave a letter in a library book or even feed a hungry dog.
“The secret of happiness may be as simple as thanking people. Gratitude is humbling, and shows appreciation. True gratitude can bring you joy, and make you feel happy that you have been blessed with whatever you’re grateful for.”
At Mobenzi, we feel strongly about educating female learners about the endless career possibilities in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. We partnered with Code for Cape Town for Mandela Day this year, and presented a panel discussion to female learners about the various career paths in a tech company. We shared our individual stories of career progression and also gave the learners a taste of what Mobenzi is, what the company does and how we contribute to its impact. We also presented some real-world examples of how tech can be used for good by NGOs.
At Mobenzi, we feel strongly about educating female learners about the endless career possibilities in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
One of the projects close to our hearts at Mobenzi is the Uganda Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission (PMTCT) study. The study enrolls HIV-positive women who have recently given birth, with infants aged 4-12 weeks. The mother and her child are then monitored over an 18-month period to see if the infants were exposed to or infected with the HIV virus.
Studies like this highlight the importance of various interventions to prevent the transmission of HIV from an HIV-positive mother to her infant during pregnancy, labour, delivery or breastfeeding. Mobenzi developed the mobile app with which the field team collected data, and also provided a digital reporting dashboard with which their management team kept track of progress. The data collection phase is now complete and data cleaning/analysis has started.
And it’s not just the women of Mobenzi who are proud to be a part of this kind of work – we’re all equally inspired and motivated as Mobenzi employees to provide similarly meaningful outcomes to our clients.