Sarah Collins had a lightning bolt of inspiration one night during one of South Africa’s blackouts and she knew just how she was going to change the world. Heat retention cooking, an ancient yet revolutionary technique that has been around for thousands of years. Enter Moshy Mathe, the founder of the NGO Youth For Survival. Soon after Sarah and her met, the creative sparks flew and she drew the design for the first Wonderbag on a napkin! A cute contraption you can use to continue cooking your food without electricity or using lots of wood for fire once it's on the go.
And so the Wonderbag was born to empower women to feed their families, generate an income, save them time, as well as allow them to cook in a healthier environment without the huge amount of health-damaging smog caused by indoor fire cooking. Today Youth for Survival not only trains women to sew Wonderbags, but also empowers the whole community. Mathe has also opened a shelter for abused women, where they can receive counselling and support to get back on their feet.