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Welcome to Swazi SHEROES

Swazi SHEROES + SOTENI International

Breaking the cycle of poverty and victimization is HARD work, no matter where in the world you are. When our Founder, Steve Driehaus, and his team were casting the vision that would become Swazi SHEROES, they knew it would take more than innovative programs to make their dream a reality. Steve approached NGO SOTENI International, whose mission at the time was to reduce the incidence of AIDS by empowering vulnerable communities to develop sustainable interventions. SOTENI leadership agreed that by joining forces, they could do more to empower women and mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa together. In 2020, Swazi SHEROES was launched as a program of SOTENI International. 

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As Swazi SHEROES’ fiscal sponsor, SOTENI provides vital back-office support, including accounting, banking, and marketing support. With SOTENI taking care of our financial and general administration, we can focus our efforts on empowering young Swazi women to become financially independent. 

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SOTENI International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in the United States and Kenya, with financial records overseen by independent auditors in both countries. SOTENI has over 20 years of experience in the fight against AIDS and has expanded its mission to breaking the cycle of poverty and disease by advancing entrepreneurship, health services, and wellbeing.

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Economic Empowerment is Our Goal

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Economically empower young women in Eswatini (previously known as Swaziland) in order for them to become financially independent and break the cycle of poverty that leads to continued victimization.


Change the economic system so the women of Eswatini are not forced to rely on transactional sex in order to escape poverty and create a network of women supporting women. 


The United Nations has cited that women’s economic empowerment is a promising strategy for overcoming vulnerability, but unfortunately around the world today women face a lack of economic opportunity within their communities that inhibits them from reaching their full potential. In the country of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, young women struggle to succeed in a society where they are consistently left out of full economic participation.

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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go further, go with others.

We want to go further for the women and girls of Eswatini so they can be the determiners of their own future. We can’t do it alone in a sustainable way, so we invite you to come with us. Volunteer today and make a positive impact in someone’s life.

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