Behind every strong businesswoman is a challenge she used as a stepping stone to success
This Women’s Month, we’re recognising women who have made a difference in their communities. We asked them a few questions about their business, the obstacles they faced, and the women who inspire them the most. Here’s what they had to say.
Nicci-Fay Niselow is the founder of Yogetta Kids and teaches yoga to special needs children aged between two and 18
While she was studying to become a teacher, Nicci discovered that she had a strong affinity with special needs children. Her company was founded in January 2018 based on a simple exercise she did to calm a class of children.
“In class one day, the children were extremely difficult to control. So I suggested time-out with some yoga exercises. The kids loved the activity and were much easier to handle afterwards. This also helped their concentration span. At the end of the day, they asked if we could do yoga again the next day.”
But their yoga mats aren’t the ones many of us are used to.
“I carefully designed my yoga mats. The printed markings help the students place their hands in the correct position and find the centre line of their bodies.”
She describes yoga legend, Tao Porchon Lynch, as her inspiration.
“At 100 years old, she is the oldest yoga instructor in the world and is currently teaching in New York. She inspires me to never give up and to continue to follow my dreams and share my knowledge.”
Another woman who refuses to be defined by her circumstances is Ursula Tocik
Ursula is a portrait photographer who specialises in glamour photography. She believes in helping women feel beautiful and discover their self-worth.
“Half of my body has been paralysed for seven years, following two severe strokes I had at the age of 39. Having physical difficulties after my strokes in 2012 and building a business online has been a challenge. To overcome this, I picked a social media platform and made sure that every day, no matter how I felt, I did something to pursue my dream. I was persistent and determined. Now my studio is up and running, and I’m in love with all aspects of my business.
“With a professional team of hair and make-up artists, we transform our clients in studio.”
Ursula said she draws her inspiration from former radio host, Samantha Cowen.
“She is the kindest person I know and she believes in empowering women. She is also hilarious and brilliant at everything she does.”
Adelaide Fyffe wears many hats
She is the director of a consultancy, FairExchange and The Colour Engine, a coaching and training business. She is also the chairperson and development director of digital marketing agency, NP Digital.
She said she had to fight for what she believes in.
“In the space of BBBEE, people constantly say they can’t find qualified, talented black staff. This statement and paradigm is racist and, therefore, wrong.
“I have made it my mission to prove all companies wrong by hiring qualified, talented black staff.”
Like any successful entrepreneur, she has had her fair share of challenges.
“Doing the work has been easy but getting paid and managing clients and staff is a huge challenge. But it makes you grow and become a skilled entrepreneur.”
Although she’s been an entrepreneur for years, she’s still inspired by other businesswomen.
“I’m inspired by all the women in my life, as well as Oprah Winfrey.”
These women overcame the fears that come with starting your own business. They only had a few resources at their disposal, but that didn’t hinder their progress. If you’re a woman in the business world, MiWay salutes you. Continue to live your way and inspire other women to do the same!
And remember, a business thrives on a positive attitude, hard work, and of course, business insurance to protect your valuable assets. Apply for an insurance quote today, save some money on your policy and continue to change the world.