Kurandza Means "To Love": Behind the Scenes With Kurandza Co-Founder, Elisabetta

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

While planning our Summer Sisterhood Box, I was introduced to Kurandza co-founder, Elisabetta. I have to say, writing with Elisabetta was definitely one of those ‘instant connection’ moments. We have yet to meet in person and we hadn’t known each other before, but our souls felt like we’d known each other forever.

Sitting with Elisabetta was a hysterical reminder that making an impact in the world is not always comfortable or convenient-as we wrestled to connect from 8,200 miles away between internet cafes…but hey, connection isn’t always just about internet connectivity…right?! Just the thought of this special woman finding her way to an internet café to share some time and stories with us, is just a small insight into how generous Elisabetta is. We were thrilled to be able to steal some of her time and be able to share with you a behind the scenes look at how this incredible woman paved her current career into one of fulfillment and love.

SS) Elisabetta, thank you so much for connecting with us. I would love to know how you landed on your current career path with Kurandza?

EC) I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique for three years! When my assignment ended, I decided to start Kurandza as a way to continue supporting the community where I had worked and lived.

SS) That is so amazing, I had no idea that was what originally brought you to Mozambique! Since then, what would you say has been the most empowering moment in your journey with Kurandza?

EC) Seeing my counterpart, Percina, take control of leading our Mozambican team and all our programs on the ground was such an awesome moment. She became empowered to become a leader!

SS) Women empowering women..I LOVE that! What has empowered you personally to stay on this path through life’s inconsistencies?

EC) Whenever setbacks or challenges occur, I think about why I started and all the impact we’ve already created. Thinking about this helps me continue on this path.

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything that you have faced, all the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome.”

SS) That is an amazing reminder, thank you! With that in mind, what are the 3 most important things people should do or consider when charting new chapters in their lives?

EC) Hmm…there are so many things to consider, but I think that being true to yourself, helping not hurting everyone involved, and making a difference are super important.

SS) I love that when I ask that question, the focus is always in supporting others to go for their goals, to focus on why they started instead of focusing on reasons it won’t be easy. We all know it isn’t easy to go for your passion, but we also know it can work!

If you could give the next generation of women one piece of advice, what would it be?

EC) To love yourself! Self-love is so important as it enables us to see our brilliance and reach our full potential.

Thank you Elisabetta! We honestly could not have ended this conversation in a better way. Without previously discussing, Sisterhood Shopping had already decided to dedicate next quarter’s box to self-love and refueling, because we also believe it is so important in chasing your goals….like I said, two women who haven’t met and are already so connected!

To learn more about Elisabetta and the amazing things she is accomplishing with education opportunities in Mozambique, please check out their website.

With love from Mozambique and Washington, DC <3

Paola Berisso