A pair of social entrepreneurs are doing their part to help empower economically vulnerable women and boost employment.
Khanyisa Balfour and her business partner Bernice Roeland have founded TouchXperience, an on-site massage service that hopes to bring relief to high pressure workplaces.
The mobile business provides 15 minute seated massages and trains women in need of employment opportunities and flexible work hours.
The project aims to create work opportunities for women who are unemployed or underemployed and who lead female-headed households.
TouchXperience equips women with necessary technical massage training and life skills and has a trainer on board who is developing a unique curriculum.
The social enterprise is in the pilot phase and will run as a year-long accredited course from 2017.
After completing the course, women will be free to start their own businesses or outsource their services to TouchXperience.
Women can decide whether they want to look for work elsewhere or become freelancers we can tap into.— Khanyisa Balfour, social entrepreneur
The duo say they are devoted to empowering women and passionate about wellness and health.
They caution that unmitigated stress leads to unemployment and have challenged companies to take advantage of their services as a part of their organisational health programmes.
Balfour explains that she has combined her extensive experience in both the NGO and corporate space to develop this project.
60% of TouchXperience's revenue will go to the women who are employed and 40% will be invested back into funding resources for the organisation.
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Listen to the TouchXperience vision explained during the New Beginnings feature: