We are passionate about this project, that's for sure - but how did the team come together?
If we have not worked together in the same team for 4 years, partly in the financial area, then we are certainly related or married to each other. This creates a basis of trust and a sense of community, which are essential for a heart project.
Isabelle Tschugmall and Sofie Moens mostly live in Botswana and have taken care of the needs of the Motswana women (official name of the Botswana population). The idea was then carried home to Switzerland and without hesitation we were set up as a team.
And now? Well, we hope that with the help of you as a member we can make a difference in the lives of individuals in Botswana.
I am Isabelle Tschugmall, 30 years old and from Switzerland.
I originally studied business communication and changed to the African bush after ten years in the financial jungle. I am a trained Nature Guide & Trails Guide and mostly are around in Maun, Botswana myself.
In addition to the bush life, my heart blooms with music and writing (blog www.yishainthemiddle.com) and I'm a passionate entrepreneur.
Since we discovered a lack of female safari guides and then increasingly dealt with the topic of female empowerment, it quickly became clear to Sofie and me that we would like to focus not only on safari but also on women's support in Botswana in general.
My name is Melanie Tschugmall and I am on the Presidium of the NPO with my sister Isabelle. I have a background in tourism management and strategic marketing with a focus on behavioral economics.
Other passions of mine are travel, technology and trends as well as ballet.
When Isabelle came up with the idea, I was hooked. I strongly believe that if women and the next generation can be empowered in Botswana at the same time, we can make a lasting positive difference. The focus is on helping people to help themselves and is based on individual responsibility.
I am Sofie Moens, 39 years old and originally from Belgium.
I have been living in Cape Town for 12 years now. I originally studied business administration, accounting and taxes and am now a trained nature guide. I also mostly live in Maun, Botswana myself.
Being part of this NPO gives me a change to give something back to the communities we work with and help, if to a lesser extent, to change and improve the lives and future of amazing women and youth, that we encounter through our adventures.
In my free time I like to go triathlon and spoil myself with good food and wine.
Management Board Organisation & Controlling
My name is Kathrin Raab, I'm 42 years old. I am originally from Bavaria. I am married to Martin and 10 years ago we moved to our new Swiss adopted home. I studied banking and business administration. In Munich I worked for many years in the banking sector with a focus on lending and IT.
I got to know Isabelle and your non-profit organization through Martin. Her enthusiasm and passion for Botswana immediately infected me. I am therefore very happy to actively support you as an auditor. I am convinced that with your help we can make a big difference on a small scale.
Chief Financial Officer
My name is Martin Raab, I am 40 years old and have been working in the multinational banking and investment sector since 1996. The career positions include Germany, the USA and Switzerland.
My passion for the capital market brought me together with Isabelle in Zurich. As a well-rehearsed duo during our professional activity, our cooperation expanded rapidly - for Small Village Botswana!
I take care of the financial and investment issues at our non-profit organization. The clear focus is on the real impact on site. With our investments, we do not want a watering can principle or green washing, but permanent improvements. Targeted funding is our return.