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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TRAILBLAZERS -

Kayli, a copy­writer at M&C Saatchi Abel in Cape Town, de­vel­oped The Street Store with her col­league Max Pazak in 2014.The side­walk ‘pop-up store’ is stocked with do­nated cloth­ing to cre­ate a ‘shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence’ for the home­less.‘We re­alised that we needed to bring peo­ple to­gether to learn from one an­other and break through deep-set stereo­types, while mak­ing do­nat­ing easy, and re­ceiv­ing dig­ni­fied. And what bet­ter place to do so than on the street that they share?’ says Kayli.The con­cept has been so inspiring that peo­ple world­wide are host­ing their own Street Stores in their com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing in Canada, Bel­gium, Brazil, the US and Ghana. Af­ter los­ing her mother to HIV/Aids, Chido had to leave her school in Zim­babwe to help look af­ter her grand­mother and younger brother. Hav­ing learned the ba­sics about har­vest­ing mush­rooms in the bush from her grand­mother, Chido ed­u­cated her­self on mush­room cul­ti­va­tion and, un­der the train­ing of Bel­gian en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Gunter Pauli, started mush­room farm­ing two years later, along with 15 other or­phan girls. Learn­ing how to cul­ti­vate a large enough yield to sell, the small project be­came a sus­tain­able way for Chido to feed her fam­ily and she con­tin­ued work­ing closely with Gunter af­ter com­plet­ing her school­ing. In Fe­bru­ary 2014, Chido launched The Fu­ture of Hope foun­da­tion, which aims to equip or­phans world­wide with the skills to im­prove their lives. We’re host­ing an

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