I’m a Business Development Officer and I’m responsible for driving business growth within the company. I develop a network of contacts to attract new clients, research new market opportunities and oversee growth projects.  We share the same vision and is dedicated to the mission. 

Please tell us a little more about yourself and your journey thus far.

I am a 44-year-old wife and mother of 2 boys. I started singing at the tender age of 4, studied and have been in corporate most of my life. However, the unprecedented experience has led me to some self-reflection and it provided me the opportunity to become clearer about what I need. In 2020 I found myself in a new environment at Outside The Bowl Africa, where making a difference daily is inevitable. It also allowed me the freedom to live out my passion as a part-time singer. 

Please tell us a little more about Outside The Bowl Africa.

Outside The Bowl Africa is an NPC that supports communities, creches, nongovernmental organizations and existing soup kitchens by providing a nutritional breakfast and nutritionally balanced hot meal for lunch for people of all ages.Loren Erasmus

Should you be busy with any interesting initiatives, please tell us a little more about it.  

We have an ongoing Hunger Campaign Initiative that was launched in March 2021 and in March we will be hosting a World Record Potjiekos project to feed 10 000 people on the day. 

What is it that you are passionate about?

I am passionate about music and as a vocalist, I will sometimes choose the type of music that really moves me the most.  I’m also passionate about making a difference and paying it forward in the lives of others.

Who or What has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

My mother and my husband. My mom taught me how to be independent and how to set goals to become a strong woman. Through positive and negative times growing up, I have used every experience as a life lesson, and something to grow from. My husband gave me freedom to pursue my career and he has never doubted me once in decision making thereof.

What is your personal “motto”?

“Never stop dreaming”.

What advice would you give a woman wanting to follow her dreams?

Assess whether your goal is achievable or what obstacles you might face. Encourage yourself to prioritize your actions to achieve your goal. it helps to write out your goals and plans, including any steps required to reach these goals. A Vision Board is very important to have!!

Who or what is your inspiration and why?    

There are many people who inspire me from different walks of life. People who have faced adversity head on and have shown both courage and bravery. Not giving up, but instead giving back.

What advice would you give your younger self?

“Always know your worth.” “The world is bigger than you think it is and your worries aren’t as important as you think they are, just be you.”

Your favourite daily affirmation:        

”Keep on moving and keep on praying until something happens”.

Your favourite quote:

“You are meant for greatness”.

Which book are you currently reading?   

Favour in the fight – The True story of overcoming impossible Odds.

Which book can you read over and over again?    

The secret.

What are your top 3 business tips?

  1. Find your “why”.
  2. Think of yourself as a lifelong learner.
  3. View every person you meet as a door that may lead to a new opportunity.

What would you say is your secret to success?

Attitude – Your attitude today determines your success tomorrow. Always give 100% of your effort in everything you do. NEVER GIVE UP.

One piece of (general) advice that you’d like to share:

Just be you. Life is too short to be someone else.
Always strive to do your best even if you feel like giving up at some point.
You are more than a conqueror.

Is there anything that Xtraordinary Women can do to assist you on your journey?

Please become a Hunger Hero by donating only R50 a month. It’s not just about feeding people, but doing so in a way that nourishes them.

Contact Information:
Website: https://outsidethebowlafrica.org/
Facebook Page: Outside the Bowl Africa
Instagram: @otbafricafeeding
Loren Erasmus
Outside the Bowl Africa

Submitted by: Clayton Morar Media