Episode 091

Rumbi Bvunzawabaya

Live a life of service to empower others

November 3, 2019
activists
philan
business

Episode Overview

“I am beautiful, bold, courageous and tenacious.” – Rumbi Bvunzawabaya

She’s a Solicitor, Speaker, Author and Social Activist.

Spurred by seeing the mistreatment of women in her native Zimbabwe, Rumbi Bvunzawabaya was inspired to become a lawyer so she could address some of the injustice she saw growing up. But due to the economic and political situation in Zimbabwe at that time, she was forced to move to the United Kingdom with her husband.

Arriving in UK, she was shocked by the shoddy legal services being provided to migrants, and so she and her husband decided to set up their own legal practice.

Rumbi quickly realised that her relationship with her clients needed to expand beyond just being their lawyer – they needed help with settling into the country, especially after having been separated as families. And so she and her husband started Migrant Family Support to provide parenting, marriage and bereavement support to immigrants.

Rumbi and her husband have also recently started a series of ‘Freedom’ events aimed at empowering people to break free of past life events that are holding them back from achieving their true potential.

“We go back, so that we could move forward. That’s what we do. I’m vulnerable, I’m open. That leads other people to be open and vulnerable. We go where not many people want to go, and we talk about those issues that you’re not usually encouraged to talk about.” – Rumbi Bvunzawabaya

Rumbi was candid about her life and the challenges she has faced, especially coming from a culture where speaking about domestic issues is taboo. She shared how witnessing domestic violence in her own family, as well as being raped as a young girl, affected her self-confidence and her marriage. She also shared how she was able to make peace with herself through writing her book ‘Girl in the Mirror’ which talks about her experiences.

Since my conversation with Rumbi, she and her husband have sold their law practices to focus on the various programs they have established to help migrants, as well as people in her home country of Zimbabwe.

“What I love is the people. For me, providing a solution to the people, that’s what motivates me and that’s what I get up for every morning.”  Rumbi Bvunzawabaya

If you’re interested in supporting the work that Rumbi is doing through Tugwi Trust, please consider sponsoring a child. You can get in touch with Tugwi Trust through their Facebook Page.

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • What inspired Rumbi to become a Solicitor
  • The role faith and spirituality play in her life and the work she is doing
  • What it’s like being business partners and working together with her husband
  • How Rumbi’s family responded to her writing a book about her childhood experience with domestic violence
  • How she was able to find forgiveness for her father after his death
  • The inspiration behind her and her brother starting a foundation to help young Zimbabweans
  • Her vision for where she sees herself for the next 5 years
  • What brings Rumbi the most joy
  • What she can’t get through the day without
  • What she wishes she had more of in her life
  • What Rumbi’s ‘I am…’ is



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