After completing her studies in Food Security and Agricultural Production at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Ndoni Mcunu enrolled at Wits University to pursue a PhD in environmental science with a focus on agriculture, food security and climate change.
She and her business partner, Mantombi Ngoloyi, realised that there is a lack of black women pursuing specialised sciences, as well a lack of integration into the community and a sense of inaccessibility.
“My interest in science was moulded through strong family support and exposure,” says Mcunu. “Without these two factors, I would have given up. Hence, Black Women in Science [BWIS] focuses on creating networks for all university students and rural young black women so that they can gain exposure and support to increase the number of women in science.