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Graziela de Souza - Where the Universe Leads

Graziela de Souza - Where the Universe Leads

Graziela de Souza - Where the Universe Leads

Graziela de Souza has travelled the world working for the United Nations and the World Bank, to name two, and has bravely faced the wild frontier of Tete.

De Souza moved to Tete from Maputo with just US$10,000. She paid rent up front for six months and voila, the birth of Thee Deli, a delicatessen selling food products from around the world.

After many setbacks she also started a restaurant, La Bella Italia, which also includes outside catering for private functions.
She will go out of her way to find anything you need. She flies in sushi once a week for a customer, a small example of her dedication to serving the needs of the community.

As founder and current president of the Lions Club in Maputo, de Souza has worked to bring the club to Tete as well.
Juggling these businesses and being a single mum of three is not easy, but she does it with grace, dignity and a quiet strength in a very tough enviroment.

“I will not be afraid to go where the universe leads me,” she says. To all women out there, “get up and do something; don’t be afraid to try.”

Read more about  the Wonderful Business Women of Tete

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 08, March 2012)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Cahora Bassa & Tete