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On High Heels in Africa

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She stood with her Louis Vuitton heels firmly on the plush carpet. Had a view of the most beautiful
part of Amsterdam. And coached top-level people. Until the day she heard herself ask that question
again: “Are you living your biggest dream?”. And her own answer shocked her.
Chantal Heutink left the fast-paced Amsterdam lifestyle behind for a new reality in the laidback
culture of Kenya. She exchanged her perfectly styled coupe for Bo Derek dreadlocks and left her
design house for a matrass in the overcrowded bedroom of three Kenyan sisters.
What was left, was her relentless ambition: for every girl in Kenya to go to school, even on her red

Chantal Heutink is known as ‘the lady in red dealing with the red issue.’


She successfully set up a social business in Kenya and founded I-Care: washable sanitary napkins for a continent full of young dreams. No longer eyes full of defeated shame in the half-empty classrooms, but a generation of young women with their heads proudly held up high. An indispensable book for anyone that lives and has dreams, chases after or should let go. It breaks taboos from the hopeful beginning to the bitter end, and beyond. Chantal Heutink is known as ‘the lady in red dealing with the red issue’. A blond businesswoman in heels that did everything for her ambition, except walk barefoot through the dust.


Author of Who Am I, Women Power and The Week

‘The vulnerable force. The book that you wish for yourself and for other women, from the bottom of your heart. Full of fiery connections. A passionate thrill. Chantal Heutink will blow you off your heels.’


Bestselling author and publisher

‘Chantal Heutink has it all; a beautiful, feminine appearance, a strong relatable story with falling and standing up again, a good pen, perspective, and a big heart for the world. She has put her business skills at the service of a good cause. Not with woollen socks, but with a
woman’s suit and on high heels. With the same flair, she now releases her book to the world. A book that is an inspiration to all those women who seek a meaningful existence, who want to take the step but have not dared yet, a book that hits the target like as sharp arrow, the right book, at the right time, in the right tone.’

For now, the book is only available in Dutch. It will be translated in English very soon.

Reserve your copy of the book On High Heels in Africa, sponsor this project or invite Chantal as a
guest speaker. She speaks on a variety of topics gleaned from her hard-fought, real life experience of
successes, failures and lessons learned. Chantal speaks with her heart in an incredible vulnerable and
strong way.

As Ambassador of the Dutch foundation Simavi, Chantal continues to spread the I-Care message. For
every sold book that you order via the website or buys during a lecture € 2.50 goes to the project:
Give girls wings. Better opportunities for girls in Malawi. This way you support automatically! —

On 8 March 2017, during International Women’s Day, ‘On high heels in Africa’ was launched. With this we wanted the voices of the girls and women in Africa be heard.
On that day we also launched and spread our #redpower message: ‘I stand up. We stand up. Together!’ in a flashmob.
We believe there is more power in unity then division. As soon as we ignite our inner fire and stand
up together, the world will be illuminated and change can happen.

Would you like to support me with this ambition?