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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

Dharma Life is a social enterprise aiming to create sustainable livelihoods by creating entrepreneurs at the village level and providing them with socially impactful products at affordable costs. The organization trains local people to become Dharma Life Entrepreneurs and provides them with developmental support whilst partnering with corporates to provide a product range to meet the rural consumer’s needs.

Dharma Life has been a partner of the Secondment Program since 2015.
To date, 3 J&J secondees have or are currently taking part in a long-term secondment.

Dolapo Ojo, J&J Consumer South Africa, New Business Development Secondment with Dharma Life South Africa in 2017.

Leveraging local knowledge to implement new business models in rural communities

In 2017, Dolapo Ojo from Johnson & Johnson Consumer South Africa took forward the design, development and execution of a market entry strategy for Dharma Life into Sub-Saharan Africa during her six-month secondment, focussing on rural areas in South Africa.

As a resident of South Africa, Dolapo bought much-needed local knowledge, culture and customs to facilitate the implementation of this business development role, building on the work of two previous secondees. This has resulted in a pilot implementation of the Dharma Life business model in South Africa which will result in job opportunities for 180 previously unemployed women and youths and will positively impact 90,000 households in rural communities.

My secondment with Dharma Life has enriched my sense of meaning and purpose and has widened my views on the opportunities that exist in our rural communities.

Dolapo Ojo, J&J Consumer South Africa, New Business Development Secondment with Dharma Life South Africa