Margaret Hirsch, co-founder of the Hirsch Group, recently travelled to Mumbai, India to receive a prestigious award as one of the 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators (Globally) at the World Sustainable Development Congress 2018.
Upon receiving this prestigious award Margaret commented:
“I am extremely honoured to receive this award. South Africa is a land rich in opportunity, and my journey in business, and working in the communities in which we operate has been exhilarating – and humbling at the same time. Being able to help empower, motivate and encourage women in the community, and show them that whatever I can do, they can do with effort, hard work and passion – is the greatest gift.”
The 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators (Global Listing) is an intensely researched process undertaken by the research cell which consists of postgraduates in history and management.It is the job of the research cell to produce a shortlist of individuals who are doing extraordinary work and track the record of their achievements. The shortlist is then reviewed by a jury comprising of senior professionals from across the globe.
More details: www.worldcsrday.com/
About Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch is one half of a dynamic husband and wife duo that founded Hirsch's Homestores. Back in 1979, as a secretary, together with her husband Allan, then an appliance repair man, they unwittingly became entrepreneurs who went on to build an appliance, electronics and furnishing retail empire. Today, Hirsch's Homestores is the largest independently owned appliance and electronics business in Southern Africa, with 18 Hirsch stores and four Samsung concept stores.
The Hirsch family business story is the quintessential story of making good against all the odds. From starting out unemployed, in a tiny showroom in Durban back in 1979 with just R900 (US$ 90) in savings, Margaret and Allan have built a business that by the end of 2012 topped the R1 billion turnover milestone.