The Awakened Woman book 

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Tererai Trent International is the fulfillment of a young woman’s dream

Tererai dreamed of an education, for herself
and the people in her village

With steadfast determination and a great unexpected gift…

Her dream of providing quality education has become a reality.

Today, Tererai is one of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.

Let us tell you the story of how a dream can come true…

When universal access to education is a global priority, anything is achievable.


We envision empowered rural communities where all children have universal access to quality education, regardless of their gender or socio-economic backgrounds.

Will you join us on this journey
and dream with us?


TTI Foundation is the heart of the organization. Over 5000 students now have improved learning due to our actions on the ground in Zimbabwe. The plan is to continue the development growth of our education system with the support of  socially engaged TTI businesses.


TTI businesses strive for long-term positive social and economic impact, while ensuring sustainable revenues for an education system that does not rely solely on external funding. 

Current business sectors are: Matau Trade Center, Capital/Microfinance, Agriculture, Artisan Crafts, Eco Lodges, & Children’s Books.

What's happening now... news from TTI Foundation

An Interview with the Author

Preorder your copy today! Click here   An Interview with the Author: Dr. Tererai Trent What motivated you to write this book, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can? After I achieved my dreams for an education, I knew I wanted to write a book that would inspire the...

Interview: Educator Who Inspires Oprah

The following interview was reported on June 27th, 2014 by Neelam Chowdhary at Asia Society was excited to welcome Dr. Tererai Trent as a keynote speaker at the seventh annual Partnership for Global Learning Conference, running this year on June...

The establishment of a business model will ensure long-term sustainability of TTI Foundation work, while reducing reliance on external aid.

In the Press

Dr. Trent’s passion and optimism has caught national attention. Tererai Trent was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and later revealed as Oprah’s “All-Time Favorite Guest” during a May 2011 episode. Oprah’s generous donation, along with support from many others, made the dream of rebuilding the Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe a reality.

Partnerships with organizations like “Save the Children“, Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Rural District Councils and many more, have enabled us to make strides toward our goal to provide universal access to quality education, and improve the livelihoods of the communities we serve.