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Girls Who Run The World Recap: Marisa Rodrigues

Could something as small as a honey bee change your life? “The first experience I had with honey bees was love at first sight,” says Dr. Marisa Rodrigues, Director of Sustainable Development at Gorongosa National Park. “Working with bees allowed me to explore my curiosity of connecting science and rural development.” 

This week on Girls Who Run the World(available on Apple and Spotify), Marisa shares how following your passions can positively impact your life and others around you. She explains how her love for bees ultimately led her to her current role, and how access to continued education can transform communities. 

Marisa Rodrigues Girls Who Run the World podcast guest

Listen on Apple Podcasts | Listen on Spotify

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • What growing up in a small village instilled in Marisa [10:00] 

  • How she started her career, and what ultimately led her to Gorongosa National Park [13:30]

  • What the Sustainable Development Department does, and what she’s most excited about that’s in the works [20:00]

About Marisa Rodrigues

Dr. Marisa Rodrigues, received her doctorate in animal breeding and genetics from São Paul University, Brazil. Marisa grew up in Portugal, but her family's connection with Mozambique inspired her to take a role as the Apiculture Project Manager at Gorongosa National Park in 2020. In her role, she led and taught women across the community the practice of beekeeping. Now, as the Director of Sustainable Development, Marisa and the department work to catalyze economic benefits for the local communities. 

The Podcast

Supporting Girls’ education is one of our biggest priorities at Our Gorongosa. We believe in creating a world with more equitable opportunities for young women everywhere — because we know girls have the power to change the world! 

Listen to the full podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

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