#69 DR Congo’s Educator, Innovator & Entrepreneur: Goretti Kat

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Goretti Kat, founder and CEO of Minzoto Club, discusses her work in entrepreneurship education and personal development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She highlights the need for practical education in a country where traditional methods prevail. Through Minzoto Club, she provides workshops and training in skills such as coding, robotics, and personal development to teenagers. She shares success stories of students who have started their own businesses and emphasizes the importance of adaptability and digital literacy. Goretti also discusses the challenges she faces, including the need for funding and the traditional mindset towards women in leadership roles. She believes that the DRC has great potential for growth and innovation. The conversation explores the cultural characteristics and diversity of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It touches on topics such as tribal characteristics, languages, the influence of colonization, the country’s currency, high fertility rates, family structures, wedding rituals, traditional festivals, and the importance of clothing in Congolese culture. The conversation also highlights the natural beauty of the country, including its national parks and unique species like bonobos and mountain gorillas. The guest expresses pride in Congolese culture and emphasizes the need for political change and the eradication of corruption. In this conversation, Goretti Kat discusses various topics including the geography of Congo, swimming in Africa, the relationship between Congo and India, her favorite Indian movie, her role models, and her vision for the future. She also talks about the challenges of being an entrepreneur and educator, the importance of funding and retaining teachers, and her excitement for the future. Goretti emphasizes the need to trust the process and believes in the power of education and cultural exchange.In this episode of Rocklaz Radio, Tanmay Shah and Laura Grinbarga discuss books and podcasts they have read and listened to. They share their favorite podcasts, such as Akimbo and Freakonomics, and talk about the benefits of reading digitally and listening to audiobooks. They recommend books like The Artist’s Way, Big Magic, and The War of Art for creative inspiration. They also discuss the importance of finding the right time to read and making notes while reading. The conversation touches on spirituality in art and the impact of books like The Alchemist and Siddhartha. They also mention books on negotiation and personal development, such as Think and Grow Rich and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including book recommendations, favorite genres, and spiritual and philosophical discussions. Some of the recommended books include ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear, ‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’ by Lois McMaster Bujold, ‘The Silver Metal Lover’ by Tanith Lee, ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ by Shri Shri Ravishankar, and ‘Business Sutras’ by Devdutt Patnayak. The conversation also touched on the importance of finding balance and substance in the content we consume.


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00:00:00 – Start
00:00:25 – Culture & Bealiefs of Congo
00:04:42 – Innovation in Education & Entrepreneurship
00:10:14 – Achivements a Student of Minzoto Club
00:14:19 – How do you think your personal story or background set you apart or influenced you in the work you do today?
00:25:13 – Depression, causes and getting her students out of it.
00:30:29 – What is the biggest challenge you faced and how did you overcome them?
00:43:38 – Violence between Tribes of Congo
00:50:22 – The richest country in the world in terms of Mineral resources
00:55:46 – How to differentiate between Tribes?
01:01:37 – Segregation and Prejudice in Society?
01:05:46 – How Many Languages?
01:07:36 – How to describe beauty in your language?
01:08:17 – Belgium or French?
01:09:09 – Monitery system dependent on France?
01:11:47 – Why do Congoneese have so many Children? A fertility rate of 5.7
01:13:52 – Family Structure: Patriarcal, Matriarcal or Unclecal?
01:17:44 – Wedding Ritual Unique to Your Culture! *
01:20:17 – Favourite Food? Congo Food you need to try!
01:24:18 – Festival of Congo! (Thumbnail is based on this!)
01:34:41 – Where Exactly is Congo?
01:36:05 – Weather in Congo as you are Right at the Equator?
01:37:43 – Congo Gorillas and Chimps
01:41:09 – Ladies are not allowed to get too attracted to the Chimps! Human-like behaviour!
01:43:45 – One thing you love the most about your country?
01:45:15 – One thing you want to change about your country?
01:46:37 – Fun fact about the 2 Congos!
01:49:49 – How does it feel to be the country with the most mineral resources?
01:51:07 – What are your thoughts on India?
01:53:51 – Favourite Movie?
01:55:46 – 3 People and Why Question (Signature Round begins)
01:59:29 – If today was the last day you lIved, What would you do? (Very Interesting Ans)
02:00:51 – How to Make Money?
02:03:24 – What is Art for you?
02:05:07 – Goretti sings for us in her mother tongue!
02:06:48 – What do you want to be remembered for?
02:07:31 – Life-Changing Advice?
02:08:34 – Most Priceless Gift you have Ever Received?
02:09:51 – One thing you Cant Live Without?
02:12:35 – What is Metaverse for you?
02:14:00 – On Bucketlist next?
02:15:15 – What gets you excited about the future?
02:16:15 – What do you like to do for fun?
02:17:52 – Entrepreneurship: Funding for School?
02:20:22 – How do you get the Teachers and Keep them?
02:23:09 – Parting words and Conclusion
02:24:16 – Thanks to the Translator!



• Minzoto Club provides practical education in entrepreneurship and personal development to teenagers in the DRC.
• The traditional education system in the DRC lacks practical skills training, such as coding and robotics.
• Goretti Kat shares success stories of students who have started their own businesses after participating in Minzoto Club workshops.
• Challenges in the DRC include the need for funding, the traditional mindset towards women in leadership roles, and the political and economic situation.
• Despite the challenges, Goretti believes that the DRC has great potential for growth and innovation. The DRC has a diverse culture with tribal characteristics attributed to different tribes.
• There are over 450 languages spoken in the country, with four national languages and French as the official language.
• The DRC has its own currency and central bank, distinguishing it from other African countries linked to the French banking system.
• The high fertility rate in the DRC is historically linked to the agricultural nature of the country, where having more children was seen as an advantage for maintaining the land.
• Family structures in the DRC vary, with some tribes being matriarchal, patriarchal, or based on the authority of uncles.
• Wedding rituals in the DRC often involve specific ceremonies and traditions, such as the validation of the bride’s cooking by female family members.
• The DRC is known for its traditional festivals, with the Fashion Festival and the Sapeurs (fashionists) being prominent cultural phenomena.
• The DRC is rich in natural beauty, with national parks, unique species like bonobos and mountain gorillas, and various tourist attractions.
• Clothing is highly valued in Congolese culture, and the country has a thriving clothing industry.
• Political change and the eradication of corruption are desired for the future of the DRC. Congo and India have a strong cultural and educational connection.
• Parents in Africa do teach their children how to swim, contrary to popular belief.
• Congo is rich in mineral resources, but there is a responsibility to utilize them effectively.
• Goretti Kat’s role models include Barack Obama, the Queen of Angola, and John Maxwell.
• She wants to be remembered for changing the educational system in Congo and creating a cultural festival.
• Goretti believes in the law of process and the importance of trusting the process.
• Her favorite book is the Bible, and she cannot live without it.
• Goretti enjoys reading Japanese manga and is a fan of the Naruto series.
• Funding for her institute comes from fees, donations, churches, and international partners.
• She values the importance of retaining teachers and creating a supportive work environment.
• Goretti is excited about the future and looks forward to advancements in healthcare and problem-solving.
• She encourages everyone to trust the process and believes that everything will be okay.


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