Maria van der Heijden

Maria van der Heijden

Founder of Women on Wings and owner ComVerander

As a farmer’s daughter, I feel connected to women in rural areas throughout the world. I have traveled extensively through South America, Africa and Asia.

In 2000 I first visited India. For me there is no land so rich in culture, history and people. Incredible India. A country that fascinates and captivates. Especially the rural women have touched my heart. Hardworking women who take care of the children, the piece of land and the cow… from early morning till late in the evening.

In 2006 I realized that my knowledge and skills are valuable for rural businesses. So that they can grow and use new opportunities. And create jobs for women so that they have their own income. My motivation is that women have the choice and autonomy to realize their dreams.