On High Heels in Africa

On High Heels in Africa

She stood with her Louis Vuitton heels firmly on the plush carpet. Had a view of the most beautiful part of Amsterdam. And coached top-level people. Until the day she heard herself ask that question again: “Are you living your biggest dream?”. And her own answer shocked her.

Chantal Heutink left the fast-paced Amsterdam lifestyle behind for a new reality in the laidback culture of Kenya. She exchanged her perfectly styled coupe for Bo Derek dreadlocks and left her design house for a matrass in the overcrowded bedroom of three Kenyan sisters.

What was left, was her relentless ambition: for every girl in Kenya to go to school, even on her red days.

She successfully set up a social business in Kenya and founded I-Care: washable sanitary napkins for a continent full of young dreams. No longer eyes full of defeated shame in the half-empty classrooms, but a generation of young women with their heads proudly held up high.

An indispensable book for anyone that lives and has dreams, chases after or should let go. It breaks taboos from the hopeful beginning to the bitter end, and beyond.

Chantal Heutink is known as ‘the lady in red dealing with the red issue’. A blond businesswoman in heels who did everything for her ambition, except for walking barefoot through the dust.

Through On High Heels in Africa, I would like to let the voices of girls and women in Africa be heard.

Girls such as those I got to know in Kenya. Girls that, on average, miss school 5 days a month, 60 days a year, because they are on their period. Because they cannot afford the sanitary napkins that we are used to. Because due to their absenteeism, they fall behind and leave school earlier. This in a country where women are already at a disadvantage and must be grateful if they are even allowed to go to school.

Would you like to support me with this ambition?

Would you like to support my ambition and story? Click here and you will be directed to the Dutch support site. If you want more information in English, please mail to chantal.heutink@lifeonhighheels.com and we will gladly answer your e-mail in English.  Looking forward reading from you.

On Sunday afternoon, March 5th 2017, an exclusive festive premiere will take place in Amsterdam, where you are invited as a VIP. While enjoying a drink, you will receive your own personally signed copy of the book On High Heels in Africa. More information on the event will follow early next year. If you are unable to attend, then the book can also be sent to you. The official launch will be during International Women’s Day on March 8th 2017.

I will keep you informed via the newsletter. You can also follow me via LinkedIn, facebook and/or twitter. I look forward to getting to know you better!

For now, the book is only available in Dutch. It will be translated in English very soon.  That's one of the reasons funds are needed!

A passionate thrill

‘The vulnerable force. The book that you wish for yourself and for other women, from the bottom of your heart. Full of fiery connections. A passionate thrill. Chantal Heutink will blow you off your heels.’

Christine Pannebakker
author of Who Am I, Women Power and The Week


The best investment you’ll make in 2017

“Chantal Heutink has it all; a beautiful, feminine appearance, a strong relatable story with falling and standing up again, a good pen, perspective, and a big heart for the world.

She has put her business skills at the service of a good cause. Not with woollen socks, but with a woman’s suit and on high heels. With the same flair, she now releases her book to the world.

A book that is an inspiration to all those women who seek a meaningful existence, who want to take the step but have not dared yet, a book that hits the target like as sharp arrow, the right book, at the right time, in the right tone.

The best investment you’ll make in 2017.”





Are you in search of a guest speaker? Or do wish to order an impressive number of books for your company, including a personalized preface? Send an email to: chantal.heutink@lifeonhighheels.com

or call: +31 (0)6 16 78 44 88

Chantal strives to answer your e-mail personally within 48 hours, but it is possible that she is on the road and that is why it takes a bit longer.


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