Duo Promotes Natural, Healthy Lifestyle

Francoise Horenburg
Francoise Horenburg

As people around the world change their eating and living lifestyles, they will find Sanvit waiting for them with the goodies. Sanvit is a local company that focuses on health promotional services and products in Botswana.

Francoise Horenburg, a Botswana resident of French nationality, established the company in 1987. 

The name Sanvit is derived from Sanitas, which means health and Vitas which means life. It is clear from the company’s name that it is all about good health and life.

The company offers a range of services like organic homemade food, natural treatments using herbs, healthy cooking, martial arts, yoga and vegan lifestyle.

The self-funded company is based at Mokatse village in the Kgatleng District.

Francoise’s daughter, Nancy later joined her in the family business. The Horenburgs have been living in Botswana for the past three decades and they have employed two Batswana.

Nancy makes chocolates with flavours that include peppermint crèmes, hazelnut and cinnamon truffles, pumpkin praline, white flower truffles to mention a few.

Francoise does organic bread such as gluten free bread, banana and more. The family uses home made products for their products. 

“My job is to just do what I love, teaching martial arts and creating art, whether it is through food or clay sculptures or watercolour paintings or classes,” said Nancy. Francoise is a Natural Health therapist who also has a passion for rural development. She started the NGO, Thusano Lefatsheng for sustainable medicinal plant harvesting and growing.

Nancy joined Sanvit later as a Martial Arts teacher where he taught karate and now she does Taichi and Qigong.

She further revealed that she and her mother are in the process of creating multidimensional workshops or programmes. They would bring the programmes to groups from any place and teach them techniques and practices that will help them to release stress and increase health and wellbeing on whatever level is necessary.

The challenges?

“It is hard getting across to people the benefits of doing Taichi and Qigong for continued good health, of eating foods that are designed to support you rather than diminish you. “People, all over the world, love consumerism and junk food, that to them it is normal to eat substances that truly cannot be classified as food, because there are more chemicals and additives than healthy ingredients.

“To them, eating healthy is ‘weird’ and so to tell them that ultimately they are destroying their own health with the choices they make is hard to get across.

“To realise that our body is our temple, and that by taking care of it we are honouring ourselves,” advised Nancy.

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