Entrepreneurship

SADC: Cross border summit for gender justice

SADC: Cross border summit for gender justice

Polokwane, 17 March: The first ever joint SADC Protocol@Work Summit between two countries ended on a high note last night with awards celebrating local efforts to promote gender equality in South Africa and Swaziland. Over 150 participants from Capricorn District Municipality (CDM), Gender Links (GL) Swaziland Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government, entrepreneurs […]

Mauritius: Valerie Simirone

Mauritius: Valerie Simirone

Valerie Simirone I am very satisfied with the training I received in October 2013 with Gender Links. I first learned about the organisation through one of its employees in a supermarket. This day I told the person everything about my life and problems. I was relieved because I needed to pour my heart out. It […]

November 9, 2016 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Entrepreneurship | Gender Justice

Makananelo Rapuleng – Lesotho

Makananelo Rapuleng – Lesotho

My name is Makananelo Rapuleng from Qacha’s Nek, one of the mountainous districts of Lesotho. It is very small but has scattered rural villages and the rate of gender based violence (GBV) is very high and most of the cases in the villages are not reported because women are so dependent on men and they cannot imagine how life would be without their men. The very frustrating thing about the district is that most people, if not the majority of them, are illiterate and they are very keen on culture and therefore it is very difficult for them to adapt to new things.

August 19, 2016 Themes: Economics | Gender violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

RAZANAMADY Razafindramora Claire – Madagascar

RAZANAMADY Razafindramora Claire – Madagascar

Claire raised her six children alone after she had been a victim of intimate partner violence for years. After she worked with Gender Links (GL), her life really changed. She gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience she had never thought she would ever have. The concept of gender is one of the things she learnt. Previously, she believed that when we talk about gender we refer to women, while gender is ultimately a concept related to the social construction, women are perceived as weak and passive and are associated with the domestic and private world, while men are seen as strong and enterprising in the public world.

Learning Journey: Perseverance and courage ushered new skills into my life

Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel (H.Jackson Brown Jr) 2015 – A year to reckon! 2015 is a year that will always appear in bold print on the first page of my memory. Over the years I have been working as a Country Manager and my focus was on working hard to […]

Edwina Kapfudza – Zimbabwe

Edwina Kapfudza – Zimbabwe

Edwina Kapfudza recalls the day she met her ward councillor and how she was introduced to Gender Links (GL). This took place at a time when she least expected any help from anyone with regard to her experience of gender based violence (GBV). Prior to the introductions, the council held a meeting with the identified survivors of GBV. The idea was to know more about the women’s experiences of GBV before referring them to GL.

Tshepiso Bareng – Botswana

Tshepiso Bareng – Botswana

We started the entrepreneurship training with the “IÀ story workshops. It was very painful when people were sharing their stories and I could feel that my story was not as bad. The abuse that some went through was very sad, but at the end we were comforted and encouraged to heal. Talking about it made one feel better as did writing it down, as a way of telling others that they are not alone.

July 26, 2016 Themes: Economics | Gender violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

Arrianne Sarah – Mauritius

Arrianne Sarah – Mauritius

I am a handicapped woman and the mother of two children. I suffered from a partial body paralysis after the birth of my daughter 13 years ago and with time my condition deteriorated and I became completely bed ridden. Before the birth of my daughter I used to work in a hotel and helped my family, but after my illness I lost the job. I lost everything. I accepted loneliness as part of my fate. I truly ended up believing that there was no future for handicapped people. However, my good friend Priscilla Bignoux stood by me. She helped me to start going out and mingling with people again. It was only then that I started to see the bright side of life. I started smiling once again.

July 22, 2016 Themes: Disability | Economics Programs: Entrepreneurship

Learning Journey: Things do not change, we change

“There are things we do not want to happen but have to accept, things we do not want to know but have to hear, and people we cannot live without but have to let go.” JJ: Criminal Mind 2015 taught me, as my father used to say, ‘with integrity, honesty and transparency, I am able […]

July 18, 2016 Themes: Business | Poverty Programs: Entrepreneurship

Mateboho Lefuma – Lesotho

Mateboho Lefuma – Lesotho

Mateboho Lefuma started her business selling clothes three years ago. She is a young Mosotho woman aged 30 years and stays in Mantsonyane in the Thaba-Tseka district. When Lefuma started she was selling a small number of clothes to just a few local people because she did not have enough money to buy lots of stock. But after encountering Gender Links (GL) through the entrepreneurship programme she increased the stock because now she had a good market. She mentioned that GL was giving them transport reimbursement and she would just walk three hours from her home to the council for the whole week so that she could save that money and that helped her so much because she was able to increase her stock. The profits she made motivated her to venture into cross border trading. She is now selling her clothes in South Africa and Botswana.

July 11, 2016 Themes: Economics | Gender violence Programs: Entrepreneurship