Kgomotso Lekuduba – Botswana

Kgomotso Lekuduba – Botswana

Date: November 28, 2015
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“It might take a year, it might take a day, but what is meant to be will always find a way”

I met Gender Links (GL) in 2013 and since then I have gained a lot of knowledge about abuse. The close relations, the people that we live with such as brother or uncle, are most often the ones that abuse us and this is very true. Again we were told how to live with our family members and partners and not allow them to abuse us.

I also share my knowledge and experience with people close to me to encourage them not to allow abuse in their lives. Since I am now empowered I also have the confidence to tell my family that they should stop treating me the way they do. They used to ill treat me because they supported me financially. This abuse has reduced and I know it will eventually stop as I am now working and earning my own money.

The business that I want to venture into is opening a gym room. I have registered my name with government schemes and Gender Affairs to ask for funding. I am also in the process of registering my own company so that I will be able to look for a place to rent. As soon as I get funding, I will be able to apply the skills I have gained about computers and also the knowledge about business. I have learnt about market research, keeping financial records and how to do cash flow.

I am very grateful to Gomolemo of GL for mentoring me and advising me to change my life. Even though I have not yet started my own business, I am not dependent on anyone. I am a volunteer at Tirelo Sechaba Programme. I can buy small groceries and toiletries. I have gained confidence and I know I can do whatever I want in life if I am sufficiently committed to it.

I encountered many challenges during and after the training; my family was not supportive during training because they thought I was wasting time. I am also struggling to get funding but I am very hopeful. I have struggled to register my business because it is a long process with so many documents. Since I have grown up and am now patient, I will take it a step at a time and I know it will all be over very soon.

I am a happy person now as my family and the community see me as a role model, my life is different now. I am no longer isolated and called embarrassing names. People respect me and ask me for advice. I believe I will be the most successful business woman in the country once my business starts operating. I am ready to conquer the nation and have the best gym room ever. Thank you Gender Links for making a huge impact on my life. Please continue the good work.


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