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Zimbabwe: Abygale Makonza

Women’s participation is  key to the development “GenderLinks brought emancipation of women in the SADC region and women have taken great strides in the development of nations”.  Gender Links took […]

May 13, 2021 Themes: Governance | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Zimbabwe: Hamunyari Kwendambairi

Zimbabwe: Hamunyari Kwendambairi

“I had lost all hope and self-esteem and I thought that was the end of my life until I met Gender Links who made it possible for me to pick […]

Francesca Ramdeal – Mauritius

I first met with Gender Links when I attended the entrepreneurship programme and I remember well the first day I went on the course. I was going through a major depression. My depression comes in sequels and that day I went to class empty-headed knowing clearly that I would not be able to assimilate anything. But as Anushka started to explain, I started to feel as though everything was beginning to feel right. It felt as if the clouds of doubt were starting to move away and allowing me to see clearly. I started to feel interested and I started paying more attention to what she was saying. I truly felt a wave of change coming my way.

October 1, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

Ketty Perichon – Mauritus

I have not yet started my business, but I have it in mind and intend to start it very soon. I am in fact studying and taking courses in child care. As I plan to open a kids’ club once I have finished studying, I know that I will start my business with a solid foundation. Before undertaking the Gender Links courses, I used to work in a hotel. I was appointed as a hostess in the restaurant and then became a hostess at the mini club and finally supervisor at the same club. I worked everywhere, and was not afraid to take up any job. In 2012, I was fired by the hotel management. In fact it motivated me to pursue the career I had always wanted. I have worked with children and love to be with them.

September 7, 2019 Themes: GBV | Gender based violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

Zimbabwe: Charity Tambara

“When l saw our Council Gender Focal Person (GFP) presenting during the 2014 Local Government Summit in Masvingo I told myself that l can also do it but the question […]

Lesotho:Mabohlokoa Bula

My name is Mabohlokoa Bula from Lilala Community Council.Iam an aspiring entrepreneur. The name of my business is Zenzela General Café and I have registered it with the Ministry of […]

South Africa: Rose Thamae

An organization established by Rose Thamae Activist through based on her organizational work background she experience, she became a leader to empower and educate people around the community. The Let […]

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 based violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

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.

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 based violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

Annah Nezrayi – Zimbabwe

Annah Nezirayi encountered Gender Links (GL) in 2013 through Manyame Rural District Council. When the then Gender Focal Person (GFP), Tariro Chimbindi, introduced her to GL she thought that the programme was a time consuming event and nothing meaningful would come of it. However, the first session of the programme changed her mind and she started appreciating the importance of the programme in her life and the lives of other participants. Before she encountered GL she was a mere vendor, but the programme turned her into a real business woman. Currently, she is operating a viable business and she gives credit to the entrepreneurship programme.

June 27, 2016 Themes: Business | Gender based violence Programs: Entrepreneurship

Nyaradzo Masamba – Zimbabwe

Nyaradzo Masamba – Zimbabwe

Masamba joined GL in July 2014 after being introduced by Zvimba Rural District Council. She enrolled in the entrepreneurship training and was equipped with relevant business skills. The training taught her about all forms of GBV and how to fight domestic violence. Before the training she was thinking that she should focus on just forgetting her past experience of GBV. Later on she discovered that the only way to bury the past and continue with life is through occupying your mind with productive things.