Botswana: Judith Kelebang

Botswana: Judith Kelebang

Date: April 11, 2016
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On my meeting with Gender Links I learned about abuse and also how to start-up the business of my dreams. I was a florist but had no idea on the right ways to run the business. I learned a lot from the programme about business.

I joined Gender Linkks two years ago and to date I am still a member of Gender Links who attends all the workshops without failure regardless of situations. What I liked most is the opportunity I got to advertise my products at the Gender Links National Summit in front of people from all over Botswana. There was nothing which was not important at the entrepreneurship workshops. My main challenge was not having the skills and knowledge about business management but Gender Links has shed some light to me on that area.

I have and still in the florist business, the training that I have acquired has helped me a great deal and I am now able to run my business with no assistance. The council has advised me to visit Gender Affairs so they assist me financially as I still have room to improve.

I was abused by my parent but I am now free from it. With the counselling I got from GL and the business skills my parent no longer abuses me, I now make income and she sees me as a different person as I am now able to support not only myself and my children but my parent too.

People are interested in my life story because of my already blossoming business and often ask me how I did it. That is when I share what I learned at Gender Links with them. I tell them my background and what I did to get that far. The knowledge I have gained from Gender Links has assisted my business as now I am informed and run my business like a skilled person not just anyhow.

I learned about business and abuse intensively and share all my knowledge with anyone willing to lend an ear. I aim to have a large company in which I may be able to employ other women to empower them and also to have other floral shops in the neighbouring areas. I would like to thank Gender Links who have given me skills important in life which I would have never had without them. God bless them as they go on to help the nation at large.