Klert, Emilienne

Klert, Emilienne


Date: April 4, 2016
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My name is Klert Emilienne and I live in the town of Toamasina. I grew up with my grand-mother because my parents had financial problems. She did her best to send me to school but I had to drop out because she could no longer afford my school fees. I helped her to earn a living, I did some farming (I had some experience about it because it was my parents’ activity) so I had a little bit of money.

Later on, I started to feel love and went out with a person whom I decided to live with. Our family life was doing well till we had our first child. He started to have a bad behavior: he became womanizing and sometimes he didn’t even come back home, we quarelled every day. I could no longer the situation so I asked to separate from him but after a discussion with each other’s parents, the matter was sort of settled. We had four children; we decided to get married officially. We still earned our living on agriculture.

After I followed the training given by Gender Links which started in 2013 and encouraged us to set up a business, I started fish farming. The training taught us about how to run a profitable business, about financial management and about how to keep records of all the incomes and expenses. We were also encouraged to become members of OTIV, a microfinance institution.

Now I have the possibility to extend the fish pond because I gain a lot of profit that I use for our daily food and to improve the business. We have also learnt how to be self-confident and know our value. Furthermore, we were also given knowledge about gender equality and human rights. I could attend all the training sessions. The topics covered were about personal development, a reflection about the type of business each participant wanted to set up, financial management and adhesion to microcredit organizations.

My problem during the training was about transport fees and the money I had to leave at home for children’s expenses.

My professional activity before the training was cassava, rice and corn farming. After the training, I decided to change it into fish farming business. Now I no longer endure violence. I could get rid of it because I can bring money home. The community who rejected me before treat me well. Even the parents take my advice. Before, my husband’s family belittled me but now they like me because I bring money to my household and my children go to school. I have become self-confident.

The lack of money is the cause of the violence which happened in my household. We always had conflicts because of that.  Now that we have a stable income, my couple is in perfect harmony and there’s no problem in the bringing up of our children.

Now I encourage women who are friends of mine or from the community to gain confidence. I tell them that all of them can do what others can. I focus especially on those who are victim of violence. I personally take the responsibility to make them aware of the fact that they can get rid of the violence they are suffering.

We have an association of fish farmers with fourteen members, seven men and seven women. Sometimes we do some work together and bring 1 cup of rice and 500 Ariary each to buy the meal for the day. I really benefited from being a member of the association because it gives me the opportunity to learn from others.

I was appointed to represent the association at a fish farming fair which was held in the capital in September 2015 because I was the one who got the best products and yet spent the least amount of money for fish food (yet the fish grow well).

When my husband and I realized that our work is bringing a lot of benefit, we decided to build a house and started to collect the materials needed. I hope that our life will get much better and our children will succeed in their studies.

To conclude, I want to give special thanks to all of you, at Gender Links, for the training you gave us.  I hope it will continue. Thank you so much!