Namibia: Blondine Tsues

Namibia: Blondine Tsues

Date: April 19, 2016
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I am a single mother of 4 children who manages a textile business started and owned by a group of women who survived gender based violence and those affected by it.I am head of the business and a trainer for new comers. I have embarked on this type of business because of situations I went through and I was inspired by the idea. These business has played a major in my life since we were all unemployed but had children to families to take care of. The business is viable and community support it very much.

My business is a manufacturing business and my products include trousers, T-shirts, skirts, dresses, beddings, graduation gowns, toilet covers and traditional necklaces. My life and that of my colleagues has extremely changed because I can now afford to feed my family and send them to school. My business came as a result of the training I attended from Gender links where I learnt about planning and writing business plan. I did market research for the business and found that the business viable.

My project is not favourable to external disasters or any phenomenon as it addresses the immediate basic need of the people.The business environment is good because there is less competition. The operational space is good and well protected and it cannot be subjected to losses.

I am grateful that I attended or participated in Gender Links training where gained business skills like budgeting, marketing and controlling. The good thing of this business is that goods are manufactured and sold cash. Imparted knowledge related to resources mobilisation, she could manage to secure funding from social security commission to start with this business. I am managing this business with 7 women who are doing sewing and managing daily sales. Our products are even sold beyond Otavi especially during annual trade fairs and local events. The council is also supportive by marketing their products and I hopes that this business will soon grow and expanded to other towns.

My business is registered with the relevant ministries such as Ministry of finance, Ministry of trade and industry, Otavi town council and social security commission and  is well known to the community because its products has been marketed or promote monthly through the local radio, placing of posters and sending messages to friends and family members. The training I received from Gender links Namibia was relevant and it has transformed my whole living conditions and my way of doing things. I am now able to decide better than before. This means that my life has changed from worse to better and she hopes that the training will continue and empower more victims and destitute women in the country.

Everything was possible because of the knowledge I had acquired from Gender Links. I want to be an inspiration to others by addressing root causes of gender based violence in my community and live in free gender violence society where both men and women equally live together.  My most memorable experience was when I won at the district summit to attend the national summit in Windhoek.