N’tolo Manang

N’tolo Manang

Date: March 22, 2016
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Lesotho: My business is well known both in and out of the country

Seate, Lesotho, 14, March 2015: When I worked with GL for the first time I was asked to write about my problems in an abusive life that I lived. I come into contact with GL in 2013 at a workshop, all of which I attended. What I found to be of importance was for me to be confident, to detest abuse and the way to run my business and how to deal with people in the business. Everything in the training was very important because I did not even know what to do when I encountered problems. GL gave me the knowledge of what to do.

The challenges that I experienced included lack of knowledge of how to run a business; how to advertise it; and when I had sold the goods I would use the money from the sales without saving. I fought these challenges by having to keep my business record books; be able to track my profits; pay myself at the end of the month, so that there would be no way that I would tamper with business money. Before going for the training I was making flowers, but not on a regular basis. I made them upon demand.

Today that business has grown and I am making flowers in a serious way. The training has helped me greatly. The position at which I am now is high; my business is well known both in and out of the country. I am also able to teach others about how to make flowers. My council has helped me a lot by getting customers for my business, and GL has increased my skills and knowledge.

I was abused by my husband and my mother-in-law; I am no longer subject to abuse now. The change in me making my own money using my hands is instrumental to my overall life change. This change has made me live in a different way because I was using my own hands and no longer having to wait for my husband’s money. When he realised that I was self-sufficient my husband came back home. I am now able to cater fully for my children. Members of the family realise that I am one of them; they respect me as a result of this change.

Yes! At a community level we are able as the women in the training to coordinate and get together in marketing out businesses so as to strengthen ourselves and the economy. We also console each other on the painful experiences that we encounter. We are also able to console other victims who have been subjected to abuse.

The change in my life can influence change in other people’s lives in that:-I am able to sooth their minds concerning abuse; I advise them on ways and means to make a living. And if they are victims of physical abuse, I advise to report to the authorities. My people see a change in me because they realise that the type of life I live is different from what it used to be. They are aware that I am able to make my own money, and I also am able to mix with members of the society. I am also able to help other people with their problems, and advise them on what measures to take.