Onalenna Lorato Botshololeng

Onalenna Lorato Botshololeng


Date: April 5, 2016
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I was overjoyed the first time I attended the Gender Links trainings. I learnt that no matter the type or size of business there was need to have a business plan. This was very exciting to me as I always saw people doing those while I could not.
I only managed to attend two phases of the training and could not attend phase 3 as I had been newly employed and could not be released from work. The lessons were very important as I learnt about the types of businesses, how to draw a business plan and also how to do a cash flow. These were the most interesting as they taught me how to use money. My main challenge was doing the business plan as it was the first time I was doing that. Missing the first part of drawing business plan worked to my disadvantage as I missed a lot. But the facilitators were very patient during phase 3 as I was able to complete my business plan.

I work as a cleaner at the council. The lessons I was given have made me realise that I can also start up my own business since I am able to do a business plan. I have not managed to secure funding for my business. I have learnt that in life I should not give up. O was abused by my boyfriend until I had had enough and gathered courage to walk away. As we speak I am not experiencing any abuse. I learnt to accept that I am not the only person who has gone through abuse and that if I stayed with a heavy heart I will not progress in life. I came to a realisation that when you make your own income you are able to be independent and sustain your own family.
My life has changed a lot and I am using my experiences to help others. At work whenever I am having conversations with colleagues and realise that they are troubled I encourage them to open up and talk to someone they trust.

Those around me have also noticed the change around me, my boyfriend could beat me and drag me on the streets. The police were our regular visitors and that is now the thing of the past. I have now moved to my own place and live freely.
I have learnt that in life you should not depend on a man, you should learn to be independent and accept that it is possible to have a normal life without a man. I wish to start my own business and in 2030 I want to be able to supply big companies such as Choppies with products.