Rebabonye Amos

Rebabonye Amos


Date: April 4, 2016
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I am a forty year old woman from Bobonong and I am a mother of five two girls and three girls. My first encounter with Gender Links was in 2014 and I remember being fascinated about how they made it easy for me to believe that I could own my own business. They taught me to trust myself and not look down upon myself and also be able to knock at various offices and seek help.
I attended all the Gender Links trainings and I saw that the trainings were very important as they taught me on the different types of businesses and how to market them. The only obstacle I had was that the time was too short. It was good because I understood what was being said and was able to do some work on my own at home. When I met with Gender Links I was just staying at home doing nothing even though I had skills of making floor polish and decorations out of recycled newspapers.
I am currently doing my business of making floor polish and decorations. I am where I am today thank to Gender Links and the lessons they gave me on business. The lessons given were very detailed and my children also told me that when I showed them the manual. I have not received assistance from anyone and I am running the business using my own funds. I am hopeful that the council will fund my business so I can grow it.
I experienced violence from the man I was married to and it was very bad. As we speak I am no longer experiencing violence as we parted ways. Because of the skills from Gender Links I was able to sit down with him and ask him to help me support the children something which he is doing now. My life changed drastically since I started working with officers form Gender Links. My children and I live a happy and peaceful life. There has also been change with my children’s grades, they are now doing well at school. They use to fail and I think it was because of the situation at home. I realise that since I started using my skill I am able to make money for myself and become independent. I do not expect money from any man and this means that there is no violence on my side. If you have no money life becomes very difficult.
I encourage other women to take up government programmes and better their lives without depending on men. I also encourage them to seek help at the first signs of abuse. I tell them of how Gender Links helped me accept myself. Most people can see the change in my life and actually acknowledge it. They are impressed because I am no longer a beggar but make my own money. I share what I learnt from GL with other women in my community. I also go into offices advertising and marketing my products.
I intend on continuing to learn more on business and continuing to slowly grow my business until I get help from the relevant offices. In 2030 I want to have my own floor polish making company. I also want to employ a lot of people to help them support their families.