Tshidi Moalafe

Tshidi Moalafe


Date: April 5, 2016
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I started attending workshops hosted by Gender Links in September, 2013. In the beginning I was unable to write as it difficult for me to grasp what I was taught. At later stage I started to understand what was being taught, now I can write without being helped by the facilitator or other women.

Other lessons I did not attend because I was in maternity leave. I have challenges because the father of my child left me to fend for myself, as he denied being the father of the child. I ended giving up on him, and taking care of the baby alone. I then started selling some sweets and pop ice in order to take care of my child. My intention is to do business of selling tswana chickens, but I have not yet started doing it as I am waiting to be helped to buy them. Right now I am doing a peace job as the council have not helped me up to now.
The abuse I experience was that of the father of the child who was always beating me and later chased me out of his house, as I was cohabiting with him. His brother tried to interfere but he told him that he is the one who made me pregnant he must take me as he wanted a new girlfriend in her house. I eventually gave up and moved out of his house to go back to my mothers’ house. I started selling some sweets and other staff to make a living

I have really changed a lot nowadays from those days when I was in an abusive relationship. People are so happy to see me trying to make a living by myself. I encourage people not to give in to gender based violence. They should seek help from necessary people. I have learnt that if you are abused you have to go and report to the authorities. And that by 2030 I will have archived my dreams.