Zimbabwe: *Nobuhle 1

Zimbabwe: *Nobuhle 1

Date: May 17, 2016
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My husband abused me emotionally and it affected my well being. Since he was working in South Africa he rarely sends money home and when he did he will send as little as R 500. I struggled to survive with my child since my eldest child also left for South Africa. It was a stressful situation to me because I was still married to him and I depended on him for survival. I got the opportunity to go to German in 2009 to represent women leadership and the experience widened my horizons. I later did a management course with Natal University in 2010 and I was educationally empowered but economic empowerment was the only missing link to a genuine development in my life.

I continued depending on my husband for survival but his abusive behaviour forced me to think otherwise. I started a sewing business in 2012 with the little capital I acquired from well wishers. With time Fortune Faith Sewing Services develop into a fully established business entity. The business specialises in school outfits, ties, dresses, seat covers, curtains and bed spreads. At the onset I engaged three workers and used to engage contract workers at regular intervals.

I applied for a loan and I used the money to purchase a vehicle for transport. The car made marketing easier for us as we can now cover a large area within a short space of time. Reliability and consistent created a mutual relationship between my company and the major clients like schools and hotels. The production level was increased and the business created a space for itself in the commercial world.

After I encountered Gender Links in 2014 and undergo entrepreneurship training my business further developed. I engaged 60 people from my community whom I lectured on entrepreneurship. I taught them the basics of bookkeeping and business management. I assisted them to start their own small businesses and they are all doing well. The economic development that took place in my life made a niche on my social development. My husband now respects me and he no longer takes me for granted. I am now highly viewed in the community because of the social responsibility programme I conducted through training other women to start businesses.

By 2030 I have plans to respond to the growing demand that came about as a result of the full implementation of the entrepreneurial skills. I have plans to increase the number of machines to increase production capacity. The four machines that are currently in use must be upgraded to maintain efficiency. When the upgrading plans are fully implemented more employment opportunities for the community will be created.