Women need to know my story so that they can learn that you don’t need to be stuck in a situation that life throws at you.
I became the first graduate in my family – My business funded my tuition fees
I want to share my story to inspire people so that they can see how much their lives can change
Sharing my experiences so that others can find themselves, like I did
Travelling Importer – using business to serve and give back to others
The Mountain Climber – Climbed Mount Everest, reached the top of the mountain, persevered and overcome self doubt
I feel great to give back to The Clothing Bank all the skills I have learnt.
They gave us skills that can build someone’s person
I have always been trading but I was living hand to mouth
Poverty is a state of mind. I changed my state of mind
I gained my family’s love
I feel like I was in the dark but now I see the light
Wake up and do your thing
It is possible to change your life
I am stronger than ever
TBC gave me the life-time gift of knowledge
The ball is in your court
I can achieve whatever I put my mind to - no excuses
I can make a difference in my kids’ lives
I would not change my life for anything
I can feel that I’m living life now.
Now I see where I am going.
Stand up and look for something. Make research, ask for help, don’t sit there and feel ashamed, learn to be independent and learn to be responsible. Take action, one step at a time.
At the beginning, there was always self-pity. Then the lecturer will say: ‘Pull yourself towards yourself and do something with your life, because if you’re not going to do it, no one else is going to do it.
I always try to turn the negatives in life into positives. My advice to women is - believe in yourself.
The day I stepped out of my abusive, aggressive marriage it was like somebody takes the cement bags off my shoulders and throws them away.
Grab every positive opportunity that comes your way, if you see that opportunity and grab it - you will go far.
Someone’s success is my motivation, especially women because I ask myself ‘If she can do it - why can’t I?’ I can become not her, but the best of her.
My mother used to love us very much, she was very poor but she gave us love. Love is very important because when you’ve got love you’ve got hope. You tell yourself everything’s going to be all right.
What makes me proud is to see other people succeed, especially if I’ve planted something in those people - I like to see them succeed.
I am worried about people who give up easily, I want to teach them how life is. Life is not about what you want, it’s about the way it is - so you must live with the way life is.
I say never give up. Don’t say ‘I’m old’, it’s nothing to do with ‘I’m old’, life continues, you can still change your life never mind how old you are.
Women must know and value time, they must know that working hard pays off at the end of the day.
are suffering it
doesn’t mean that you are dead,
when things happen that you didn’t think could happen to you - it doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. You can still stand up.
I like to
other women out there.
Running a business is not easy - if you want to be successful you must follow
your own dream, sleep less and work hard.
Women must work hard, they must put effort into everything they’re doing. They must know each and every corner of everything they do so that they can be productive. Hard work makes success.
I tell my sister,
‘Try and do something,
you mustn’t just sit down’
because I’m not sure she can
be strong like me when her
husband is no longer around.
Find your gifts -
all people they have a gift.
It’s either a gift of singing,
of playing, of talking. You can
do something good with your gift.
I know I’ve got
my kids, so I have to get up even if I don’t want to, even if I don’t feel like it, I must, because of my responsibilities.
Your kids are watching you, they don’t hear what you’re saying, they don’t do what you tell them to do but they will do what you do, so if you live right your kids will, definitely.
I’m HIV positive
and I hear my status in 1999.
I think it’s more right to know
your status than you don’t know - because I’m living positively.
If you don’t do things for yourself no one will do it for you.
Don’t just say that person can do that thing but you can’t do it. You can do it. If that person can do it why you can’t do it?
I show the world I’m strong
and I’m beautiful. I don’t want my daughter to feel my pain,
I want her to have a better life.
If you are a
woman who’s sitting doing nothing -
get up and do something to your life. I also did it, I got up and I am doing something that changed my life.
Women must learn to stand for themselves. They must set their goals every day and write down their goals.
I’m a hustler, a go-getter and a hard worker because if I put my mind on something I make sure that I achieve that. That’s what I can say about me.
We expect things to be done for us, rather than going out there, finding things for ourselves and working hard. Everything that’s worth having is worth working hard for.
All of us,
we can make it
if you tell yourself you can do it. Falling down doesn’t mean that you are dead. Wake up and keep on trying, you will make it.
As a woman you don’t need to come and ask other people or wait for a man to come to you and give you things. Wake yourself, stand up and do everything you want to do.
at your body
and say ‘I can’t’.
I’ve had two operations on my legs but I don’t think, ‘I can’t do this.’ No! I tell myself, whatever I want,
I will achieve at the end.
The woman is
very important, even
if the circumstances can drive her in the wrong way - if she has that strong bone, that woman can make things happen. I’m that person, I make things happen.
You don’t have to
wait for somebody to give you something. Whatever you can put on the table, go for it. You can start very small - do not despise small beginnings, they will take you somewhere.
South African women
want to rely on men but
you must have your own money.
Life is better when you are a strong woman - an independent woman.
You can live
without a job
working for someone else - you can do something with your own hands.
Don’t listen to
the wrong people. You have to
be a good example to the women.
Go and see
what you can do
for yourself and stand on a positive side. Just tell yourself you will stand up one day and do what is right for you.
I always thinking about doing some course I could do so that I can work on my own, especially with my hands.