Where there are determination and passion people flourish

“Before Phakamisa Girls Economic Empowerment Programme, I was a high school dropout with a very bleak future and Sasopsbiz shone a light and I am now a working Peer Educator leading more than 10 other young women in my community.”

Since joining the PGEEP Hugs programme Nomfundo has come out of her shell. She started as a very quiet member of the group who was very cooperative and attended all sessions. I guess she was taking it all in, because when we had our Business Pitch Competition she challenged herself and gathered a team to present a business idea in front of the panel.

Although, her group did not win anything, it was after this meeting that we started seeing her mettle. She came out of her shell and always volunteered her services. When we started selling eggs, she was one of the few people that started selling and brought back the capital. She then became one of our most successful peer educators where she went beyond the call of duty.

“ This programme has given me such confidence. My community now looks up to me and they ask for my opinion on things, which was not the case before. My family is surprised that I could gather people and have them look up to me for information and advise”

Nomfundo was at home still contemplating what to do with her life when she heard of the PGEEP Programme. She joined at the beginning of the programme. A very quiet and shy individual but who attended all our training courses and seemed keen to learn. We were only able to see potential in her when we were doing roleplays for the job interviews and we saw her come alight.

She then enrolled for our business pitching competition with her team and did not win. However, her confidence kept growing and we already noticed her commitment and excitement about the programme. She then became one of our Peer educators where she became a star performers. She has been able to recruit more than 10 young women from her community. Used her own skills to teach them to do sewing and beadwork.

She taught them life skills and was also able to mobilise 15 of them to take part in our 16 Days of Activism where they rendered a stage play on GBV.

She has become a leader in her community and is respected by her community. She is now economically empowered and started her perfume business. She has also found a job in Howick.