My name is Tracy and I’m 20. My father is a farmer and I’m the youngest of 9 children.
During a community meeting, a golden opportunity presented itself. I learned about an economic empowerment project run by Plan International designed to improve women’s literacy, numeracy, vocational skills and business knowledge.
After the training I was able to secure a work placement at a children’s home. I was able to pick things up very quickly and the hands-on experience I gained boosted my confidence.
After the work placement, I enrolled onto the entrepreneurship skills training as part of Plan International’s economic empowerment project. I learned how to set up and develop my own business. I was also trained in the village savings and loans model to generate income and develop my business.
I successfully completed the course and gained a certificate that is recognised in my country as well as South Africa and Botswana. However, I quickly realised the chances of getting a formal job were very limited due to the economy in our country. With the money I borrowed from my village savings and loans group, I bought a second-hand sewing machine.