Women empowered in business

2015-09-09 06:00
WOMEN were in a good mood on the day. 

Kwena Komape

WOMEN were in a good mood on the day. Photos: Kwena Komape

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(WEMI) held its 8th annual seminar in Galeshewe to celebrate women in business.

The theme for the seminar, held on Saturday (22/08), was Make it happen.

It spoke to all women who want to get ahead in their established businesses or new ones.

Boitumelo Mogotsi gave testimony of how WEMI helped her start a business.

She said that she used to be so helpless without a job and sometimes even sold vegetables on the streets.

Then she met Past. Lilly Fritz who introduced her to WEMI and she invited her to their meetings.

Fritz is the founder of WEMI and the organisation is all about motivating women in general.

“WEMI taught me how to save,” said Boitumelo.

“At first I was disappointed that WEMI is not employing anyone, because I thought I had found a job when I was first introduced to it.

“I attended a skills development programme where I was awarded a certificate,” Boitumelo continued.

Aligning herself to the theme of the day, Mogotsi testified that she made it happen as she is now the owner of Tumi’s Arts and Crafts.

Another testimony came from Lizzie Seema who is the owner of Lizzie’s Body Massage and Spa.

Seema, who worked for 30 years at the Kimberley Hospital, encouraged women to pamper themselves regularly as they deal with a lot of challenges in life.

She also encouraged women to join organisations like WEMI so that they can support each other’s businesses.

“The Department of Economic Affairs representative explained the opportunities it offers to women to enable them to start their own businesses,” said Stella Motsaraote, a representative of the department.

“The department involves the community by creating awareness of the services they offer.

“We hold workshops for community members who would like to establish businesses or expand them,” continued Motsaraote.

She encouraged women to register their companies, even if, at the time, they don’t have services to offer.

Georgina Links of the Commission of Gender Equality also advised women not to ever doubt their worth.

“Women in rural areas still need to stand up against gender inequality and organisations like WEMI are there to make sure information reaches them. Behind every successful woman is yourself,” emphasised Links.

Fritz started the organisation with her two sisters in 2011. So far the organisation has empowered 13 people around Kimberley.

She encouraged women in business to save and to realise that all wisdom and knowledge comes from God

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