The first participant of a Tafelsig-based empowerment initiative has passed her learners license test.Carmen Oelf (30) has become the first woman to pass, benefiting from free learner classes offered to empower women in Tafelsig. “This is the third time now. The first and second time [I wrote my learners license test], I failed. Going to the learner classes were of a great help,” says Oelf.The classes are offered by Jameelah Liedeman and Joanie Fredericks of Nead Community Development and the Mitchell’s Plain Impact Association who joined forces in December and launched the pilot project in Tafelsig in January (“Driving women empowerment”, People’s Post, 23 January).Recently the pair also expanded the classes to include Beacon Valley and Eastridge (“Driven to expand”, People’s Post, 13 March).Oelf made her appointment in January and saw the classes advertised on Facebook.“I attended the first class to see what it was about. I then attended another class on Saturday because I work, I attended on my off days. It was a great experience. The learner classes really helped because when you are sitting in the [examination room] and you read the test, you get a flashback of what Jameelah said in class and what the answer is,” says Oelf.She salutes Liedeman and Fredericks on creating the initiative and helping women to become empowered and “grow while climbing the ladder of success”.“I can’t wait to go for my drivers. That excitement is there. I want to take that step and feel what it is like to sit behind that wheel. I can’t have a learners and not drive,” she says.“I really take my hat off to Joanie and Jameelah for their part in wanting to help women who want to drive and be empowered.” V For more information, visit the Nead Community Development Facebook page.