SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
When I started working at the start of my career, I struggled to find somebody who could clean my house while I was at work. I thought I couldn’t be the only person in this dilemma. On the other hand I was challenged by the fact that many women did not get formal education but can work. I decided to start a cleaning company and employ and empower able bodied women who are not absorbed by the job market. I wanted to empower them through training such that they can realise opportunities for growth and financial independence just like men.
As a start up entrepreneur, I have learnt that most of us fail because of lack of proper training. We are not well equipped with the right skills and attitudes to run businesses. One needs good support system. Basotho are brilliant people with great ideas. But we lack information, networks and platforms where like minded people meet and share ideas, knowledge and experiences as well as mentorship structures. I applaud international initiatives like YALI because one can only learn so much from people around them. Our only salvation may as well be found in entrepreneurship in order to achieve economic development, the kind of entrepreneurship that is sustainable and adds value to people’s lives and it is my wish that people are stimulated and hungry enough to want to play even the smallest part in their corners of influence to drive Lesotho forward.