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Takhona: A Blossoming Leader

Takhona: A Blossoming Leader

   Thuli Kaledia
   26 June 2019


If you met Takhona before she attended the Economic Empowerment program, you probably would not have recognized her. Low self-esteem and timidity were things she battled with, often shying away from leading in any way at school and during projects. However, after attending regular EE classes for over a year, Takhona is now a completely different person. She recognizes her self-worth which has led to many positive changes in her life and in her mindset.

Takhona first started attending the Makholweni CarePoint when she was in 7th grade and has been a part of the Economic Empowerment program since its implementation. Through the skills training program, she received a scholarship that helped pay for her junior and senior high school education. Attending the CarePoint and benefiting from all the resources it provides has shown Takhona that in order to be a good and effective leader, one has to forge good interpersonal relationships with others, regardless of their socioeconomic status.  

Takhona’s home life is like many others in Eswatini. She lives with multiple family members, including her widowed mother, siblings, and cousins. The family collects rain water for bathing as well as for laundry and there is no electricity in the home. Despite the challenges, Takhona has a bright future ahead of her, with dreams of becoming a midwife one day. 



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