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Amanda Mamase, 31

Mother of one: 9

Lives in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

I grew up in a family that didn’t have money, but we got much love. My family is so supportive. My mom and dad were not working. We planted mielie-meal and beans and after school we go sell these things.

In Soweto I started selling fruit and vegetables, but I’m running a business without structure and my business is not growing well. I didn’t know how to save money, when I got money I just ate it. At TCB I get the skills. That’s why I am the woman who I am today. They taught me how to communicate with people and I know how to convince people.

You have to work hard, that is important. If I see myself having a big shop I have to start here, to pull up my socks and work hard. That’s how I’m going to get what I want.

My mother told me, ‘I don’t want a daughter who depends on somebody’. I learn that you have to stand by yourself because you see that life is short. If God takes this man you are the only one who can provide for your family. You have to wake up and stand by yourself.