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Amanda Mamase, 31

Mother of one: 9

Lives in Khayelitsha, Cape Town

I’ve suffered hardships, disappointments, deaths all that, it’s these things that hinder you and make you stuck. I think it’s about putting the past into the past.

I used to do hair. People liked the clothes I’m wearing, so I check where to find clothes to sell to them. At TCB that’s where I got the skills. When I was doing my own thing I didn’t really know what to do with my money, so I will go buy whatever I need with that money. Now I’m skilled, equipped, I realise what it means to run a proper business.

In our communities most women are entirely depending on men. I will never be dependent on a man, regardless if he’s my husband - I need to be independent. I need to stand up for myself.

Men are regarded as great people, but we are the ones raising men, we give birth to them, teach them and mould them. If we don’t instil values in our children - who will become the future leaders?