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Valerie Grootboom, 50


Women need to know my story so that they can learn that you don’t need to be stuck in a situation that life throws at you. 

Valerie is a sewing lady from Paarl. Previously, Valerie was working as a domestic worker earning R100 a day.  She was looking after her mother, her down syndrome brother and her disabled nephew. And life was really tough.

When she first joined TCB and started buying bags of damaged clothing to repair and resell, she did not think it would work but she persevered. She set up a stand at the mall on weekends.

In the beginning to save money, Valerie would jog home instead of spending money on a taxi.

Valerie’s business just grew and grew and she has never looked back. She now employs one person and has put her son through matric.  She’s proud that her other two children are doing well at school.

Valerie also buys fabric and makes garments herself to sell.  She would like to go on a pattern making course and grow her clothing design business – her dream is to have her own clothing label one day.

Valerie prioritized paying off all her debt and she now is debt free with financial freedom. She has renovated her house and in 2019 took her first holiday ever with a group of friends.  She has also bought a house in Plettenberg Bay, which she plans to turn into an income generating business.

Her message to other women is: “Reach our for help because there is hope, hard work does payoff and believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel – I am living proof of that”