Mamoepa Story

Mogoshadi Anita Mamoepa, 43, is part of the Buhle group of the Marishana Centre. She joined SEF in 2018. How she ended up joining SEF is a ‘full circle moment’ story and one for the books. Having heard of SEF in 2010, she initially wanted to work for SEF as a Development Facilitator, but due to logistical inconveniences, had lost that hope.

Mamoepa had always wanted to be an entrepreneur and had decided to take a leap of faith into entrepreneurship after witnessing a 70-year-old client, in a neighboring centre meeting, take SEF’s maximum loan. After witnessing how the elderly client utilized the SEF loan to better her financial circumstances through entrepreneurship, Mamoepa felt encouraged to do the same.

Upon her first loan disbursement, she started selling cosmetics. As her loan amounts increased, she later moved to opening a bakery. She is currently applying for the second largest loan amount and hopes to buy land and begin poultry farming.

Mamoepa went on to talk about how loans from commercial banks have restrictions that do not cater to the unemployed, who hope to make something for themselves. She is aware of the ‘loan shark’ stigma that SEF has, but debunks this myth by attesting the following, “SEF has very low interest rates and they help us with Thutopele. SEF has helped me very much.”

Mamoepa is an active member of the Marishane Centre. Serving as Centre Secretary, who serves wholeheartedly with her thorough minute taking and is accurate in recording arrears, fines and other centre activities. She is a leader amongst her peers and elders and helps in providing solutions to disputes/challenges.

Alongside having the full support of her family, Mamoepa believes that she can do anything with SEF. Mamoepa’s story is just one of many stories of the life changing effects, and full circle moments, SEF can have on a woman’s life. SEF encourages bigger dreaming and envisioning more for one’s life.

Like Mamoepa, many of our clients are skilled entrepreneurs just lacking the capital to get started. A little credit goes a long way towards helping these women reach their full potential.

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