Slow –Build Start Up With SEF
Mrs Elisabeth Nolungile Ntakana from Tembeni village in the Eastern Cape region belongs to Siyaphambili (‘Forward we go’ in English) group which falls under Tembeni centre in Tsolo branch. Mrs Ntakana has been with SEF since 2009 and she is currently on loan cycle 20 with an amount of R25 000 over a 6 months loan term, which will be disbursed this May 2019.
Mrs Ntakana stays with her retired husband and 4 of her grand-children (see photo). She provides for their needs including food and school uniforms. When she joined SEF in 2009, she was so excited to have got what she wanted all along and she managed to recruit more women to join the programme. Unfortunately, in 2013 the performance of the centre was bad and it happened that they lost 7 out of 10 groups that were recruited. The remaining 3 groups did not perform well and the Development Facilitator (DF) who was working with them decided to close the centre.
She mention: “I was so heart broken and found myself helpless to realise that I have lost my second husband (SEF) who was giving care to my family. Nevertheless, God helped us to reform the centre later the same year (2013) and now we are having 11 groups and their performance is very good,” she added: “I started very well in 2013 with my group, saving more than a R1000 as an individual. Now I qualified for R22000 and after requesting an increase SEF granted me R25000, which is still fine I guess”.