Nolusapho Ratazayo of Xhora Branch, joined SEF back in 2008 and was a member of Lithalethu Centre. When the centre was not performing well, her DF at the time, Thembisa, decided to close the centre, but because she saw that Mrs Ratazayo really loved SEF, she motivated her to continue in another centre in another village. Nolusapho heeded the advice and joined in a neighbouring village called Gangxo. After 2 years of enduring the long distance travel between her home and the village where the centre was, she approached the new Branch Manager and convinced her to re-open their original centre in her village. The centre was successfully re-opened much to Nolusapho’s delight.
She proudly won the ‘Best Saver’ award for 3 consecutive years and has been taken the maximum loan size allowed until recently. She now has a loan of R25000 and has expressed a lot of interest in the Larger Loan Program. Her absolute favourite SEF activity is saving; “SEF has helped me to save money, which was a challenge to me. These savings are helping in the smooth running of my businesses” she shared. After centre meetings, you will more often than not find her motivating other clients, as she is the Chairperson of the centre.