Thobile Mudau joined SEF in June 2017 at Tanganani centre. At that time, her dream was to expand her sewing business, but unfortunately she did not have the start-up capital to do it. This inspired her to become a SEF’s client, and she started off by taking a loan of R2500, which boosted her business. She started making school uniforms and wedding attires among other things. Currently, Thobile is on loan cycle number 8 and is taking a loan of R25000; every loan cycle she has been taking a higher loan amount to invest in her business.The COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected her sewing business and made her switch over to chicken farming, as she explains. “I used to complain about the COVID-19 problem, until I realised I was complaining to the wrong persons. So, I decided to replace complaining with trying new things that could fit into our ‘new normal’, because I believe that the little money I can make in that way, makes a difference” says Thobile.