- Tumi Katisi is a young pilot from Soweto
- She shared how she struggled to get sponsorship for her training
- She urged other aspiring pilots not to give up
A young South African pilot has recalled how she struggled immensely to get sponsors to fund her training.
26-year-old Tumi Katisi, from Pimville in Soweto, wrote on Twitter that she applied for over 100 training sponsors.
Out of these, only two companies responded positively and one eventually awarded her R80,000, Briefly.co.za learned.
Tumi added that she almost got arrested while trying to raise funds to pursue her dreams in aviation. Luckily, she said it all came together:
God saw my hustle and blessed me with four other sponsors. Just wanted to share this with anyone who feels like giving up.
In a recent interview with sci4ubuntu.co.za, Tumi said she first became fascinated with flying at a school career fair in 2008. Since then, she hasn't looked back.
Her tweet has inspired hundreds of tweeps, racking up over 100 retweets and 300 likes so far. Some thanked her for sharing her story.
One tweep shared how she's trying to raise funds for her son as well.
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