A single mother reveals some of the obstacles she faces in her struggle to make ends meet while following her dreams at the same time in an inspiring Facebook post
Kgomotso from Soweto told her story to Facebook page I Have a Name recently, explaining how when her family had experienced difficult times her mother had moved them to Orange Farm.
The single mom of two said that she had been volunteering at her local community center with children and loved it, but found it hard to follow her heart but still support herself and her family.
"When I was little I used to see myself as a big shot CEO one day, or someone working in a bank, a leader with lots of people working under me." she said laughing.
When asked what would have made her childhood dreams a reality she replied,
"“ The thing is with our people is that we have had to start from the ground up . My parents did not have money and so after school I could not study and had to find anything I could to do to make a living to survive . "
Kgomotso went on to say that if she had been able to study she might have had a chance to do better for herself. When she had gotten her first job she saved every cent that she could until she had enough to enroll herself in a computer literacy course.
" I needed money for the course, money for travel and for food during those months . Transport cost R15 each day at that time." she said.
Not only would she be facing down all of those challenges but she also had to request leave for the 6 months the course would take to complete.
"My boss was shocked, he had never heard of anyone taking unpaid leave to study before ."
In spite of the odds stacked against her she managed to complete the course and returned to work, a true feat of determination.
However, the single mother is still ever hopeful that her shot at greater things might present itself.
"I would really like an opportunity to make a better life for my kids and be able to save so that they don’t have to start from the bottom up and have a chance to study"
It truly takes a strong woman to defeat all these insurmountable odds Kgomotso has faced in her journey to better herself. And an even stronger one to do so and to remain a devoted mother.
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