From poverty to graduate: Meet the lady paving the way for herself

From poverty to graduate: Meet the lady paving the way for herself

- A woman, Tshegofatso Glow Mothibi, graduated from the University of Technologysome time ago

- However, despite obtaining a higher education qualification, she has failed to land a job

- Mothibi decided to take matters into her own hands and she wrote a book

- The autobiography is set to be published next year

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Unemployment is at an all-time high in South Africa and sadly, graduates form part of the statistics of jobless people.

One woman who is no stranger to the struggles of unemployment and poverty is Tshegofatso Glow Mothibi.

"I'm an unemployed graduate, I studied Human Resources Management at the Tshwane University of Technology," she told

However, despite not landing a job, Mothibi decided to pave a way for herself by writing her first book - an autobiography about poverty and abuse.

The stunning graduate said her book, which is said to be published next year, will detail the struggles faced in so many South Africans families today.

"I chose this topic because poverty is one of the main issues that we're facing in our country. I grew up poor, I was exposed to the life of poverty from the age of 12 and even today, I'm still in the same situation," she said.
From poverty to graduate: Meet the lady paving the way for herself

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Mothibi said she had reached a point in her life where toothpaste became a luxury - one she could not afford.

Trying to make ends meet, Mothibi would collect cans of cold drinks and beer bottles and sell them.

She added:

"I used to be seen with beer bottles almost all the time and normally when you see someone with a beer bottle, you will think that they are drinking but that was not the case with me, I have never tasted alcohol."

She realised that her story is shared by thousands of others and that was when Mothibi decided to write a book.

In her autobiography, she explains how she grew up in a family plagued with domestic violence and how it affected her.

"I have realised that some of us are suffering in silence," she said, adding that poverty makes people feel powerless.

The beautiful author revealed the goal of her sharing her story is to inspire others, letting them know they are not alone.

Despite still not having a job and a couple of months before her book launch, Mothibi said she remains positive.

But she hopes to see a united South Africa that works hard to eradicate poverty in Mzansi.

As for those who have dreams that might seem impossible given their current circumstances, Mothibi encourages them to follow it.

"If one has a dream, they should start to work on their dreams today. Start now. Focus on your dream," she said.

Her book is said to launch early next year and Mothibi hopes that South Africans will show her support.

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