- In an exclusive interview, a young woman explains how she was able to overcome depression and abuse
- In the process, she also began a very successful tapestry business that currently pays all her bills and puts food on the table
- The success of her business has also seen her having workshops that equipt people with similar tapestry dreams, acquire the necessary skills
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Reitumetse Molapo is the owner of a successful tapestry business. She also hosts workshops that help other South African men and women who are interested in the tapestry industry acquire the skills they will need to start their own business.
In an exclusive interview with Briefly.co.za, Reitumetse explains how she was not always the successful young woman she now is. According to her, she has had to overcome a plethora of struggles in order to make it as far as she did.
"I got married at 23 and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.Three years later my mum got diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. When she got sick, I had to leave my job to look after her because I was the only girl in the family."
Reitumetse then goes on to share that just when she thought life couldn't get any worse, her husband started changing. He was no longer the loving and supportive man she got married to in the beginning.
"My husband started changing and even resigned without telling me, lying that he was fired. He also started smoking and beating me. I would leave and return after he told me he was sorry. I sank deep into depression and had no where to go."
She did not allow those obstacles to get into her way. With only R200 in her pocket and big dreams of a better life for herself and her daughter, Reitumetse decided to invest in a tapestry business, which proved to be the best decision she ever made.
"I started my business with R200. I went to a fabric shop and bought some items and made a rug. I also advertised my work on social media and offered to teach people how to make rugs.That was my biggest breakthrough, at my first workshop I had over 30 people in attendance."
With her rugs selling like hotcakes and people flooding to her workshops, Reitumetse is now able to provide a better life for herself and her young daughter. She is also staring at her depression in a rearview mirror.
Her hopes for the future are to start even bigger workshops and eventually open up a large store in which she plans to sell her beautiful rugs.
In similar heartwarming Briefly.co.za news, a young man has shared the inspirational story of how he managed to turn his private bedroom into an Art Studio. Driven by his passion for art and his determination to uplift his community, Sakumzi Nyendwana decided to take the leap and give up his personal space or a good cause.
Starting with his brother, Msindisi Nyendwana as his first art student, the two quickly turned the place into a wondrous showroom, filling it with art pieces that educated youngsters in the community on the countries rich background.
It also became a beautiful place to visit for those in the community who had an interest in art but no money to visit expensive art museums and art studios. Making use of recycled things found at scrapyards and dump sites, the brothers lit up their little art studio.
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