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| Sebotse is a single mother with two children living in Tafelkop, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Prior to taking out a microloan, Sebotse made a living selling second hand clothes, blankets, and mopane worms. She was always struggling to make ends meet to support herself and her children as her business was just too small to bring in enough income. That changed when Sebotse took out her first micro-loan.
Sebotse Phasha joined Tsoga Micro Finance in January 2008, after hearing about the organisation from relatives at Dennilton (Stomp), where Tsoga had first started their operations.
When Sebotse heard about what Tsoga was doing she got very excited and immediately ran home and started organising some interested business women in her village so that they could form a borrower group. After marshalling the women, she contacted the organisation and was soon in possession of her first loan.
Now, Sebotse is on her third loan with Tsoga and her business is doing really well. She has managed to diversify her products and has added perfumes, drums and herbs to her stock. With the profits from her business she has started to build a house for herself and her family and is very pleased to have a new kitchen unit in her home. She is thankful for the help that the loans have given her, but points out with a smile, that hard work is the real key to success.
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