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Woman a pillar for all

Alinah Marumo is the heart and soul of her community and is committed to education, skills development and training.

To add to her many accolades, Marumo has been recognised as a Clover Mama Afrika.

This initiative aims to empower women in communities across the nation with various vital skills such as cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, business management and food gardening.

Marumo runs the Ikemiseng Crèche and Pre-School in Thabong where she cares for 130 pre-school children.

She founded Ikemiseng in 1989, and the children she cares for range in age from new-born to six years of age.

Hers motto is: “Let them stand for themselves to face the future.”

But Marumo’s commitment to education does not end there. She noticed the need for job creation in her area and rolled up her sleeves to assist her community.

Marumo provides skills training to members of her community in an effort to help them uplift themselves. She created vegetable gardens and taught the community about it too, so that they can become self-reliant.

She prides herself on the expansion of her income-generating projects, which includes a bakery which sells products to the community. She also hands out bread to needy households on a weekly basis. Her sewing project provides members with access and training to create items that can be sold.

A great example of this is the story of Maria Putlane, one of the women at her centre who has been sewing for the centre for well over three years, and who now teaches young learners how to sew.

The Clover Mama Afrika’s attend training sessions where they are supplied with the necessary tools, equipment, and infrastructure to create an income for themselves.

To ensure that the mamas’ centres are sustainable and that they are working on their set out objectives, the Clover Mama Afrika team does regular monitoring and evaluations. During one such a visit Prof. Elain Vlok, founder of Clover Mama Afrika, had an opportunity to review some of the garments that the ladies have made at one of Marumo’s centres.

Marumo proudly showed Vlok the pots she has been using for 43 years to prepare meals to feed hundreds of people at the various community functions she caters for.

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