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Life skills programs for women at the Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation in Vrygrond help unemployed women start their own small businesses. PHOTO: provided

The Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation in Vrygrond offers unemployed women in the community various life skills and leadership programs.

Mymoena Scholtz, founder of the Foundation, said that when women uplift each other, anything is possible.

“The women who join our programs come from different social backgrounds. They do social uplifting programs so that they understand and realize their value and potential.

“Most of the women are unemployed, they don’t have any form of income and we teach them skills, like beading and sewing, so they see they can also run their own business from home.”

She added that the programs available for women include a leadership program, community development, mental health as well as performing arts.

“The Performing Arts program is where women can just release stress, let go, and have fun just being a woman. Focusing on themselves and how they can heal through different methodologies and its simple performing arts that can bring out the beauty.

The women participating in the programs come from all walks of life and range in age from 20 to 73.

“It’s an open program, as long as they are unemployed they can stay in the volunteer program and if the opportunity arises we try to place our women and we also give them computer training.

“So we prepare them for an office administration job, but also if there’s a cleaner position available that they want to do, we also refer them to those opportunities.

“We want to encourage the sector there, if there are job opportunities for women, to get in touch with us.

“We can help women so that they can support themselves.

“We also try to nurture and mentor them as much as possible to build a stronger person, as women face many challenges.

“Women will now be posting what they’ve done on Women’s Day (Tuesday August 9) to encourage other women to come out and empower themselves.”

Scholtz added that often women come from violent areas and face many challenges.

“The women feel really lost, alone and have no one to turn to. If a woman stands up, it brings such joy to my heart and I love seeing women really lift each other up.

“For us as an organization, the program is open to everyone, no matter what region you are from.

“There are no restrictions here, no limits. Anyone who needs social uplift is welcome here. Anyone who wants to grow is welcome in our program.

Lydia Mdzanga (73) – a community worker from Lavender Hill who runs a soup kitchen in the area – is also a volunteer with the Foundation.

“I was a home health aide for many years until I was 60 years old. When I received my pension, my husband and I started the soup kitchen.

“We used our pension to donate food and soup to the community. People still come knocking on my door and asking for something. I can say thank you to Mymoena at Where Rainbows Meet where she supported me.

“There is always someone in need and then we try to help.”

Women are welcome to enroll in the life skills programs available at the Foundation in Vrygrond from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00.