Victoria's story

Name: Victoria Booysen

Company: Bayede Marketing (Pty) Ltd

One area of hardship for you:

Loss of income due to Covid-19.

Is your family healthy during COVID?

Yes they are.

What is your dream/wish?

I wish for my children to just be the best they can be.

What has been the best advise you have received from your mother or women in your life?

To never give up on yourself.

What is your Story?

I’m from Paarl. I come from a broken home. Dad had multiple women in his life, therefore, I have many step-siblings. Dad never helped mom raise me and my little sister. Mom went out every day to give us a good life. She taught us to be independent, to never depend on a man. She worked hard to help us finish school. After school I worked, got married and had 2 kids, but eventually got divorced because of abuse. I’m a single parent and have to provide for my kids and my grandma.

How will the Manna project benefit you?

The Manna Project will help secure my job so I can still provide for my family, because after the lockdown, business has really slowed down and I’m worried about my family’s future.

Acts of Kindness that you have experienced in your life:

Getting this job with no experience.

Your favourite inspirational quotation or verse:

"The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.”

What gives you strength in difficult times?

Knowing that The Lord will never forsake me.

If you could say one thing to your mom that you've never been able to say, what would it be?

Thank you for her courage in bringing us up the best way she could despite her difficulties with abuse.

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