Let­shego do­nates to teenage moth­ers

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

LET­SHEGO Fi­nan­cial So­lu­tions ( LFS) on Tues­day do­nated sewing ma­chines and din­ing hall ta­bles worth M45 000 to the Good Shep­herd Cen­tre for Teenage Moth­ers.

Speak­ing dur­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony in Sehlabeng, Maseru, LFS Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer ‘Malehlo­honolo Van Ton­der said the equip­ment was meant to sup­port the life skills train­ing the young moth­ers were un­der­go­ing at the cen­tre so they can be­come self-re­liant.

“Let­shego is a fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider which cur­rently op­er­ates in nine African coun­tries with our head­quar­ters lo­cated in Botswana. We started op­er­at­ing in Le­sotho in 2012,” said Ms Van Ton­der.

“In each of the coun­tries we op­er­ate, we al­ways do our ut­most to ex­tend a help­ing hand to vul­ner­a­ble groups in the com­mu­nity that sup­ports our busi­ness.”

She said the do­na­tion of the five ma­chines, con­sist­ing of three sewing and two em­broi­dery ma­chines, was meant to equip the young moth­ers with the tools to learn life skills.

“We aim to em­power these women to up­lift them­selves from poverty, and im­plore them to use the equip­ment for its in­tended pur­pose,” Ms Van Ton­der said.

The Good Shep­herd Cen­tre for Teenage Moth­ers pro­vides sin­gle moth­ers in need of help with a safe, sup­port­ive place to live while they learn how to look af­ter them­selves and their chil­dren. The cen­tre of­fers lodg­ing for the teenage moth­ers and their chil­dren as well as vo­ca­tional train­ing for two years. There­after, they are then ex­pected to re­turn to their com­mu­ni­ties as in­de­pen­dent peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to Good Shep­herd Cen­tre for Teenage Moth­ers Di­rec­tor, Sis­ter Jacintha Rantso, the fa­cil­ity was cur­rently car­ing for 28 teenage moth­ers with their 26 chil­dren.

On his part, the cen­tre’s pa­tron, Chief Bereng Seeiso, lauded LFS for the ges­ture and urged other com­pa­nies to ful­fill their cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties by as­sist­ing vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“We are grate­ful for the gifts Let­shego has brought to this home and we can only bid them suc­cess in their en­deav­ors. Let­shego has proven that it is not op­er­at­ing in the coun­try merely for profit-mak­ing pur­poses but also to give back to the so­ci­ety,” said Chief Seeiso.

“We there­fore ask God to bless LFS and urge you to re­mem­ber God is your an­chor when­ever storms come. God is the rea­son we have all gath­ered to­day and that should not be taken lightly. We there­fore need to al­low him to al­ways guide us in ev­ery­thing we as­pire to do.”

LFS CEO ‘Malehlo­honolo Van Ton­der (left) greets some of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries dur­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony.

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