“Ten years ago I had my son. I was 19 years old and I thought I would never end up graduating and being successful. I wish I could have said to myself: believe in yourself and your abilities, everything is going to come together, and this boy will be the best thing to have ever happened to you and your relationship with your mother. Work hard and smart and you will get that degree and become an attorney.”
Today, Tebello Motshwane has overcome various hurdles, including financial set-backs at the beginning of her career, to become the founder and managing director of Sister in Law — a platform dedicated to empowering women through legal education.
“I want women to be more empowered when it comes to legal issues that affect them and their family lives. It is important that women know how marriage contracts affect them, what the consequences of divorce are, how to apply for a protection order, how to apply for child maintenance and the importance of having a will in place. The more I can empower younger women, the fewer families will be torn apart by legal issues.”
In recent years, her tireless work has paid off: she’s been able to expand the Sister in Law operation to Botswana and Lesotho, and has also been selected as a fellow for the business leadership programme of the Nelson Mandela Washington Fellowship. “This opportunity is going to allow me to expand my business: it will teach me how to apply for funding, how to draw proposals, financial management, marketing skills, how to identify projects to collaborate on and how to increase human resource capacity in my company.”