The apprentice: Mateboho
Mateboho lives with her three children, her mother, sister and her four children. “I completed my form 5 in 2005. After I finished there I had a desire to go to tertiary, but my parents could not afford to send me.” While she never had the chance to pursue further study, she hasn’t given up hope that one day she might be able to continue her education.
Mateboho first became interested in bee farming thanks to her neighbour Phakiso Piti who had earlier joined the Holy Cross honey group and had begun keeping beehives on the ridge above his home. His hives were just small dots on the horizon when viewed from Mateboho’s home, yet they aroused her interest. Maybe she could become a bee farmer too?
Mateboho plucked up the courage to approach the group and asked to join. She remembers some members being apprehensive and one saying, “Oh no, women are going to increase our workload”. But that perspective wasn’t supported by all, especially not Phakiso and Kelebone. In the end Kelebone had the final say and Mateboho joined as the group’s youngest member and first woman.