In the heart of Kauma, within Traditional Authority Chimutu’s domain, resides a remarkable woman named Gladys Makunganya. She’s not just a resident of this vibrant community; she’s a beacon of strength and resilience.
Gladys’s journey unfolds through her words, a testament to her unwavering spirit. She’s not just any woman; she’s a vital part of the Gender and Justice Unit (GJU), where she empowers others to rise above adversity.
But Gladys has known hardship intimately. In her thirteenth year of marriage, her husband left for South Africa, promising a better life. However, the promises turned hollow, leaving Gladys and her children in despair. Facing an uncertain future, Gladys embarked on a journey of survival. She took up piecework, a valiant attempt to provide for her family, yet life remained a relentless challenge.
Then, fate intervened in the form of a job opportunity. The management at GJU, saw the potential in Gladys and offered her a lifeline. Starting as an Office Assistant, Gladys soon rose to the role of Coordinator, dedicated to helping others facing similar struggles.
As a Coordinator, Gladys’s mission is clear: to connect with women in need, offer support, and reignite hope in their hearts. Her soothing words and encouraging spirit breathe life into the despairing. But Gladys’s journey didn’t stop there. With newfound confidence and guidance from the Gender and Justice Unit, she ventured into business, determined to create a brighter future for herself and her family. Even though her education had only reached Form 2, Gladys dreams of returning to school one day. Her priorities now lie with ensuring her children receive the education they deserve and securing a piece of land for their future.
Gladys Makunganya’s story is about transformation, resilience, and unwavering determination. Through her work and her spirit, she embodies the spirit of hope and empowerment that the Gender and Justice Unit stands for. “GJU Gladys’ Story” is a tale of triumph over adversity, proving that even in the darkest times, the human spirit can shine brightly.