We first got to know Constance Garawaziva back in 2020 when she shared her story of healing from heartbreak and tragedy. If you missed her story, you’ll want to read it first here. Constance is back with us today to give us an update on some new developments in her life.
Constance has endured a lot of bittersweet periods in her life that, all put together, have propelled her to where she is right now. From getting married at 19 years old and enduring two abusive marriages to having to relocate to another country just to take care of her two children. She worked on farms as a strawberry picker then finally ending up as a housemaid, which, for a time, she thought she was destined to be for the rest of her life.
Unbeknownst to her, her story was to take a different direction when one of the ladies from her church challenged her to take up an accounting diploma and told her a testimony of a woman who’d had no children and had become a mockery until she took the course and changed her life for the better. At that time, that woman had already bought a car for herself.
Constance shared with The Weight She Carries just how impactful that testimony was.
“That testimony really inspired and pushed me to challenge myself and take the course, which came with its own challenges, of course. From having to pay for my own tuition and still having to continue taking care of my children’s needs back home, I will say that a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it.
Most people don’t ever start because they don’t want to be seen starting from the bottom. We all have to start somewhere. It’s not how we start but how we finish.
Opportunity met me at my lowest. I had been searching for a job for months to no avail. During that time, I learnt to put myself out there until I found out about an opening of the nail studio through a friend from church who passed on my CV for me. Shortly afterwards, I was called for an interview. I was really fearful of failing, but I chose to remain positive, and it worked out because I got the job as an administrator.
Just before starting the job, I was fearful of leaving my employer at the time, wondering how they were going to cope without me. And at the same, I was stepping into new territory and did not know what to expect or what was expected of me.
The general perception is that once a maid always a maid, which is far from the truth. I was determined to make something of myself after being encouraged by my fellow church mate and hearing about the other lady’s testimony. I can truly say that the tears and sleepless nights were worth it.
My encouragement to anyone is that learn a new skill at 35, even at 40. It’s never too late to start anything. Never procrastinate or hesitate; just jump into it!
We all start from somewhere, and do not despise humble beginnings.