"I used to attend the meetings before but without contributing because our views as women were not being considered. Through trainings by Emthonjeni I have now assumed leadership position in my village as the Village Agriculture Coordinator (VAC). I gained confidence and I am active now in community projects thanks to Emthonjeni. I call for meetings and now people listen to me on issues related to agriculture. I work hand in hand with my traditional leaders. Emthonjeni has managed to break previous barriers at a community level and at a personal. We now understand how to engage with the DDF on issues of water for example fixing our boreholes. Previously we had no idea about what to do, or who to approach hence DDF did not attend to our water issues on time. "