A story of strength, determination, resilience and love. In our next #InspiredSeries story, we feature MTN ‘pioneer’, Mukamana Xavina, from MTN Rwanda. Read her story below:

My story starts way back… In the 1994 Rwandan genocide, I lost my dad and four siblings. My daughter, Chantal, was also born that year. A much-needed silver lining amid a personal storm. Here I was, a new mum, grieving the loss of my family and to make matters worse, I didn’t have a home I could call my own.

Often, these sorts of stories don’t have fairy-tale endings, but mine does…

The truth is, we only have one shot at life, and I wasn’t going to take these punches laying down. I owed it to myself, my family and my daughter to create a better life for us. After three years in technical school, specialising in tailoring and cooking, I worked for a few companies as a housekeeper. My life officially changed in 1998 when I was headhunted by MTN Rwanda, when they opened their doors for the very first time.

At that point, I knew that there was no slowing down.

MTN in Rwanda grew at such a rapid pace that they eventually outsourced a housekeeping company, but I was not left behind. Throughout my 23 years with MTN, I’ve had leaders who invested in me and gave me the freedom to learn new skills. I can firmly say that MTN has made me who I am today. I moved from being a housekeeper, to a messenger, offering pantry services for my colleagues, and today I also assist with administrator services for Board meetings and other special requests. Recently, I was recognised as an MTN ‘pioneer’ in MTN Rwanda and what an honour that was!

Not only have I developed in my career, but I also met the love of my life, my husband, who worked as a security guard here at MTN. After working together for two years, he declared his love for me, and as they say, the rest is history! We’ve been together for nine years now.

As the years went by, I got married, bought a car, and even became a homeowner… A life I had never envisioned for myself, considering my past. You see, when you come from hardship, that’s all you expect.

I’ve been blessed to work with MTNers who have invested in my growth and continue to treat me with respect. These MTNers aren’t just colleagues, these are friendships that will last a lifetime. It truly doesn’t get any better than this.

I love the working environment and the space to dream big, try new things and achieve the impossible. One day, I hope to save up enough money to invest in a small side business.

My advice to fellow MTNers? The things your heart desires won’t come easy. Life is a journey, a beautiful one at that – even with all its ups and downs. So, love the job you do, embrace a savings spirit and Live Inspired!