Woman without arms gets new car to help achieve dream of helping others (PHOTOS/VIDEO)


Tinyiko Gwambe is inspiring Mzansi with her commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged children. Not willing to let her own personal challenges stand in the way of her vision, Tinyiko boldly decided to raise funds for a new car, with the hope that it will put her in a better position to help those who need it the most.

Tinyiko is an aspiring social worker who comes from the small town of Tshilamba, Limpopo. Having been born with no arms, Tinyiko has had to adapt to a world that is not as accommodating as it should be for differently-abled people. But this is rapidly changing and Tinyiko aims to be a valuable part of the transformation.

Hoping to be mobile in order to attend lectures and find employment as a social worker, Tinyiko started a successful crowdfunding campaign to buy herself a car, we found.

Tinyiko Gwambe (22) originally from Tshilamba, a small town in Limpopo was born with no arms. Last year, Tinyiko created a campaign on BackaBuddy to raise funds for a vehicle that will allow her to attend lectures and apply for jobs as a social worker. We are happy to announce that Tinyiko has received her new wheels!“I know most people do not understand the challenges faced by people with disabilities who have limited mobility, But it is good to know that there are people out there who think differently and try to understand circumstances of people with disabilities. These people are the ones who made my dreams come true. I would like to thank each and every donor who contributed to my cause. I promise to put the car to good use!Special thanks to my sister, Willemina, fellow BackaBuddy campaign creator, Gugu Molefe who donated R8000 of her funds to my cause and the BackaBuddy Team for their constant support throughout my crowdfunding journey!” – says Tinyiko

Posted by BackaBuddy on Monday, March 11, 2019

Humbly, she thanked everyone who supported her and expressed her appreciation for their understanding of the difficulties that disabled people experience. Tinyiko assured Mzansi that the car will be put to good use.

Tinyiko’s most significant donation came from a young lady, Gugu Molefe, who donated R8000 (N198,803)to Tinyiko’s cause. Gugu and Tinyiko met at a support group for people with disabilities and soon became positive influences in each other’s lives.

Gugu has Osteogenesis imperfecta, which is an incurable disease. Encouraged by Tinyiko’s initiative, Gugu was eager to contribute.

Photo: Facebook/Tinyiko Gwabe

Gugu experienced similar challenges in her journey towards a career in radio broadcasting. Because of her limited mobility in her arms, she is unable to use a wheelchair and lacked the money to be able to buy an electric wheelchair.

Tinyiko helped Gugu crowdfund for her wheelchair last year. The campaign was more successful than the pair could anticipate. When a donor saw Gugu’s campaign, he organised a new electric wheelchair to be donated to Gugu, freeing up the funds raised through the campaign for other expenses.

Gugu decided the best use for the money would be to support Tinyiko and her dream.

This is wonderful.