Business Woman: Edith Monareng

In this mentoring moments we speak to Edith Monareng, the founder of ECLAH pre-school, who has created a community where children can find empowerment by fully exploring their gifts and talents.

Inside Woman: Tell us a little about yourself and how you ended up doing what you’re doing now?

Edith Monareng: I developed the love for children when I was a child myself. I used to baby-sit children in my neighbourhood. As a result, when I had my own child, I started volunteering as an aftercare teacher at her school. Many of the parents commended me and encouraged me to start my own pre-school. In 1994, I established ECLAH Pre-school, which now has 3 branches, and growing, around Johannesburg.

Inside Woman: Do you consider your profession a calling?

Edith Monareng: Definitely! God has given me the love for children and the tenacity for business. Through this gift, like His word says, He has brought me in the presence of kings, like the former SA President, Thabo Mbeki, and the current SA President, Jacob Zuma.

Inside Woman: As an entrepreneur how are you protecting yourself from recession?

Edith Monareng: To be honest, it has not affected me because God has given me the power to create wealth.


Inside Woman: What made you decide to go into business and how long have you been in business?

Edith Monareng: I've always wanted to run my own business. I started being an entrepreneur at the age of 10, doing classmates' Maths homework for 2.5cents each during the week; and on weekends, doing people's hair, cleaning their houses and doing their laundry. I've been running ECLAH Pre-school as long as our democracy has been established, 15years.

Inside Woman: Looking back on your business decisions, is there anything that you would have done differently?

Edith Monareng: No. I'm learning a lot and improving with time.

Inside Woman: Did you have any formal business training? Do you think this is important to be successful?

Edith Monareng: I studied marketing management part-time. Even though, I didn't complete it, it helped a lot in running my business successfully.

Inside Woman: What do you love most about your job?

Edith Monareng: Seeing the enrichment of my learner’s lives, spiritually academically and socially. E.g. a learner comes to our school for the first time, not knowing how to speak English, can't hold a pen, and very shy; by the time they leave they can express themselves fluently in English, able to read and write, and stand in front their peers to tell a story.

Inside Woman: You are a Christian. How do you approach your business decisions?

Edith Monareng: I seek God's guidance, help and direction. I apply the wisdom God has given me and do not compromise His values and principle.

Inside Woman: How long did you have to work before you achieved that initial success? 

Edith Monareng: After a year of starting the business, I was able to buy my first car. I opened the second branch in 2007 and the third branch in 2008.

Inside Woman: How do you motivate yourself to go on when you face challenges?

Edith Monareng: I pray; trust in God and; hold to His promises.

Inside Woman: What advice do you have for Christian women who are just starting out in business?

Edith Monareng: Do not procrastinate; do not be fearful and lean on God because He gives us the power to create wealth.

Inside Woman: What is your advice to black Christian women and young girls struggling to find their true passion in life?

Edith Monareng: Find out what it is that you are good and love to do. Money will follow.

Inside Woman: What can Christian women do to empower themselves? 

Edith Monareng: They must know that they are here on earth for an assignment, and they must find out what that assignment is.

Inside Woman: What’s your favourite scripture and why?

Edith Monareng: Deuteronomy 8:18 "...remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth..." I love this scripture because it is the one that makes me not to doubt that I will always succeed in what I do, no matter what.