Our Story
We have come far from our advocacy blogging, to unregistered group status, to formally registering (CR 11551) and scaling impact. From social entrepreneurship to grassroots non-profit operating models, we have learned and scaled within the limited cards we’ve been dealt.
WE ARE:
Unequivocally African
Unapologetically Queer
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Our Story

We have come far from our advocacy blogging, to unregistered group status, to formally registering (CR 11551) and scaling impact. From social entrepreneurship to grassroots non-profit operating models, we have learned and scaled within the limited cards we’ve been dealt.

WE ARE
Unapologetically Queer
Unequivocally African

October 2012

Botswana Pride

Everybody now admits that apartheid was wrong, and all I did was tell the people who wanted to know where I came from how we lived in South Africa. I just told the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can’t do anything about that.
Miriam Makeba

First ever alternative to Johannesburg pride

On 6 October 2012, the first ever alternative to Johannesburg pride event was created for solidarity. Those who could not afford to attend Johannesburg Pride were given the space to freely be and connect. Although it was a volunteer initiative under another LGBT organisation; promises to support were unfulfilled, leaving three young volunteers of that organisation to start a new path towards autonomously exercising agency and working towards organizing for themselves. Having done it without funding or support from the LGBT organisation, the three decided to take up the challenge to set up one that is true and non-extractive to its vision. PinkAnatomyBW was formed as the first LGBTIQ+ affirming citizen reporting media tool. Advocacy blogging on LGBTIQ+ issues, conducting research and curating content for LGBTIQ+ youth.

October 2013

Annual General Meeting

There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known – 1987
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Unprecedented election to Chair an LGBT organisation

In an unprecedented election to Chair an LGBT organisation, having been a support group focal point for Gaborone and an HIV peer educator, one of the founders navigated politics and variant stakeholder dynamics rooted in gate keeping and interpersonal relations. That fateful weekend morning included having one of the most prominent activists pay for our founder’s membership to attend the Annual General Meeting. As attendees deliberated that the nominated office bearers were inadequate, our founder ended up nominated from the floor and elected as Chair. As a 23-year-old corporate professional elected to oversee what came to be and environment of questionable practices, ethics and ineffectiveness – our founder resigned in April 2014. Requests by the organisation’s previous leadership to return were declined.

December 2014

Gate Keeper

If you stick a knife in my back 9 inches and pull it out 6 inches, that’s not progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. The progress comes from healing the wound that the blow made. They haven’t begun to pull the knife out…They won’t even admit the knife is there.
Malcolm X

Participatory fund mechanism shortlists the organisation

A participatory fund mechanism shortlisted the organisation, only for the project idea and funds to be given a different organisation that had not been in the application process. This was discovered later in 2015, reflecting the toxic and gate keeper dynamics of queer organizing.

March 2015

Registered

The world, like a dream full of attachments and aversions seams real until the awakening.
Adi Shankaracharya

Success Capital is registered

The organisation is registered. Paving the way to explore additional funding mechanisms.

January 2017

Countrywide Project

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether I am afraid.
Audre Lorde

Protracted delays spanning almost 6 months

Having secured support with protracted delays spanning almost 6 months due to bureaucracy. A scaled countrywide project dominates the year’s activities. This growth unprecedented in terms of impact and stakeholder engagements, results in conflict and politics reflective of wider civil society dynamics. Reporting, volunteers and leadership are all stalled or compromised.

October 2018

African Commission

…the ideology of Africa’s Agenda 2063 in ensuring all of us who are Unequivocally African and Unapologetically Queer can thrive in a complex and challenging world.
Dumi Gatsha: (Director, Success Capital)

First independent submission

First independent submission to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.

February 2019

Civicus

Social environments make it ideal for someone to explore who they are…influencing one’s confidence, you learn a lot more from exposure than from just being limited to discrimination.
Thuto Rammoge

Most scaled and successful project

The most scaled and successful project yet commences, under the CIVICUS Youth department’s Goalkeeper Youth Action Accelerator programme.

October 2019

Growth Path

I write these to help the next person who may be going through what I went through know that they are not alone. I do not in any way want anyone to feel sorry for me because I am genuinely learning how to do all this myself.
Kutlwano 'Bubbly' Selaledi

Challenging but fruitful year

A challenging but fruitful year. The collective reflects on its growth path. This growth looks like there is a shift from organizational survival. There is hope and work to do. This includes reviewing previous successes, relationships and outputs.

January 2020

Challenging and Underfunded

What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Productivity at an all time low

Probably the most challenging and underfunded of periods, with stress on cashflow and volunteers. Productivity at an all time low, with limited engagements and work. Reflections teach us of the importance of being busy. That it is more to do with distracting one from poverty and related struggles, rather than burning out. More to do with a lack of securing opportunities than shortcomings of them or facing challenges. There is no rest when there is no prospect for future livelihood. The emotional and mental tax of not having, is far more costly that having something to work and navigate with. Hard lessons learned.

February 2020

Engagement

And sneer at my short-trimmed finger nails. They deem my advocacy too radical…”She’s too hot to be one of us!” Feminists drunk with religion. Roll their judgmental eyes heavenward and shandaramana at my brazenness. They finger their leather-bound scriptures and distance themselves from my activism. They pray and praise and tithe but keep away from the trenches. They deem my praises too immoral…”She’s too worldly to be one of us!”
Stella Nyanzi

Engage more domestically

Collective resolve to engage more domestically, to meet demand and explore mainstream avenues of organizing in country.

April 2020

New Brand Launch

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.
Wilma Mankiller

New brand launch

Success Capital’s re-brand cements a legacy of conflict and challenge, both internal and external in fulfilling a mandate that prioritizes its constituents in an affirmative and autonomous manner. It is anchored on achieving equitable transformation for the community it serves, along with peers and other young people in Botswana and Africa at large.

Success Capital Organisation is a non-profit organization registered with the Registrar of Societies of the Government of Botswana [CR11551].

Success Capital is a proudly African and unapologetically LGBTIQ+ Youth led, managed and serving organization that links grassroots experiences with global and regional mechanisms.

Success Capital’s work is centered on moving LGBTIQ+ youth from a state of survival to one of success.

This is achieved through strengthening and safeguarding agency in the form of voice and visibility within human rights, sustainable development and the systemic frameworks that impede LGBTIQ+ Youth from thriving in socio-economically complex environments.

Success Capital’s work is centered on three pillars:

1

participatory decolonized knowledge production

2

peer to peer systemic
knowledge sharing

3

supporting variant forms of civic action and participation

At least three groups/organisations have been formed. Mistakes have been made along the way. Volunteers have come and gone. However, the premise of exercising youth agency and occupying spaces of decision making remains the fundamental driver of our work.

Historically averaging USD 7500 per year in annual funding, our work is long-term, feminist and radical. It challenges all forms of privilege, patriarchy and power within and outside civil society. This includes donors, intermediaries and partners we engage with. We do not believe in equality, we stand for equity.

WE ARE
Unapologetically Queer
Unequivocally African
We are:
radical
bold
unstoppable!
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