By early August, Margaret and her children had been moved to a safe temporary location, and by the end of the month, into their very own place to call home. The next step was to find a safe way to bring an income into her household…
And so, Kunashe Tuckshop was born! With the help of our team, Margaret compiled a basic business plan and capital budget for starting a small tuckshop selling supplies like candles, paraffin and snacks to her community. We donated furniture from the centre, prepared sign boards and helped build a small shelter from which she could sell her products. Margaret’s business is already turning a profit, and she has expanded to offering hair braiding and styling services, as well. With her income, she is continuing to improve her infrastructure and repaired a cellphone for business purposes – and her next dream is to start supplying vegetables.
A huge thank you to our long-standing supporters at Rays of Hope, who not only funded the building of three homes in August, but also the start up capital for Kunashe Tuckshop, a once in a lifetime opportunity for Margaret. We also thank each and every individual who has made a donation to the Ikemele women sponsorship program, so that more vulnerable and abused women in our community can access skills training, resources, counselling and small business development at our centre!
Merry Christmas to all our incredible partners in impact! Thank you for being a source of light and hope for the Mabopane community.
Note: names have been changed and images censored to protect our beneficiary(s) identity