A number of the members of the group had secured jobs in the community. The ideas we had earlier discussed around opportunities were taking shape in more detail and were now starting to become real. Cecelia had taken steps in her sewing business and had secured a first order. The profit would not only feed her children but would pay their school fees for the next year.
When we asked each person how Iziko Labahlali was helping them to move ahead, we received some powerful feedback. Here are some of the responses:
- Cycelia D. – “by doing my homework, people feel free around me”
- Nomzamo P. – “Now I know where I come from and where I’m going to, thanks to the Iziko Labahlali Program”
- Nobuzwe G. - “The Iziko Labahlali Program taught me to love”
- Pholisa J. – “My father believes that the Iziko Labahlali program helped me a lot because now I’m more a caring person”
- Ntombesizwe M. – “the program gives me a broader perspective of my surroundings”
- Mbulelo Y. – “being part of a group that understands me makes things so much better”
- Vuyokazi S. – “I learned that we must fight for what we believe in!”
Our next steps are to evaluate each opportunity and to assist each person and group take the steps necessary to establish their business. In the next few weeks, we will publish details on those opportunities. We will also be asking for support to fund the seed capital in order to get each business up and running, working with partners on the ground in Cradock.
Watch for our next posting Iziko Labahlali The Opportunities!