‘Casting’ hope and dignity

2017-01-10 06:01
Photo: supplied Sibongile Zulu with one of the items she sells.

Photo: supplied Sibongile Zulu with one of the items she sells.

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A KwaDabeka resident, Sibongile Nkabinde, a volunteer at a Pinetown NPO, Church Alliance for Social Transformation (Cast), is now making a living as an entrepreneur by selling clothes and helping the poor.
As a child Nkabinde learnt about entrepreneurship from watching her mother sell televisions and radios. Now Nkabinde goes door to door in KwaDabeka selling clothing.
At the beginning of the month she buys clothing bags from Cast for R50 each and makes an average profit of R1 000 from each bag, this to support her four children. The leftover clothing she gives to the poor.

Nkabinde first heard about Cast two years ago, when their family was going through a difficult time.
Her son had a stroke, became paralysed­ and was unable to speak. As a result, Nkabinde became his primary caregiver, and struggled to find to work.
“At that time my daughter was attending Sithokozile High in KwaDabeka, and needed an exemption from school fees. Cast’s social worker was able to assist with the exemption, and I was referred to other programmes at Cast.”

Nkabinde received assistance through monthly food parcels, and joined Cast’s business forum in KwaDabeka. She not only learnt how to sell clothes, she also got support from other entrepreneurs, and learnt how to sew.

“Although I’m able to support my family, I’m still looking for a school that will provide specialised services for my son.”

This year Nkabinde wants to volunteer with Cast’s sport and youth department and start a girls’ netball team in KwaDabeka.

Cast spokesperson Laura Mbugua-Mwaura said the NGO’s parcel programme is intended to provide short-term assistance to people like Nkabinde and one of the ways Cast helps them get back on their feet is through a business forum, which empowers entrepreneurs to grow their small businesses and make a liveable income.

“Cast is all about restoring dignity and hope for families who have lost faith that their situation will get better.”

For more information contact Zama on 031 267 1716 or email zamaa@cast.org.za - Supplied.

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