SweepSouth Foundation launches initiative to make a difference in the lives of domestic workers

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Aisha Pandor, CEO and co-founder of SweepSouth with SweepStars. (Image: Supplied, Naspers)
Aisha Pandor, CEO and co-founder of SweepSouth with SweepStars. (Image: Supplied, Naspers)

The SweepSouth Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of domestic workers in South Africa.

Imagine if, for the price of a cappuccino, you could help a young teenage girl be able to move around again. When Aphalele Rangula was just five years old, a near fatal-fit left her paralysed on the right-hand side of her body. Today, the 14-year-old teenager waits at home, unable to travel to school or meet friends on her own unless her mother, Lindelwa, a domestic worker, or other family and friends can help her. 

The SweepSouth Foundation has recently launched an initiative to raise funds to better the lives of domestic workers like Lindelwa. As the number one home services platform in South Africa, our campaign, Make A Day, Change A Life, will be an ongoing initiative to bring forward the needs of a different SweepStar (the workers using the SweepSouth platform) each month. Members of the public can also nominate a domestic worker of their choosing who needs help. 

Lindelwa is the first domestic worker to be selected. Funds raised will go towards buying Aphalele an electric wheelchair to enable her to move around freely on her own. We will fund the first 10% of the cost of the wheelchair and that of every subsequent cause each month. 

"An electric wheelchair will vastly improve Aphalele’s quality of life and empower her," says Aisha Pandor, SweepSouth co-founder and CEO. "Domestic workers are low-income earners who battle to keep their families fed at the most basic level. To afford a life-changing expense, like a wheelchair in Aphalele's case, is often beyond their means.

"With the Make A Day, Change A Life campaign, we’re calling on individuals or companies to join us in bettering lives in the upcoming months. If the recent pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the importance of reaching out to help one another. Any donation amount will make a difference. By standing together, we are stronger."

The Make A Day, Change A Life campaign forms part of the SweepSouth Foundation, which was launched during the national lockdown last year, to help domestic workers unable to work and earn a living. SweepSouth publishes a report annually that details the current living and working conditions of South African domestic workers. The most recent report shows that 73% of the domestic workforce on their platform are single mothers, 90% are the main breadwinners, and 60% have four or more dependents.

In partnership with Supplier Development Initiative (SDI), we launched a commercial sanitisation service to create opportunities for SweepStars to return to work. We also seeded a Covid-19 SweepStar fund to provide domestic workers with food and other essentials during the lockdown, raising R12 million through public and private sector contributions.

We will be offering rewards for donations made by giving the first 50 donations with a minimum of R250, a R100 SweepSouth Voucher. Ongoing rewards during the campaign will also be offered.

To donate to the Foundation, please see SweepSouth.

*This post is supplied and sponsored by Naspers.

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