How this retired couple turned R500 into a profitable earthworm business

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Alwyn ­Pieterse (61) and his wife Alet Pieterse (65) from Kempton Park have figured out how to make a living from this unusual business. (PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)
Alwyn ­Pieterse (61) and his wife Alet Pieterse (65) from Kempton Park have figured out how to make a living from this unusual business. (PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)

They writhe, they slither, they burrow and they breed – and for Alwyn and Alet Pieterse they’re lifesavers. Most people don’t really pay worms a second thought but for this couple from Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, these wriggling creatures have rescued them from a life of poverty. 

A decade ago, former traffic cop Alwyn (61) and office worker Alet (65) suddenly found themselves unemployed – and with years to go before they were due to retire, they needed to make a plan fast.

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