“The favourite part of my job is when Els gives me a piece of fabric and offers me the opportunity to be creative and do whatever I like. It’s so much fun. My mind is able to escape.”
Pholile says she has found a safe and secure environment to work in where she can discuss her difficulties and receives advice from her colleagues. Above all, she feels welcomed and part of the community spirit that exists here.
“My intention for starting work at Baobab Batik was to develop my small business. My vision has always been different to that of my siblings, they like the good things in life, like cars, restaurants, cell phones and fancy clothes but I think of my long term goals, like building my home, continuing to develop a sustainable business and investing in my family’s future.”
“I will not take excuses for not educating children. When women come to me and complain about paying for school fees, I say, ‘You can do it!’.” This ‘can-do’ approach sets a fantastic and positive example to other mothers in similarly challenging circumstances.