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Spaza Shop OwnerIn 2005 Sesnet was selling her wares in her little roadside spaza shop when a group of armed men robbed her, taking all the money from her day’s trading. Understandably she became very nervous about working without any protec-tion in both her shop and her home. Three years later, in 2008, her husband died leaving her and her young son to fend for themselves.

When Phakamani Foundation, which is supported by The Townships Project, arrived, so did the opportunity to do something about her feelings of defence-lessness. As the money from the loans began to work for her, she was able to add strong bars to the opening of her shop and burglar bars to the windows of her house.

Sesnet is grateful that she no longer has to beg for food, and that the shame of trying to pay back the food she borrowed when she had no money is a thing of the past. Sesnet also dreams about sending her son to university, get-ting him a driver’s license, and doing computer courses. For herself, she wants to extend her spaza shop and increase the number and variety of the products she sells.

$1.00 = approx. 7 Rand

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