As a child, Sibongile learned about entrepreneurship from watching her mother sell television sets and radios. Now as an entrepreneur herself, Sibongile goes door to door in KwaDabeka selling clothing to clients. At the beginning of each month, she buys clothing bags from CAST for R50 each and manages to make an average profit of R1000 from each bag to support her four children. The leftover clothing items she gives to the poor in her community.
Sibongile first heard about CAST two years ago, when their family was going through a difficult time. Her son had a stroke and became paralyzed, unable to even speak. As a result, Sibongile became his primary caretaker, and battled to work. At the time, Sibongile’s daughter was also attending Sithokozile High School in KwaDabeka, and she needed exemption from school fees. CAST’s social worker was able to assist with the exemption, and Sibongile was referred to CAST’s other programmes.
Sibongile received assistance through monthly food parcels, and joined CAST’s business forum in KwaDabeka. She not only learned how to sell more clothes, but also found support from other local entrepreneurs, and even learned how to sew.
Recently Sibongile and other CAST Business forum entrepreneurs made Christmas tree decorations to sell.
Although Sibongile is now able to support her family, she is still looking for a school that will provide specialised services for her son.
For 2017, Sibongile also has plans to volunteer with CAST’s Sport and Youth Department by starting a girls’ netball team in KwaDabeka.
CAST’s food parcel programme is intended to provide short-term assistance to individuals like Sibongile who are in an extremely difficult situation. One of the ways CAST helps these individuals get back on their feet is through business forum, which empowers entrepreneurs to grow their small businesses and make a liveable income.
CAST is all about restoring dignity and hope to families who have lost faith that their situation will get better. As you buy Christmas gifts this holiday season, please consider purchasing a CAST Snowflake Christmas tree decoration. Each R200 donation will go towards a food parcel for a family in need. You can make a difference and move beyond just charity this Christmas season by empowering a local family to move out of poverty.
Want to get involved? Contact Zama at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 031 267 1716