Happy updating the inventory list
A woman by herself has to do something to provide for her family. It takes doing business or getting a job in order to earn some money so that you can buy whatever you need. Happiness of Lamgabhi is a woman who through working at the Kudvumisa Creative shop is now able to provide for herself, her children and other relatives.
Happiness tells her story like this:
“I am a mother of 3 kids, whom their father abandoned, leaving me to take care of them. Currently I stay with my brother and 8 nephews whose parents died one after the other in 2015. Clearly it states the fact that I also have a huge role of taking care of my nephews. My parents died in 2005, when I was still young and still needed to be taken care of, so I then stayed with donors till 2008 when they left Swaziland. Before my donors left the country they connected me with the Kudvumisa directors Mr Daran and Teresa Rehmeyer who gave me a job. Actually before I met the Rehmeyers I was doing a small business of selling chickens and eggs which helps me earn at least something to put food on the table.
“Through my small business, which I still do on the side, the organization’s directors saw my business skills and were convinced by that to hire me to work at the Kudvumisa Creative shop ………. I started working for the organization in their shop department in September 2017. This is the shop where the organization sells products produced by community people under the Kudvumisa economic development.
“Working here helps me in many ways, one of them being taking care of my big family as I mention earlier on. Whilst I am in the shop, I also make a few handicraft products, which help me gain more handicraft skills. Personally it also helps me know that no matter what life goes on, as I work I get to meet customers of different kinds and get to talk to them thus learning a lot about life, people's personalities, life strategies, etc.
“So with that being said, I really thank God for bringing people who have such a heart of helping us Swazis get better in life and be able to take care of ourselves. I also want to thank all the donors who help make it possible for me and other people in my country to have jobs even if we are looked down upon because we are not that learned.”
Happy is too humble. Her business skills from inventory management to book keeping are a testimony to her abilities! She is a tremendous blessing to all that come into the shop. She helps sell many of the products that go back and directly benefit the women and families in the eastern side of eSwatini who participate in the economic development projects.
Happy and the products from Econ Dev projects