Mom-of-4 provides for her family by swapping recyclable goods for food

Mom-of-4 provides for her family by swapping recyclable goods for food

- Alice Mahase is a mother of four kids

- She supplements her husband's income by collecting recyclable items

- She then swaps these items for food at a recycling centre

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A dedicated mother-of-four in Cape Town uses recyclable material to make sure her family never goes without food.

Alice Mahase collects recyclable items, which many would consider "rubbish," in the Dunoon informal settlement, Briefly.co.za learned.

Amazingly, she does this in the middle of the night, usually between midnight and 2am.

Alice Mahase collects recyclable material and swaps them for food and clothing. Source: Good Things Guy

Alice Mahase collects recyclable material and swaps them for food and clothing. Source: Good Things Guy

According to Good Things Guy, Alice then delivers the items at the Domino Foundation’s Recycle Swop Shop in her area.

The swop shop in turn gives her tokens or coupons, which she then exchanges for food and clothing.

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In an interview, Alice said this gives her an opportunity to help her husband out because she's unemployed. She added that she's proud of her "work:"

I don’t care what people think of what I do. We are decently dressed and we eat well.

In addition, collecting the items helps clean up the environment.

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Alice isn't the only one seeing opportunities in "trash." Briefly.co.za recently shared the story of 28-year-old Sam Mangena, a determined engineering student.

Mangena also collects and sells recyclable plastic to raise money for food and other basic necessities.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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