How a refugee, who couldn't speak English, made South Africa home

How a refugee, who couldn't speak English, made South Africa home

- Patricia fled conflict-stricken DRC for opportunities in South Africa

- She started off trading at Cape Town's Greenmarket Square

- She became a teacher and started an organisation offering skills training to migrant women

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A refugee who made South Africa her home against all odds is now creating opportunities for migrant women in Cape Town.

Patricia Mudiayi fled the conflict-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for South Africa at the age of 29, learned.

Although she held a degree in Chemical Engineering, she couldn't speak English and was five months pregnant.

She therefore couldn't get a job and ended up trading at Cape Town's Greenmarket Square for five years. She made sure she had all the documentation required to be a legal migrant.

Luckily for her, she learned English and eventually landed a job as a Maths and Science teacher at Learning and Access Points (LEAP).

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However, Patricia didn't forget how hard life was for migrant women at Greenmarket Square. In 2010, she and other migrant women founded the KWESU Organisation.

According to its Facebook page, it is a social development initiative that creates income generation opportunities for women.

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Speaking to Beautiful News, Patricia said KWESU provides skills training, such as cooking, sewing, and computer and English lessons, to migrant women.

This enables them to economically empower themselves. The Department of Home Affairs honoured Patricia for her initiative in 2015 by conferring her the Mkhaya Migrants award.

Patricia said:

The best way to thank those people who gave me an opportunity is to give it to other people. South Africa has given me the opportunity to make a contribution that will reach the whole of Africa. We are all one.

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