Domestic Worker receives almost R60 000 in donations for a new home

Domestic Worker receives almost R60 000 in donations for a new home

- Antonia Mtambo’s home was devastated due to a white-ant infestation

- The pensioner was on the verge of being homeless due to the damage

- A crowdfunding initiative is saving the day as R 58 708.45 has already been collected towards rebuilding her home

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Antonia Mtambo is a domestic worker based in Willowfountain, Pietermaritzburg and she experienced some turbulence at her home.

Unfortunately for the 69-year-old pensioner, her home was ravaged due to a white-ant infestation, which made it more susceptible to wind and rain.

The damage was deemed irreparable and Mtambo left to rebuild her home.

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Just as all hope seemed to be lost, Mtambo’s employers generously decided to jump in and set up a crowdfunding initiative.

Mtambo has been working for Michelle Hugo and Kerryn Hugo for over 15 years and the pair reached out to family and friends via the BackaBuddy platform.

BackaBuddy have reported that the campaign was launched on 18 October and raised more than R 58 708.45, way above the target of R45 000.

Kerryn said, “Antonia is one of the kindest, most gentle souls that I have ever met. She is incredibly modest, and always worries that she isn't able to help me enough, but I honestly don't know where I'd be without her - she's become part of the family!”

“Knowing that the home she built with her family was falling apart, broke my heart. She works so hard to support her family and I knew we had to do something to help her.”

Kerryn also revealed that she hasn’t checked the account for a few days and was shocked to eventually see it boosted by $3000 thanks to an anonymous overseas donor.

The good news was revealed to Mtambo and captured in an emotional video as she was brought to tears.

The funding raised will cover the bulk of the structural construction but Kerryn hopes to raise more to enable them to cover the plumbing, electrical and cost of interior walls. can confirm that if you would like to support Antonia in building her new home, donate on BackaBuddy here:

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