- Innocent's parents are unemployed and struggling to find work
- His friend, Crispen, taught him how to draw and gave him supplies
- He now sells his paintings to help pay for school
Determined to ensure that he gets a decent education, one spirited young man started selling his own paintings to pay for his high school fees. The 16-year-old artist started selling his work two years ago.
Zimbabwean Innocent Mukanyima is in Grade 10. His parents are unemployed and struggle to find work in Zimbabwe. Innocent’s father was retrenched ten years ago and the amily’s small-scale farm went under due to inconsistent and fluctuating markets, Briefly.co.za found.
To make ends meet, Innocent’s mother sells fruit and vegetables on the street.
Innocent realised that he was a gifted painter when his friend, Crispen Garira taught him to sketch and gave him some art supplies. The talented pair made a makeshift studio in Crispen’s home.
Wishing to help his family Innocent starting selling his paintings. He makes an average of R100 on one painting and uses R600 to pay for a year’s school fees.
Innocent’s family is extremely proud of the young boy. His mother says he could very well be the main earner of the household.
She praises Innocent’s passion for art and firmly believes he could turn his artistic endeavours into a bright and successful future.
The family believes that Innocent and take his artistic game up a level with more advanced materials and equipment, like canvas, and acrylic paint. Innocent continues to work hard to get an education and further his artistic talents.
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