A woman, Julie, had to look after her four children following the murder of her husband. So, she started her own business.
In 2008, Julie and her four kids came to South Africa from the Congo to join her husband, an asylum seeker who studied economics in South Africa.
However, they faced different struggles and in 2017, disaster struck. In March, her husband, Pascal, was walking home when he was gunned down in Bertrams. According to Julie, they believed the shooting was a xenophobic attack.
Facebook group I Have a Name shared Julie's story at the time and has since done a follow-up. Julie had to stop her nursing studies to look after her kids.
Briefly.co.za gathered the widowed mother started her own business, Truly Julie, where she manufactures unique handbags.
"Last year I attended a course at the Riversands Incububation hub, It was a three week course where I learned all about the sewing machine – which I had never used before – and then we were taught how to cut and sew . I started my own brand called Truly Julie and I now make a range of bags – from shoulder bags, backpacks, purses, to custom made teachers bags with extra pockets, picnic blankets and a lot more," she explained.
Her story inspired South Africans, who praised her for thinking outside the box after her hubby passed away.
Claire Anderson commented: "This is one amazing lady!!! And what beautiful,well made bags. Absolutely love mine!!"
Gill Fransman added: "Amazing well done Julie may you go from strength to strength."
Jean Haines wrote: "Amazing story and have just been given a bag by a family member. Good quality, lined bag. Well done Julie."
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