- A former domestic worker has found a way to survive after losing her job
- She started recycling in 2015 and has since found a way to sustain herself and her family
- She works extremely hard to provide for her family and wants her grandchildren to be successful
Mmatumo Ramohaladi had to find a new way to support herself and her family after she lost her job as a domestic worker.
Briefly.co.za learned that she found a way to turn trash into treasure with a profitable recycling business. She started recycling waste in 2015 and changed the life of her family and dozens of other women in her area.
"I had to swallow my pride and go around the townships and dumping sites to collect everything I could find because no one was gonna feed my children," said Ramohaladi.
Ramohaladi exchanges her load of recycled waste for anything between R60 to R80 after it is weighed.
"It's not much but I'm able to collect about four loads a week and on good days, I'm able to make about R250 to R300 in a week which I use to buy groceries."
She wakes up early, around 4am and visits taverns to collect bottles and she goes to the usual places where people celebrate and collects whatever is left behind according to the sowetanlive.co.za.
"I collect bottles, plastic containers, wood, steel, metal, card box and anything I can find to trade.
"...I believe in education and they would rather not have nice clothes to wear at home but I make sure they have full and proper uniform when they go to school."
Ramohaladi has had to make a lot of sacrifices and while the country celebrates Christmas she has to make do with what she can afford.
"I have nothing much and in as much as I would love to celebrate it, I cannot afford it," she said.
"It's been over a decade that I haven't had a Christmas feast because of the little income, which pays for our basic needs."
She does not work for herself but her grandchildren who she wants to be successful.
"I've taught them how to save and never waste money and they have seen how I hustle for them. My grandchildren understand that we are not poor but just less advantaged for now.
"They have never gone to bed on an empty stomach and that gives me peace," said Ramohaladi.
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