Indlala Iphelile - Poverty is Over
Here are some of our graduates stories
Our woodwork trainer Leslie Grimwood recently had a visit from one of his previous students, Msindisi Khupio, who graduated in June 2010. Leslie had the following to share: Msindisi was placed in permanent employment by LtE with a timber company. After 6 months he left and found himself a job with furniture sales company Geen & Richards.
Here he is very busy and enjoying his work. He has been able to use his LtE learnt woodwork skills in making furniture from home as well as repairing chips and assembling furniture at Geen & Richards. He is also using the business skills he learnt from his Lifeskills and Business trainer on the sales floor as he sells the furniture. Msindisi's salary (basic plus regular commission) is now more than his former trainer.
Bukelwa was unemployed for a year before enrolling at LtE. After graduating, she was unfortunately still without a job. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for herself, Bukelwa offered her admin skills to LtE as a volunteer. Through her interest in computers and a passion for helping people, she had an opportunity to practice her skills when filling in at the busy LtE Khayelitsha reception.
A few months later, she was recommended by LtE as a strong candidate for a full-time job opportunity. She was hired as a receptionist at the Sibongile Centre for children with cerebral palsy in Khayelitsha. Not even a year later, Bukelwa has been promoted to the centre's day manager. She is responsible for managing the quality of service provided through the staff, community carers and volunteers. Her advice to unemployed people is not to stay at home doing nothing: rather to expose themselves to the working world through volunteering!
Sewing graduates 2011
Noma used to work as a teacher in the Eastern Cape and later as a teachers' trainer. This came to an end with the death of the business owner and Noma became unemployed. Nombulelo was a housewife who wanted to do something for herself. The two ladies got to know one another during the LtE sewing course and decided to pool their resources to start a sewing business after graduation.
Working from Nombulelo's house with the sewing machines they have purchased over time, the Sunrise Sewing business was born. So far Sunrise Sewing has focused on tracksuit and uniform orders for local and Eastern Cape schools, however, the ladies are keen to take on new types of sewing orders as well as clothing alterations.
Bake for Profit graduate 2001
In 1996 Owen was retrenched from his job and despite searching for new employment was unable to find any work. In 2001 Owen enrolled at LtE, Khayelitsha and completed the 8-week Bake for Profit course. According to his then trainer, Nobom Ntsuntswana, Owen was quiet and depressed when he first joined.
Owen graduated and immediately started his own baking business in 2002. His business now supports a family of 7, employs 8 sales people, and has a minimum weekly turnover of R8000. Most nights between 6pm and 6am you will find Owen baking off approximately 150L of dough in to scones and muffins.
Bake for Profit Graduate 2011
With sheer determination to change her circumstances, especially after her husband's retrenchment, Nosiseko Fante, came to LtE to enroll in the Bake for Profit Course in June 2011.
Looking back this reserved mother says: "I'm grateful to LtE for an opportunity that has provided me with life-long skills. It has enabled me to provide food for my family, pay my husband's hospital costs, the children's transport to school and their school fees. I bought equipment for my business and during the course started saving to extend my kitchen. I make a variety of products and sell at all hours."
Nosiseko has realized that planning, perseverance, discipline and her passion for baking has ensured the sustainability. She has named her business "Esiseko Bakery "because my family regards me as the sustainer of the family. My customers enjoy my products which they find tastier than store-bought ones and I am known as Mrs Muffins".
Hermanus Bake for Profit Graduate 2011
Much to her delight, Hermanus trainer, Nicole Bekker, recently bumped into Bake for Profit (BfP) graduate Khonzikazi Mananga at Pick 'n Pay - with a trolley literally laden with flour and other baking ingredients.
This former trainee laughingly informed her trainer that she has been doing so well with her baking business (her employed sister bought her a large oven after the completion of her course), that her mother and grandmother have joined her.
Khonzikazi, who has an accounting qualification, could not find work, so signed up for the BfP course. She now earns R400 to R600 a day, and is so grateful for the BfP course. She says that her time at LtE has changed her life. She is now at a point where, without her family's help, she would not even be able to keep up with her orders.
Home Management Graduate 2011
When Nonyameka first joined the Home Management course she was without hope, overwhelmed by her circumstances, and desperate for work. She had literally no food, no money, and two children to care for.
Nonyameka was determined, however, and worked hard throughout the course, taking notes and soaking up what her trainer was teaching her. She studied hard for assessments and gave her best.
Reliant on kind hearted neighbours and friends for the duration of the course Nonyameko showed incredible strength of character by completing it successfully. When the principal of a private school, Curro, requested a list of graduates to interview for a potential Housekeeper position at the school, Nonyameko was appointed and has proven to be Hermanus LtE's secret promotions weapon as she receives many compliments on her work ethic.
Nonyameka has been appreciative of LtE and all that she learnt. She can afford to give her children proper breakfast and has shared that her faith in God is what kept her going.