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Nursery School Principal Herbal Medicine Store OwnerMiemie looked around her and saw all the pre-school children in her area with nothing to do and nowhere to go. She decided to “help the community” by starting a nursery school in her area. Her desire was to “motivate the children and help them realize that education is the best”. So she found a small build-ing near where she lives with her pensioner husband and invited younger chil-dren to come to school for the minimal charge of R30 a month. She gathered some ladies around her to help her teach the twenty five children who came.

In the meantime Miemie had a small business selling herbal medication. Her first loan from Phakamani, which is supported by The Townships Project, went to increasing her stock. Her business improved and by the third loan, she was able to supplement the salaries of her nursery school helpers.

In one respect, Miemie is one of the lucky ones. All her children are grown and out of the house. Her only dependent is her husband who receives a small pension. Miemie has taken the little she has and reached out to her community.

At the start of her 3rd loan, her business value was R2839 (from 0 at the start) and savings R80 (from 0 at the start)

$1.00 = approx. 7 Rand

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