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Internet Café OwnerSalthy Mkhantshwa is a remarkable and enterprising woman. Salthy started selling meat packs to her neighbours after receiving a R1,000 loan from Phaka-mani Foundation, which is supported by The Townships Project. She repaid her first loan in only four months, and now runs the only internet café in Bel-fast Township.

Salthy completed a six month computer course and then used the profits from her meat pack business to buy a computer and a printer with a scanner and photocopier. Previously members of her community had to travel to Mkhuhlu by taxi at a cost of R7.50 to make a photocopy, now they save that transport cost and support a true entrepreneur. Many people in the community also use Salthy’s computer to type their CV’s which will act as a catalyst for further re-ducing unemployment in the region. The cellular phone network in the area provides access to wireless internet which proves that we are making progress and empowering people to benefit from communication technology.

How long does it take to lift someone out of poverty? Salthy started her meat packs business in October 2009 and by January 2010 was using the proceeds from her business to service her second Phakamani loan, pay for her com-puter, complete extensions on her home, and save for the future.

$1.00 = approx. 7 Rand

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