Josefa studied until 6th grade in Inhambane, but due to limited places for 7th grade, she moved to Namaacha in 1985 to live with her older brother that was a teacher. Josefa was studying at night and working at an agriculture company during the day. One year later, she got pregnant, so she stopped studying. She then worked for 3 years producing clothes at a local company, but had to leave because she got pregnant again. That was Josefa’s hardest period; she was selling vegetables at the local market and barely making any money.
In 1992 Josefa started cooking meals. She had a stand in the border (Namaacha borders Swaziland) and would cook meals daily. In 1999 the border was closed, and all the stands where taken and sent to a far away open market, that only opens twice a week (on Wednesdays and Saturdays). Since then life has been very difficult, as Josefa only works twice a week. Each meal as in the picture (chicken, tomato’s salad and the traditional “chima” made of corn) is sold for MTn 40 (around US$1.6). Josefa makes around MTn 200 to MTn 300 in profits for a day. Since she sells food on credit, it is difficult to know the actual amount of money she may receive n a day.
This is Josefa’s first loan with Hluvuku. She intends to use the MTn 6,000 to buy a large amount of raw material (tomatoes, corn, chicken, oil and so on) so that she can stop asking for credit at other stands. This will help her make more profit at the end of the day. In the future, Josefa would like to build her own stand elsewhere, where she could work every day of the week and make even more money.
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