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Learn to Earn, Khayelitsha

Learn to Earn is a skills development organisation that assists unemployed people become financially active by offering holistic training courses that provide work skills, life skills and business skills. From 2009 – 2011 the Old Mutual Foundation has contributed R596 250 towards 75 beneficiaries such as Tozama Ndevu (opposite) and Belinda Tungulu (page 28) attending the 11-week Sewing Skills Training and Job Creation programme.

Tozama Ndevu (30) is a graduate of the Learn to Earn 11-week Sewing and Business training course. She’s a bit shy about her English, so speaks to us in isiXhosa. Tozama is married to Thandisile, who is currently unemployed. They have two children, Inga (10) and Lisa (2 years, 3 months).

Before undertaking the training, Tozama was unemployed. The family survived on their R500 monthly child support grants. “It was hard,” she says. “There were times when my sister had to help us.” Having completed her course, she is now working on contract as a trainee machinist and earns an additional R700 a month. Living in an informal shack, they pay no rent, but their current monthly expenses are:

  • R120 train fare
  • R300 food
  • R100 electricity
  • R100 school lunch for Inga, R5 a day
  • R100 milk formula for Lisa
  • R150 disposable nappies for Lisa

Learn to Earn is a skills development organisation that assists unemployed people become financially active by offering holistic training courses that provide work skills, life skills and business skills. From 2009 – 2011 the Old Mutual Foundation has contributed R596 250 towards 75 beneficiaries such as Tozama Ndevu (opposite) and Belinda Tungulu (page 28) attending the 11-week Sewing Skills Training and Job Creation programme.

It’s obvious that the Learn to Earn training course has helped Tozama, but life is still very hard and Tozama plans to get a job that earns more money. Towards the end of our interview I ask her what she dreams for the future. She smiles and says in English, “I want to become selfemployed; I want to be a fashion designer and have my own business.”

Belinda Tungulu (41) lives in Khayelitsha and has one daughter, Sandiswa (20), who is studying financial management in college. Before coming to Learn to Earn, Belinda worked as a cleaner for 12 years, but she was retrenched and unemployed for 1½ years.

Like Tozama, Belinda completed the 11-week Learn to Earn sewing course. But she realised soon afterwards that she was better suited to the business aspect. She wanted to work in clothing sales, not clothing manufacturing.

It’s been over a year since her training course and Belinda is now self-employed, selling clothing through TCB (The Clothing Bank) and earning between R3 000 and R5 000 per month. “Before, I was battling and wasn’t feeling good about myself. But now I can smile, my eyes are wide open and they see things differently. I am self-made and know what to do.”