Change is in your pocket

The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.
PITCH:  V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
AGE:  29


“In 2013, another vendor informed me about The Big Issue and how happy she was making money on her own. That’s when I decided to join. It has been a wonderful journey and life is better.”

Ntombovuyo Cekiso

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Ntombovuyo breaks through

“I come from Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape and moved to Cape Town to pursue greener pastures. When I arrived here things didn’t go as planned. I came to the city in 2006 and lived with my aunts in Kraaifontein. They supported me so much and I’m grateful to them, because from 2006 to 2008 I struggled to get a job.

“I found a contract job in retail stores. When the contract ended, I worked on wine farms, earning approximately R50 a day, which was equivalent to my transport fare. I didn’t get to see the money I was making, so I couldn’t save up for anything, let alone contribute to groceries at home.”


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