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Fresh start and smiles after job loss pain

Nthabiseng Nooi, pictured outside the Love Howick Street Store, and in her new job at Jewel Day Spa. Picture: Supplied

Meander Chronicle Reporter

Nthabiseng Nooi, a 40-year-old mother of one, was one of many who lost her job in March due to Covid-19.

With limited resources, she had no idea how they were going to survive, a situation which, unfortunately, many can relate to in the current economic crisis.

Then she heard about the Love Howick Street Store in Bell Street, Howick, and its “swop shop” system. Customers are expected to bring in recycling from their community in exchange for tokens that they can use to shop for clothing and food items.

Nthabiseng said in an earlier article about the street store: “I was informed that all I had to do was bring in a large black bag of recycling to receive tokens for my food parcel. My son and I have food every day and I thank God for providing for us during this difficult time.”

Nthabiseng Nooi at Jewel Day Spa.

Since the article was published, Love Howick caught up with her to see what had happened in her life.

“We were amazed to hear that one of her previous employers, Martin and Leocardia Naidu, who own and run several businesses including the Jewel Day Spa, had seen Nthabiseng’s picture in the Village Talk newspaper and were so touched by her story – remembering how hard-working and humble she was – that they gave her a call and offered her a job.”

Nthabiseng took part in two weeks of training at the spa, where her eagerness to learn and serve her clients was noted. Leocardia Naidu has raved about Nthabiseng, her positive and hard-working attitude and humble heart, and commended Love Howick for the opportunities provided to the vulnerable and those struggling in the community.

Nthabiseng has now become a valued staff member at the spa.

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