Meet Josephine

Meet Josephine

Project story
01 Jan 2018

Josephine Mathobela has lived in Kwazamokuhle for twenty years now. Since the death of her husband, she has rented the house where she now lives from an acquaintance. She lives here with the four children of her deceased daughter. She is raising her grandchildren, aged 13 to 18, on her own. The Mathobela family is not well off. The family cannot make ends meet on the small pension she receives. Twice a month she washes the work clothes of a local miner. It is hard work to get his dirty overalls clean, but it does bring in extra money.

Money has also come from a different source since 2009. That year she was introduced to a new cooking method; the Basa Magogo method. Thanks to this method, Josephine needs less coal to get a bigger fire. The fire also stays on longer. This saves her money from which she can buy extra food.

Josephine is also happy that she no longer has to clean the walls in her house often. There is less smoke development, which means the family coughs less.