Artisan profile: Lucia #1

Meet Lucia #1 (so called because we also have Lucia #2)

Lucia says: "I am 51 and the single mother of 10 children. Six boys and four girls. I and my family are really dependent of Work of our Hands and the money I make from making jewelry. I am not educated so I can only get domestic work sometimes. I use the money from Work Of Our Hands to buy food and pay for school fees for my children. My dream is to see my children graduate from college. One son is in his second year of college and another has been admitted this year. I also hope to have a small business at the open market one day."

Typical homes in Five rand camp

Lucia lives in " Five Rand" Squatter's camp so named because years ago the farmer charged 5$ South African Rand to stay a month in the camp. ( about 75 cents USA ). Now the camp property is owned by the city of Okahandja.  Residents can buy their plot for about $1,000 US $ but most do not. This means that the city can legally take away their home at any time ( or move them off the plot at least) The city has already sold some land to a developer but has not yet moved any residents. Should be interesting when it happens.

This is how residents of Five Rand camp get their water. They purchase a card from the city (looks like a credit card) and put money on the card. When the card is pushed in a slot on the grey box, water comes out the hose pipe. Then they just have to carry it home.


Monique said...

It is nice to meet Lucia. I think it is incredible that some people can make a home even in such difficult conditions. How your ladies must treasure coming to work at your studio, Val!

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