Hope amidst heartbreak: Cape Town business woman crowd funds au-pair’s retirement home

Overwhelmed by the extent of need in South Africa, we can lose sight of the individual in the crowd. In consultation with the community, Mthente has this year decided to initiate a fundraising scheme to assist Boniswa Mtlomelo, affectionately known in the community as Sboni.

Sboni is a person who continues to bear the scars of the apartheid system.  Without access to resources or a formal education, she supports three generations of her family in a crammed, rented township house in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on the salary of a domestic worker.  Facing the harsh socio-economic conditions and violence that plagues the townships of Cape Town, her son was murdered a few months ago.    

Importantly, Sboni is more than a victim. She is a survivor, a person of dignity and a hard-working woman who has spent her life helping others. Her fear is what happens when she is no longer able to work. This has persuaded us to assist her in securing a house of her own.   

To read more about Sboni’s story as well as for details on to how to contribute to our fundraising efforts for her: Click here.

Recognising there are so many people to assist, we nevertheless thought you may also be interested in contributing to a fund in support of Sboni, a deserving African mama, who is part of the DNA and backbone of a depleted and divided South African community. This fund will be maintained, audited and reported on by Mthente Research and Consulting, who has agreed to promote the initiative.