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Born Eastern Cape, South Africa.

I am from Gatwana in the Eastern Cape. I came to Cape Town to find a job then I ended up joining Monkeybiz since I see ladies in community were earning income from this beadwork.

Let’s hear from Zoleka:

Why do you do what you do?
It is because finding a job is difficult and I love doing beadwork. I can raise my child and send his to school to have better education.  

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I did domestic work cleaning people’s homes and company. I like artwork the most now, because I work from home and I am able to look after my child.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I was told to be thankful of what I have in life, because some have nothing at all.

Zoleka Mhlaka

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