El­derly woman can’t stop street vend­ing

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

GOGO El­iz­abeth Kunene, who is in her mid 60s, is a prom­i­nent fig­ure in the streets of Nhlangano town where she sells veg­eta­bles and boiled maize, a busi­ness she said she started when she was do­ing Grade Five years ago.

Kunene, who is now pop­u­lar with many, said sell­ing in the streets was some­thing she learned from child­hood. The el­derly woman said it was not like she was des­per­ate as oth­ers may as­sume, but sell­ing in the streets has be­come her hobby.

Her hus­band, she said, was sup­port­ive as some of the wares she sells, such as the boiled maize and veg­eta­bles, were pro­duced by him in the fields. The cou­ple has been blessed with suc­cess­ful chil­dren, as some are teach­ers and oth­ers are highly qual­i­fied and em­ployed by com­pa­nies. “Be­ing on the streets and sell­ing veg­eta­bles doesn’t mean my chil­dren are not tak­ing care of me and my hus­band. I like what I am do­ing, my chil­dren buy me any­thing I ask for. They can af­ford to do any­thing I want,” said Gogo Kunene. Gogo Kunene added that she would at times travel to Mba­bane and Manzini to sell her wares.

“I also cross to the neigh­bour­ing South Africa as I some­times sell my wares in Piet-Retief,” said the el­derly woman.

LIKE THIS: Veg­eta­bles sold by Gogo Kunene are like these ones in this pic­ture.

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