a Home of hope
Women who have sought refuge at Ikhaya Lethemba shelter in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, now have renewed hope after acquiring certificates in nail technology.
Nail technology includes doing manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, hand massage and eyelashes.
The 20 women recently graduated at a function at Ikhaya Lethemba, the largest such shelter in the country.
The shelter is run by the Gauteng department of community safety and liaison, which provides women and their children from abusive households a safe refuge.
The 20-day-training course was provided by the Unemployment Need Transformation (UNT).
The certificates are accredited with the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta).
The graduates also received full start-up kits of all the equipment and materials needed to start their work immediately.
"Our plan is to involve local government structures in order to provide the graduates with places from which they can work," Shaun Unterslak, head of the UNT, said.
The UNT has been around for about four years and offers training and business mentorship to disadvantaged communities in partnership with the Department of Labour.
"The course helped me regain my self-esteem and forget the pains of the abuse I had gone through," said Jessica Christiaan, one of the graduates.
Christiaan has lived at Khaya Lethemba for seven months with her nine-year-old daughter.
She has already started getting clients from around Johannesburg.
"When I make enough money I will leave the shelter to enjoy an independent life," she said.