"My name is Sibongaliphi Manana. I am a guy aged 26-years. I was born 22 September 1989.
I live at Gebeni Community, which is an hour drive from Project Canaan. I attended my primary school at a nearby school, Gebeni Primary School. This is where my parents decided that I stop schooling in Grade 5 due to lack of support for my school fees.
I come from a family of 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls) and I am the fourth born. Both my parents were unemployed, they were only making traditional sandals, which didn't have a good market.
As I was staying home I started helping my father when designing the sandals and that is where I got skilled. Without realizing I was talented, life was hard at home and so I decided to look for a job on the farm at Project Canaan. Luckily I was employed in July 2013.
I started working on the farm, then later with God's help, I heard they wanted to start a handcraft center called Khutsala Artisans. Knowing I was talented, I decided to apply for a job and move from the fields to join the Artisans.
From there I was able to help my family with food and paying for my little brothers school fees. This is where I realized I belong to Khutsala Artisans because I was able to come up with new designs.
This helped me a lot and I was able to build a house for my parents and get electricity. Before this, we had no electricity at the house. I did not just stop there, I also took some of my salary and attended driving school, and now I have my driver's license.
In conclusion, I give thanks to Project Canaan for the provision of a job, which helped my parents and myself achieve many things."
Management note: S'bonga is a great blessing to us. He has been working as a Supervisor to the bead team since 2014 and has done an outstanding job in motivating, training, design and production. He has taken ownership of it and runs his team like it's his own business.