Job loss a plus – for others

Tremaine van Aardt

WHEN Jeanny Edwards lost her job, she refused to sit back and bemoan her fate. Instead, the 55-year- old took her Unemployment Insurance Fund payout and started feeding her neighbours.

Today, it is exactly 15 years since the former Elmosa Factory employee opened Jeanny’s Soup Kitchen (JSP) in Malabar Extension 6 and she now feeds 350 children and some of their parents three days a week and provides health checks three days a week.

“The soup kitchen is done from my home in Malabar 6. When I started the project I was married, so my husband supported our home. I was at home, unemployed, and I would spend hours just watching the struggle in the area and the pain in the residents’ faces,” she said.

“I decided to do something about it, but once the money was exhausted I walked from shop to shop all around PE asking for donations of food. And donations are the reason we are still operating today.”

 

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