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November 2, 2017. Cape Town. Mthunzi Qagana fixes broken electrical appliances and sell them in the township. Photo by Ruvan Boshoff

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The Clothing Bank teaches unemployed mothers how to set up their own ventures using unwanted stock donated by retailers

By Inna Lazareva

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Juggling paperwork, car keys and an always-beeping cellphone, Inet Situole, a 33-year-old in a crisp white blouse, runs a fashion boutique with more than 100 customers a month – a far cry from a decade ago, when she worked as a maid while trapped in an abusive marriage.

Despite working seven days a week cleaning and cooking in an attempt to save some money, at the end of the month Situole would invariably find herself with nothing.