Angolan Women Collect Empty Tins To Make A Living

05 Sep 2019 15:50pm
By Paulus Hamutenya

ONHUNO, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – Two unemployed Angolan women survive by collecting empty soft drink tins in Onhuno village in the Ohangwena Region, and reselling these to business people in the border town of Oshikango.
Speaking to Nampa in an interview, 28-year-old Maria Sintresa said she and her friend collect the empty tins in the surroundings of Onhuno village to resell in order to buy food for their families.
At the time of the interview, the friend had gone to search for more tins further away since they needed to send full bags to Oshikango the next day.
Sintresa said they fill about four 50 kilogramme bags every day after crushing the cans, before delivering it to the Oshikango business people.
She said she has no choice but to put in the labour to feed her struggling family of five, including her husband who all live in Angola. Her husband is unemployed and this business is their only source of income.
Sintresa said she sells each bag for N.dollars 30.
“Sometimes there are no empty tins in the surrounding areas, then I have to go search deep in the bushes to make sure we have something on the table at the end of the day,” she said.
She also told this news agency she has no place to stay this side of the border and thus sleeps in a nearby dilapidated building, which she and her friend also share for storage of their products.
“If you know that you are from a struggling family background, you have no choice but to sleep like this. What matters is working hard for the survival of your family, especially the innocent children,” she narrated.
Onhuno is situated about 13 kilometres south of Oshikango.
Also speaking to Nampa was Linus Paulus, who lives in the house adjacent to the abandoned building where Sintresa sits to crush her cans. He said the two women are hardworking.
“I have learned that these people have passion for what they are doing,” said Paulus.
The two women board taxis to Oshikango to resell their goods.