Laziness attracts poverty

31 October 2018 | Local News

A group of women who sell traditional clay pots along the Oshakati – Okahao main road say they are not prepared to sit idle at home while they can do something to earn an income.

Ewi lyaNooli this month spotted the three women - Lydia Johannes, Ally Abed and Fenny Iyambo – sitting next to the road at Onenongo village, 15km west of Oshakati.

The three were patiently waiting for potential customers to be attracted by the beautiful traditional clay products on display.

They talked about how they started the business, how business is doing and the challenges they are facing.

Outspoken Lydia, who did much of the talking, said that she started producing clay pots in 2003 after observing her elders making them.

She said at first she just made pots for her own household but as time went by she decided to display them along the road in order to sell them to earn an income and help her family.

Lydia said she never had a formal job and pottery is her only source of income.

“I had an option to sit at home and be a lazy person but I asked myself that if other women who are unemployed are able to make a living from selling clay plots, why I can't do it as well,” Lydia said.

“It is then when I learnt that laziness attracts poverty because if you are doing nothing with your life, you should expect being poor for the rest of your life.”

Lydia said they do not expect to make a fortune from selling their crafts, but just enough money to sustain themselves and their dependents.“If I just get enough money to buy my soap I am satisfied that day,” she said confidently.

Explaining the process of making clay pots, Lydia said it takes about two weeks before they are ready for sale.

She said a lot of effort and determination is required.

“It is easy to pick up the product before you buy but the process of making it is kind of difficult, however we are used to it now,” Lydia said.

The pots sell for between N$10 and N$250, depending on the size.

Lydia said during the busy months of May, August and December they do brisk trade, but business wanes during the rainy season, when they focus more on working in the mahangu fields.

Regarding the challenges they face, the three said they do not have a storage facility for their products and have to hide them in the bush, which is risky.

They also need a shelter to sit under because they are exposed to the elements next to the road and the sun is very hot in summer.

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