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Salon to soil: The former hairdresser now styling avocado farming in Eswatini

Salon to soil: The former hairdresser now styling avocado farming in Eswatini

WHEN Fezile Hlophe fell pregnant and dropped out of school, her immediate plans had to be put on hold - but her dream of being a successful businesswoman was not. At only 17 years old, Hlophe had to find a way to provide for her child as a single parent, so she started braiding people’s hair in her neighbourhood. “I didn’t earn much but I had aspirations of being a better person one day,” she said. Several years later, when Hlophe went to braid the hair of a new customer located around 20 kilometres from where the young woman lived,…
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