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The shoemaker who rose from the ashes

The shoemaker who rose from the ashes
THE SHOEMAKER: Major showcasing some of her products

Seven years ago, Neila Major watched in helpless horror as hungry flames devoured her house in Borolong.

A vendor who used to order clothes from Zambia, the 59-year-old lost her entire stock to the devastating fire and was instantly turned into a pauper.

"I had nothing. The house burnt down to ashes and turned me into a charity case. For three months I depended on government handouts and donations from well-wishers," recalls Major.

However, like the mythical phoenix, she rose from the ashes.

Rather than dwell on her misfortune, the strong-willed Major took advantage of government'...

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