Mathapelo Setona has been selling chicken at Mfuleni’s taxi rank for a year.
She is 18 years old and from Lesotho. She lives with her mum and siblings in an informal settlement.
“I start work at 08:30 and finish at 19:00,” she toldGroundUp.
Setona works for Ntabiseng Moshoeshoe who began her chicken business in 2010.
Moshoeshoe started with 20 chickens. She says that back then business was slow.
But after about three years it began to grow.
Now she sells about 16 to 25 chickens a day.
She has just received chickens from a farm in Philippi, from whom she usually orders 100 to 150 birds at a time.
Moshoeshoe buys chickens for R50 ($3.54) to R60 ($4.25). She charges R70 ($4.96) to R100 ($7.09), depending on the quality and size of the chicken.
Despite business being a bit slow, she is satisfied. It supports her family of five.
“What I love about this business is that it is outside,” says Setona. “I’m not enclosed, working in a building.”
When they receive the chickens they take them to people in Site C, Khayelitsha.
They pluck and clean the chickens, and in exchange they keep the heads and feet.
These are then resold at street corners in the neighbourhood.