When you’re at an intersection in Durban you might get the urge to roll up your windows, avoiding the people who ask for money at the robots, but hold on. You might want to carefully look at the guys dressed in high visibility clothing selling newspapers.
Jonsson Workwear has supplied high visibility workwear to some of the people who usually beg at intersections, who have now become Paper Money entrepreneurs, selling newspapers to motorists.
The Paper Money project started when the Denis Hurley Centre collaborated with Urban Lime to try and get those currently begging, away from asking people for money, and instead have a chance to empower themselves by making their own money.
The vendors sell the newspapers to motorists for the price of R10, as it is the smallest note available, hence the term ‘paper money.’ They then get to keep half of the money they make.
The project manager Stuart Talbot from the Denis Hurley Centre says the aim of this project is “to turn most beggars operating at robots in Durban into entrepreneurial newspaper vendors.”