Eswatini Kitchen employs women from different backgrounds from around the country. Amongst our staff we have Lizzy Dlamini from central Swaziland at Makholweni in Fairview. She started out as a casual employee in 1996 and was made permanent in 1997. She is a single mother raising three children and is seperated from her husband. She loves the idea of knowing that her input in at the work place benefits not only her as an employee, and enables her to send her children to school as well as provide for their basic ne eds, but also the supportive consumer that gets to enjoy the delicious product she gets to partake in producing. She loves her job and appreciates the skills she acquires on the job (that is with regard to hygiene and food processing free from contamination) as she also points out that she has a plan to get a portion of land where she can build a home for her children and also be able to cultivate a garden for herself as she only depends on her salary for survival.
Fikile Shabangu has been with Eswatini Kitchen since 2002 and, like Lizzy, she also started out as a casual employee and worked her way to being confirmed permanent. She looks after her elderly mother in one household at her parental home and also manages her household in Madonsa in Manzini where she lives with 4 children (one of whom is her sisters child). She is not married and is the sole bread winner for her household and her mother. Her salary is her only source of income and she utilizes it between the two homesteads in as much as it also has to cater for her childrens tuition. She loves her job and the idea that it makes her of service to a global community and that through her job she has gained knowledge and experience with regard to keeping a hygienic environment for handling food. Their experiences become an intricate part of their lives even after work as they also strive to keep hygienic environments at home.
Lizzy and Fikile with some of their colleagues in the packaging and labelling section of the factory.
To the left is Miss Fikile Shabangu and Mrs Lizzy Dlamini at Eswatini Kitchen factory in Sidvokodvo.