Mxolisi – a sensible child or a classic child labour victim?

09/11/15 3:16 PM

Mxolisi comes from a home that is very poor. No adult in the family is employed. Mxolisi decided that he would go to the nearby farm to do some work, where he is given oranges by the farmer. He then takes the oranges and sells them in the community to make some money for bread and other items for his home.

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We feel that Mxolisi shows some initiative about what needs to happen in his home for him and the rest of the family to reduce poverty.

Outcomes:

  • Mxolisi has taken initiative
  • The family now has bread more regularly
  • He has shown great entrepreneurship skills
  • He demonstrates resilience in his plight

 

This story does raise concern though – do we regard Mxolisi as a sensible child, or is this another classic child labour victim?

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