COO of Hirsch’s Homestores, Margaret Hirsch, along with a team from Hirsch’s Ballito recently visited Ququlwazi High School to talk to the class of 2018 matric students giving them advice ahead of their departure from school at the end of the year. Margaret spoke to the students about her story and how she and her husband Allan Hirsch started Hirsch’s not by it just falling on their laps, but by sheer hard work and determination.
Hirsch’s Phindi Mdluli spoke to the girls about her journey in hopes of inspiring the students: “I started off in housekeeping when I was very young and I remember thinking to myself I don’t want this life. I asked for a chance and although I didn’t get it the first time I eventually became a cashier and was so excited about my new salary, but this still wasn’t enough. I then became head of admin before moving into sales where I am today and my salary has no limit ,the more I sell the more I earn. You can’t just plod along in your job. You have to go above and beyond and I now own 2 cars and my own business outside of Hirsch’s and I am not stopping there, watch this space!”
Nonhlanhla Ntsele head of housekeeping at Hirsch’s, and who is also furthering her studiesexplained, “I didn’t finish school and I couldn’t speak a word of English. I thought there was no chance for me but I did not give up and I have now been with Hirsch’s for 13 years and love coming to work everyday and being able to provide for my family!”
After motivating and empowering the learners Margaret spoke to the lady learners at the school on their own about their bodies as well as providing each of them with reusable sanitary pads so that they never miss a day of school.
Margaret helped drive this initiative with the founder of Subz Pads, Sue Barnes, to help restore the dignity of menstruating young ladies in rural schools, by providing them with the Subz washable pads and panties that will allow the girls to go to school despite having their periods.. The pack consists of a pair of panties that has press studs on it – the sanitary pad clips onto the pantie. The packs are very user-friendly as the pad clips on and off easily, and the inner is a hydrophobic fabric. It is fully washable and therefore reusable and will last for as long as five years.
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