Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Alvin’s Story: From Fisherman to Entrepreneur

Hovering around 25%, South Africa’s unemployment rate can breed hopelessness and despair. This sort of climate requires radical action, innovative thinking and creative ideas.

Alivin is a Shift entrepreneurs.  His story is one of hope and holistic transformation –

“My hands tell a story. They’re etched and rough from years of toiling at sea, searching for crayfish. These hands have gripped coarse ropes and clung to the rough metal sides of boats during storms. For years, my hands clutched a bottle and steadied my body against poles as I’d stumble home, wasted from alcohol. 

Weather-beaten, these hands have built my home, brick by brick. They’ve tickled my children. Three times, these hands have come close to falling cold against my side. Three times, God has spared my life. 

Now my hands sell snacks to teachers and children at a nearby school. Hands that once couldn’t put down a bottle now turn the thin pages of my Bible. 

My hands are rough and calloused, gathering wrinkles as I watch my children grow older. Once, these hands would have reflected my heart – scarred and rugged. But my heart is changing. 

After years of trying to drink my life away, I finally turned to God. Now that I have experienced him, everything’s changed. My life is a testimony of what God can do. My hands tell the story of how God, once again, redeemed a rough fisherman.”




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