Situated in the heart of the Knysna Waterfront stands a unique little shop called Bitou-on-the-water, full of charming bits and bobs. The first thing you notice when walking in is not the curiously placed ornaments or artworks, but the warm greeting from Georgina (46), the bubbly shop assistant. She is a single mother who manages to stay positive, no matter what life throws at her.
“My previous employer was retrenched, so we closed down in 2016. I was just at home all the time after that, I didn’t want to do anything. But, I had to. I needed to be paid. I was unemployed for five months. I’ve worked here for three years now.
“I started working here by accident. A mutual friend got me the job. I didn’t really want to do it. At the time it wasn’t what I usually did, I was more into clothing retail. This was completely the opposite. But I actually started to love doing what I’m doing. Sometimes you just have to adapt to certain things. The more uncomfortable you are, the more you tend to move forward. That’s what happened to me.