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Issued by Shoprite - Aug 7th 2017, 16:25

Gertruida Maartens from Fisantekraal, Durbanville, has been living in a container for the past five years. This selfless woman has been using her RDP house to run Hagar Home, a safe house for abused women and children. 

With a leaking roof, concrete floors and holes in the walls, Hagar Home was in dire need of repair. 

To honour Gertruida and the incredible work she does, Shoprite partnered with 
New Kidz and carried out some much-needed renovations at Hagar Home during the last week of July 2017.

Living in a container wasn’t a hassle for me because I love what I do. I love helping my community - everyone calls me Ouma. However, thanks to the renovations, it’s so much easier to keep my women and children safe,” Gertruida said. 

Once a week at her local community centre, Gertruida also teaches women to sew. Shoprite surprised Gertruida by donating new sewing machines and material. “
It’s a funny story. I left school when I was in grade 6 because I couldn’t pass remedial work. Now many years later, I’m actually teaching others this skill so they can create a better future for themselves,” Gertruida explained.

As a business with heart, Shoprite is committed partnering with remarkable women like Gertruida who act for change in their local communities. 

I work with the women and children because I understand them. I’m grateful to now be in a position where I can make a difference,” Gertruida concluded.

Our Objectives


  • Provide a place of safety for abused women and children.
  • Provide food for orphaned and neglected children.
  • Provide counselling for abused women and children, terminally ill people and their families.
  • Provide effective and community outreach work to end violence against women and children preventative and awareness programmes.
  • Provide shelter for orphaned children.
  • Develop capacity building programmes
  • Develop income generating projects

Banking Details

Flexible Saving Account: Hagar Home
Capitec Bank
Account no: 1388551983
Brance Code: 47 00 10

Contact Details

3 Lucas street,