WRITTEN BY: CLYDE YOUNG
This is Jabu
She runs the local tourist shop here in Dukuduku based on the R618 about 3km from St Lucia.
The shop has seen lean times over the lockdown period as tourists to St Lucia dwindled to nothing, with only a trickle currently.
Being the inventive manager of a thriving cottage industry, with curios, fruits and snacks, Jabu has not taken the slowdown sitting down.
She continues to cater to the local market of Khule Village which is on her doorstep. You will frequently see locals visiting with smiles and conversation to be had.
Just looking at her shop brings the realization of the impact felt by her many suppliers of crafted goods, many having closed their doors till brighter times.
The tourist shop is the corner stone of the nursery that it is built on.
Trees of all sorts are propugated here by an active small workforce that aim to try bring back some balance to the world heritage forest of Dukuduku.
Indigenous trees abound at Jabu’s nursery.
You will often see a local or two buying one of their fruit popular fruit tree offerings.
They also grow some produce which she sells at the outlet with sweet potatoes being a firm favorite.
The nursery is home to an impressively large geodome built during more prosperous times.
Now it is the perfect spot to enjoy a peaceful moment in their part of the forest surrounded by bountiful butterflies and reflect on things.
Jabu is infectious with her enthusiasm for the future and has sooo many plans and ideas that you can’t help but be filled with hope and admiration.
Their stage which is set in a lively garden setting under a canopy of trees is just itching to come alive again with the sound of laughter and music.