Chuma Somdaka, a homeless artist in Cape Town, started a blog in order to share her life experiences as an artist as well as about being a homeless women living on the streets of Cape Town.
Chuma, 31, recently arrived in Cape Town and has been struggling to get a job and now sleeps on a bench in The Company's Garden in Cape Town, where she also does most of her drawing and sketching.
My art has helped me deal with a whole lot of issues. It uplifts me and gives me something positive to look at with the hope that I'll soon be able to get a job and study art.— Chuma Somdaka, homeless artist in Cape Town
Chuma tells John Maytham (standing in for Kieno Kammies) that she sleeps on top of her art work in order to protect them. She says its a struggle to keep them clean and neat as she has no place to keep them safe.
She uses computers at the Cape Town library to create her blog. In her blog, Chuma explains the stories behind her portraits which are of people she sees at The Company's Garden daily.
To see Chuma's work visit her blog.
Listen below to hear how Chuma survives in the streets of Cape Town: