By: Tholoana Lesenya

Sister Julia ‘Masina Mafike H.C.P, is a  58 years old Nun (Born 25th January 1964)  who belongs to the Congregation of the Handmaids of Christ The Priest, in Lesotho at Motsekuoa Convent, in the Diocese of Mohale’s Hoek. She is the first born of Mr. Fako Peter Mafike, and late Mrs. Elizabeth ‘M’asamuel Mafike from the rural village called Koro-Koro Ha Thabiso. “We are four in the family two girls and two boys, second is late Reverend Father Samuel Nepthaly Mafike O.M.I, followed by Mrs. Mamohau Marianna Ramashamole, and Mr. Semethe Josiel Mafike”, said Sister Julia. At school she did Form E and got G.C.E, pass. Sister Julia said that her parents were hard workers and she learned a lot of things from them.

Apart from what she did in the past, in 2013 she started keeping bees after learning from the other nuns from her Congregation. “It was not one of my dreams, I was just trying”, Sister Julia stated. JMM Honey Wine is one of the best wines produced from fermented grapes and honey from bees since 2018 by Sister Julia. “As I stated before that I was  just trying, and had no skills or experience in wine production industry, I tried  mixing  grapes with honey to make wine and within two weeks the mixture had fermented and turned into  wine”,  Sister Julia pointed out.

She said that she was not sure about wines, so she decided to invite different people to taste it and they told her that it is a very nice wine and one of the best too. Sister Julia highlighted that JMM Honey Wine is different from others because it is a medicinal wine and food supplement. “It is useful in relieving stress, it maintains body optimum temperatures, gives quality sleep, helps with internal body cleansing and  protects against cold environment”, Sister Julia pointed out. In conclusion, Sister Julia said that her expectation is to attract tourists to visit Mafeteng District at Catholic Training Centre, Wepener Road, where the JMM Beekeeping (PTY) Ltd is located and for people who are interested, they also have a website they can visit which is, www.jmmbeekeeping.co.ls

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