Philani Dladla has been attracting a lot of attention lately. It’s all because of this homeless man’s unconventional methods of making money on the streets.
To scrape together a little bit of money, Dladla reviews books and discusses authors with passers-by and holds impromptu book club sessions.
The homeless 24-year-old lives in Johannesburg, where he chats about books and the positive influence they have on readers. Now he has begun to gain international popularity and interest in some literary circles.
Dladla charges money by selling the books to adults, but he gives them away for free to kids.
“They can still take this reading thing and turn it into their habit,” Dladla said in a video interview. “Their lifelong habit.”
Dladla’s love of books saved him from drug addiction, he explains. Now he says he hopes his literary habit rubs off on everyone he comes in contact with.
“Reading is not harmful. There’s no such thing as harmful knowledge,” Dladla explained in the interview. “[Reading] is only going to make you a better person.”
Watch the video below to hear more…
“You don’t have to be rich to change the world,” Dladla wrote on Facebook. “Start with the little that you have. If you inspire one person you’ve already changed the world.”
If you want to donate books to Philani, contact him on Facebook, and pass it on!