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Steve and Hassan, N8

Steve and Hassan met 11 years ago on a dating site, and they have been together ever since. In another life, Mr. Jacobs was married twice and worked as a garden and landscape designer. Steve is very creative and inventive but he is losing his eyesight. He’s always horsing around, can‘t sit still, chronic bowel pains keep him up, on his feet, hunched shoulders. He has a background in mechanical engineering and extensive knowledge of traditional medicine. Hassan is eager to learn, and Steve teaches his young partner everything, from growing plants and preparing medicinal herbs to building a generator from scrap. They live off-grid in a tuck shop on the road to Lesotho, where they sell basic groceries to the farm workers who live in the area. They also repair cars and recycle metals from their scrap yard.