In 2017, 10 sewing machines and many yards of fabric were donated to a group of women in Tambo Village, Cape Town. The donation enables them to set up an employee-owned social enterprise to sell the crafts and textiles that they make. Central to their vision is the commitment to train up others in order to create jobs, generate income and improve self-esteem.
This type of enterprise strikes at the heart of a new economic transformation in South Africa, where small businesses are springing up, run and owned by those who are members of it. The aim is job creation and empowerment through entrepreneurial championing of the creativity of the African woman.
The products will be sold in the local, international and online markets. To ensure success, we will mentor ladies in business, financial management, IT and sewing skills. We will open doors for retail opportunities to create an pathway from production to sales. On a step by step basis, matching demand with supply, we will invest in equipment and materials until a steady income feedback loop is established, enabling the transition to self-sustainability.