Back in 2017, ten sewing machines and several yards of fabric were donated to a group of women in Tambo Village, Cape Town. That original donation sparked a new social enterprise that is now open to ALL ages and abilities and works to enable enterprising creatives to sell the craft products that they make. In return for this support comes the commitment to train up new or inexperienced attendees in:
- crochet and
- other craft skills
so that they too are able to generate:
- an income
- improve self-esteem
- and foster community.
This social enterprise strikes at the heart of a new economic transformation in South Africa, where small businesses are springing up that are run and owned by those who are members of it. Our aim is empowerment facilitated through the:
- and championing of creativity.
Products created are sold in the local, international, and online markets. To ensure success, we mentor and train the ladies not just in sewing and craft skills, but also in:
- business skills
- and financial management.
In addition to the project leaders, we have had many volunteers from around the world bringing their unique skills to teach those at the Sewing Enterprise Project.