Crafters take the initiative

Two crafters from Winterton, uThukela District under the Thandanani SHG took the initiative to market their craft products leading up to the festive season.  Nomondi Shabalala and Bonisiwe Cebekhulu both aged 43yrs have been members of Thandanani Self Help Group since 2010. The two ladies are also members of the Zimele Craft Programme.  They are both craft leaders and teach the other crafters to make new products.  On the 5th and 6th of December 2015 the two ladies decided to explore other market opportunities rather than wait for Zimele to provide markets for them.  They registered to sell their products at the Drakensburg Boys Choir Christmas Market. They put R800 together to pay for the stand at the market. Their initiative paid off well, the women managed to sell products worth R3 425!  Nomondi is a single mother of two and she relies on making and selling craft for income. She has since managed to build a house for herself and her children from the money that she makes from her sales.

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Above: Nomondi & Bonisiwe’s craft stall at the Drakensberg Boys Choir Christmas Market & selling products at the market.

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Above: Nomondi’s almost complete 4 roomed house that she built using money that she has earned from making and selling craft.

Report by: Precious Matongo (Field Trainer).

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