Ever ‘sew’ talented!

Lindeni Gumbi is a 45-year old woman with five children who is a group leader for the Qhubekela craft group. With her passion for craft, she decided to improve her sewing skills by saving the money that she earns from sales of her craftwork so that she can study sewing. Last year, she enrolled at Brightness Fashion Designing School for a three year course. She was able to pay R750.00 for registration and has continued to meet her monthly tuition fees of R180.00. With her new acquired skills she is now making winter tracksuit trousers, skirts, coats with and without lining, lady’s trousers and shirts for both men and women. Her vision is to have her own designed products and sell under her own brand name.

In March, the Zimele overseas visitors gave her orders for skirts and trousers from a local material, shweshwe. During the Easter holiday, Lindiwe also received many orders for church uniforms which required her to make different kinds of skirts.

Even though Lindiwe is still learning, she is already making products that she is able to sell. Some of the income that she is earning from sewing she is using to pay for her child who is studying at university. She says, “I’d love to say thank you to Zimele for encouraging me to have craft training. I also earn money through craft and that is the money I use to go to school and upgrade my sewing skills.”
Craft and Entreprise - Lindeni with Zimele overseas visitors supplied with their order      Craft and Entreprise - Lindeni sewing
Above left: Lindeni Gumbi with our USA visiting team who gave Lindeni an order for skirts and trousers made out of local fabric called ‘Shweshwe’.
Above right: Lindeni Gumbi hard at work with her sewing machine

Report by: Malusi Ziqubu (Business Field Trainer)


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