Below is another great update from our partner Zimele, in South Africa. This women’s empowerment project give women the necessary skills and resources to begin their own businesses and projects to support their families and communities.
“Pretty Mbeje, a dynamic and willing woman, is involved in the Zimele Craft Programme. She is a member of the Qhubekela Self Help Group. Pretty, along with the rest of this group decided to see what craft training could do for them back in 2011 and they worked on various products throughout the year. Pretty enjoyed the craft program and she was able to make products with great skill and a great attention to quality and detail. Pretty and the group focused on sewing as this is where her skills were best and she enjoyed making these types of products.
Pretty comes from a household of 9 people and is married, but lives in a house that is owned by her in-laws. But, even though the house is not hers or her husbands, she is lucky to have electricity to cook with and to use for lights (although her heating is mainly still done with wood). Pretty’s income in 2011 was approximately R2000 a year, which is a relatively good income but it doesn’t go far as there are 9 people in the house. Her income mainly comes from her husband (who is the primary income earner) and child grants and in 2011 she earned a little sum for her craft as she was still learning. But, still she persevered with the craft program as it made her happy to be doing something to contribute to the house and she enjoyed being with the other women of the group. Continue Reading »