Beading for profit at workshop

2019-07-11 06:00
A group of women and a man participate in the beadwork training at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

A group of women and a man participate in the beadwork training at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum hosted a beadwork training on Wednesday 10 July, which was attended by many women and men eager to empower themselves.

The one-day training was given by St Mary’s Home of Hope, a shelter based in Parow, Cape Town that works mainly with abused women and children.

The basics of beading were taught by Lorane Chinoingira, showing what in future could be a source of income to some of those attending.

She explained that St Mary’s economic empowerment programme takes women on a journey of growth that includes counselling and providing skills in financial sustainability and starting a business.

This, Chinoingira pointed out, gives them better chances at life and breaking the cycle of abuse that arises from financial dependency.

She said funding from Wheat Trust has enabled St Mary’ s to extend its training to more women beyond the home’ s immediate area and its surrounds, to outlying areas as well.

“The response here has been wonderful, and a huge one,” Chinoingira said. “The first day this was posted on Facebook my phone froze as a result of the response we got.” She believes with 6 million unemployed in the country, skills such as beading has the potential to enable people to go a long way in income generation.

“You can do anything,” she said. “You can have a small budget to start a business with, and grow it over a certain period. Once people learn a new skill, they can use their own personal uniqueness to create their own brand.”

Chinoingira said she was also willing to come back for follows-ups, as she normally does three sessions. The additional sessions focus on costing, company registration and working as groups or individually.

Sandile Magididi, one of the trainees at the museum, described the session as a great initiative, as it exposed him to other skills too.

“When I master this, then more ideas will come,” he said. “As locals we need to learn and do these things as others already do them.”

Chinoingira said she wants participants fully equipped, so they can be helped with aspects such as business planning, all with an eye to future entrepreneurship.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.