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

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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.

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