U’hage Market - a life changing platform

2015-12-03 06:00

The Uitenhage Market celebrates on Sunday its second year of serving the community through offering a platform for local entrepreneurs to earn an income.

“We have never thought it would grow to one of the largest monthly outdoor markets in the Eastern Cape,” said Lilly de Jong from Women in Business.

“It was established with the aim for local and home based businesses to sell and market their goods to the public without having high overheads.

“We came a long way and defeated the odds. I would like to thank all our stallholders who stuck with us through the ups and downs. With almost 4 000 Facebook likes and still increasing, as well as bringing the community of Uitenhage and surrounding areas together every first Sunday of the month, we wish to celebrate the community’s support,” said De Jong.

Some of the stallholders joined the inaugural market day during December 2013 and have since, never missed a market day yet.

“It warms my heart when I hear the countless stories of the difference the market has made in stallholders lives. I’ve heard of this platform helping to put children through school, giving people independence, helping to pay the bills, the growth of small businesses, and even distracting some from sicknesses. This all makes it worthwhile to host the market day each month,” said De Jong.

Visitors from as far as George, East Londen and Graaff Reinet attended the Uitenhage Market. This is apart from the loyal local supporters who come to the market every month.

To be part of the Uitenhage Market birthday celebrations join them this Sunday at Willow Dam, in Graaff-Reinet Road. The theme is Country Christmas and there will be singers adding to the day’s joyful atmosphere and more than 200 stalls operating from 09:00 to 15:00. For more information contact Lilly on 076 345 9935 or wibsouthafrica@gmail.com

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