What started out as a project for unemployed women has become a beacon of hope for Nomalungisa Bhayibhile.
Bhayibhile is one of ten women who recently completed a sewing course and is now excited to grow her own business.
“Not only have I learnt the basics of how to use a sewing machine, I’m equipped with various skills which makes it more than possible to start my own business,” says Bhayibhile.
A week long course held at the Kayamandi Corridor encouraged these beginner seamstresses to think outside the box.
“I have two children and since 2013 when I stopped working, it hasn’t always been easy to provide for my family.
“This project gave me hope again. I loved coming here everyday and spend time with these women. Even though we didn’t know each other, we’ve become friends. We’re unemployed moms who share the same struggle, we fight the same battles and all of us want to be useful and do something with our lives.”
Bhayibhile proudly shows off the apron and other handwork she’s been busy with this week and says the hunger for success motivated them to want to start their own business.
“Now that we have the skill and the certificate to show for it, we are definitely hoping to have our sewing business up and running soon. We just want to make our own money and make our kids and families proud,” says Bhayibhile.
Cllr. Faith Bangani says there are many unemployed women like Bhayibhile in Kayamandi. “That is why we need to equip our women with the necessary skills.”