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Beadwork by Gregan Bodington

and her Team from Thandeka Designs

24 February 2007

At the Country Craft Market on 24 February, this group demonstrated various aspects of their beadwork crafts and invited all visitors to the craft market to call at their stall and watch them at work.

Minah, Gregan and Angie

 

The women of Thandeka Designs, Nosakhele (Angie), Nomzamo (Minah), Nozuko, Eniekie and Gregan operate their modernised copper-wire craft business across the road from Lwandle Township in Somerset West

 

 

 

 

 

Their craft is centred around glass beads, wire work and copper wire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thandeka Designs is a true-life testimony of real-life women who took hold of a tiny opportunity that came their way, and through dedication to learning and hard work, turned it into a self-sufficient, financially stable and opportunity-filled business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The true spirit of their venture ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willing hearts behind willing hands

 

 

 

 

 

Some decorated tableware 

 

 

Gregan's Story

In the realm of entrepreneurship, not all have the will to persist, while many fall prey to other more pressing demands on their lives. Yet those that do survive the steep gradient of the trial and error in tough economic conditions and finally turn ideas into productive realities, become both an inspiration and shining examples, for others in their communities to follow.

Thandeka Designs is the business of such an group of entrepreneurs. It is a true-life testimony of real-life women who took hold of a tiny opportunity that came their way, and through dedication to learning and hard work, turned it into a self-sufficient, financially stable and opportunity-filled business.

The beginnings of Thandeka Designs was humble and stemmed from an unexpected source. In July, 2000 a small group of volunteers started serving soup and bread to the TB and AIDS patients at the Lwandle Township Clinic. This led to them becoming involved in a local crèche where they soon identified a need amongst the mothers of the children, to develop craft skills that could help them to generate incomes for themselves. In response to this, the Masimanyane Project was started with a knitting course sponsored by Rotary Club, Strand.

At their once-a-week gatherings, the women who participated in the Masimanyane Project learned to knit, sew and crochet. For two years, the only earnings these women had was from selling their own blankets and throws, and their earnings were both meagre and inadequate. Yet these difficult times proved to be just the test of persistence that Thandeka Designs would benefit from 2 years later. Over this time, the number of students dwindled from 15 down to 4. Yet these 4 remaining women had realised that learning and hard work are much more important than the immediate rewards of money alone, and consequently they gelled into a team with a clear focus and a dream. Thandeka Designs had been born and had also accumulated a collection of good quality products from all their efforts.

Their craft is centred around glass beads, wire work and copper wire. They also produce a range of stainless steel lighting and interior décor items. The women of Thandeka Designs, Nosakhele (Angie), Nomzamo (Mina), Nozuko, Eniekie and Gregan operate their modernised copper-wire craft business across the road from Lwandle Township in Somerset West. Their website at www.thandekadesigns.co.za provides further information on their business.

 

 

 

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