A proudly South African,
Dorcus Racheku, Tshilidzi Radzindou, Nyoni Tshifhiwa moved to Diepsloot from Limpopo with one common goal, to find work and provide for their families.
Although they did not know each other then, the four women shared the same challenge of having dependents that they needed to provide for.
When finding work proved challenging the women took up sewing to empower themselves.
Just as luck would have it, I Love Diepsloot, a brand that challenged economic and environmental sustainability issues with a local and humanistic approach, employed the women.
The Diepsloot worker co-operative was established embodying the metaphor of ‘second chances’ in their practice and ethos employed the women and help improve their skills.
They provided empowerment and employment opportunities for the people from the community by transforming plastic shopping packets, old billboard skins and rejected leather off-cuts into carefully reworked and refined up-cycled corporate gifting products.
Sadly, for the women I Love Diepsloot closed its doors and the women went back to being unemployed. Knowing what unemployed meant for them the women decided to come together and start their own business of sewing and selling bags.
The business is new and experience challenges of any start-up SME
but they are determined to make it work not only for themselves but
also for their children and community.