Meet the men and woman of the Obakeng Sewing Cirle
Mpolokeng is 32 and has joined the Tshukudu Obakeng Sewing Circle to help keep her busy
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a child she was repeatedly told my doctors that she would be unable to maintain a formal job, which discouraged her and her dreams of becoming a chef.
Unable to read or write, Mpolokeng lives with her mother and siblings and helps to cook and clean inside their home. In her free time, she loves to dance.
She hopes that the money she earns from this project will help fund her nieces’ and nephews’ education.
Emily is a 51-year-old mother of three daughters and four sons. Needless to say, Emily has been an extremely busy lady! One of her daughters is also involved in the Obakeng Tshukudu Sewing Circle.
Her favourite activity is playing on the local women’s netball team and competing against nearby communities. Emily also loves to sew clothes for her many grandchildren.
She will use the income she generates from the Tshukudu initiative for her grandchildren’s education.
Pauline is a 49 – year –old mother of three and proud grandmother of two.
Pauline has never had a job in the formal sector but instead she volunteers part-time at the local crèche in Obakeng village.
She loves looking after the children whilst their parents are at work, thus making a valuable contribution to her community. In her free time, she participates in a netball team with other local women.
Income she generates from the Tshukudu Initiative, Pauline wants to purchase supplies for the crèche at which she works.
Harriet is 45 years old, and lives in Obakeng, North West Province, South Africa.
Harriet is a mother of five; three daughters and two sons. She completed school, however has never fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse. This due to a lack of funds. Despite this setback, Harriet assists patients at the community clinic as a community health care worker.
When she is not busy with her family or at the clinic she listens to the radio, whilst embroidering her rhinos.