A woman from Durban gives unemployed differently-abled youth an opportunity to earn money through her business ZuluGal Retro.
ZuluGal Retro is a company that produces handbags and accessories, which are made of recycled materials.
Briefly.co.za learned ZuluGal Retro sells everything from handbags to lampshades, which are made out of recycled products such as used food packaging.
The brain behind the project, Nozipho Zulu, gives the youth an opportunity to use their talents to create beautiful designs and generate money from the sales.
According to Zulu, the business is a social enterprise that was founded on the belief “that the arts and craft industry has a potential to significantly contribute towards economic empowerment and the improvement of socio-economic well being of disadvantaged groups."
Since her project empowers people in need, Zulu’s business received funding from the National Arts Council of South Africa and the Mandela Washington Fellowship social impact grants, IOL reported.
Zulu’s business is also part of the RedBull Amphiko Academy, which she can use to raise awareness for her brand and its cause.
As for the future, Zulu hopes she can empower more different-abled youth and their caregivers, not only in KwaZulu-Natal, but nationwide.
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