- Yolisa Fuma grew up poor in a township in the Eastern Cape
- However, with little money and no education, she taught herself how to do bead work
- She has since used her beading skills to grow a business and help other women
It is always inspiration to hear the success story of someone who came from nothing and made something of themselves.
Yolisa Fuma is one of those people. She grew up poor and somewhere along the line she developed a love for beading- which would one day make her a successful business owner.
Today, Fuma sells her creative bead work locally and internationally. Since starting her beads business, Fuma exported her good to Germany and Sweden.
However, the road to success was far from easy for the mother of four, she was born in a township outside Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.
SebenzaLIVE reported apart from having no money, Fuma's family consisted of 15 people under one small roof.
Her parents' financial woes meant they could not afford for her to study and without a proper education she knew it was up to her to make a success of her life, Briefly.co.za learned.
So, she started learning to crochet and soon shifted her focus to bead work, which she found had quite the promising market.
Fuma recalled she taught herself how to do bead work, and she moved to Port Elizabeth from Cape Town to kick off her business.
Fuma admitted it was tough at times, but with the help and support of the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) and the municipality, she started to make money, which enabled her to look after her kids.
Her products even reached an international market, some of her beaded and crocheted products were purchased by German and Swedish clients.
The entrepreneur has since been chosen by the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association and its local municipality as one of 20 emerging crafts producers to attend a four-day training programme hosted by the CDI.
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