Meet the 5 ladies who own Sikhona Cooperative, which makes kids’ wear

Meet the 5 ladies who own Sikhona Cooperative, which makes kids’ wear

- Khosi Jayiya teamed up with 4 other ladies to establish Sikhona Cooperative

- It manufactures school uniforms and ethnic clothing for kids

- It is based in Queenstown, where it has a large factory

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Five entrepreneurial ladies in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, teamed up to form a successful company called Sikhona Cooperative.

Their business manufactures school uniforms and ethnic wear for children, GCIS Vuk'uzenzele reports.

The company's managing director, Khosi Jayiya, said they founded the cooperative in 2007. It has grown substantially since then.

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With help from Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, Sikhona now has a 371 square-metre factory that has created employment for five locals.

The cooperative also has a training unit for aspiring clothing manufacturers. So far, it has trained 20 youths, gathered.

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Khosi, who is a qualified fashion designer, said they faced many challenges and failures at first. However, they remained determined and never gave up. She explained:

We started as a small business but now we have grown and own a factory. Our goal is to have a vibrant and successful business that contributes to the development of our community.
We want to improve the economic conditions in our small town, starting with ourselves and those around us.

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