- A local couple make jewellery and accessories from recycled materials
- They left their job to pursue their passion and start their business, Lessy501 Merchandise
- They also have workshops for youth to teach them valuable skills
Lesego Jantjie and Boitumelo Thakalekoala have found an innovative and creative way to profit from rubbish, changing the way we think about waste and consumerism.
The couple use discarded materials, from clothing pegs and matchboxes to cans and beer containers, and transform them into beautiful new items.
Their jewellery is not only eco-friendly, but also stunning fashion statements inspired by African culture.
The couple realise that everybody appreciates African jewellery and the home-made feel of their products and have found their designs are in high demand, Briefly.co.za found.
Lesego and Boitumelo didn’t need a lot of capital to start their venture and took a giant leap of faith to pursue their passion. They left their jobs three-years ago and now fully committed to their enterprise, Lessy501 Merchandise, Daily Sun reported.
Lesego says she makes earrings while her partner makes bags, necklaces and other accessories. They hope to soon start making furniture as well.
Proud of how their business improved their lives, Lesego and Boitumelo are also holding workshops to teach the youth how to develop practical skills which can help them make a living.
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