Thembisile Sambo's passion for carpentry has seen her go from employee to employer. The former maths teacher switched chalk for chisel when she opened her own furniture manufacturing company.
The 36-year-old woman from Mpumalanga has always had a spot for wooden furniture and three years ago, she decided to take a course in carpentry.
“I realised that there are not a lot of women carpenters in South Africa. This motivated me even more to attain the skills."
According to Sambo, many people advised her to hire men to do the physical work while she did the admin, but she refused.
“I wanted to know how to do the job because I am really passionate about making wooden products.”
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After learning about the furniture manufacturing industry, she decided to open her own business. The business has grown and Sambo has had to hire more carpenters to assist her. She registered her company, Imvelo Interiors, and was offered a learnership and workshop space by Furntech to build her skills in furniture manufacturing.
Today, Imvelo employs three people on a permanent basis and offers part-time work to many others.
“I would love to create more jobs, especially for women, because I believe it is time that women realise they can do any kind of job."
Imvelo Interiors manufactures wooden furniture such as television stands, headboards and tables.
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