Bicycles and beautiful bags change lives in rural South Africa

Bicycles and beautiful bags change lives in rural South Africa

- Community members in the North West province have been given a chance to earn a living

- This is through work done by a global charity organisation

- Residents in rural towns are able to sew bags and make bicycles to provide income

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Tiny has been given a chance at making something more of her life in rural North West province. She, along with other community members, are supporting their families by creating beautiful bags from bright local shwe-shwe fabric.

At the Madikwe Rural Development Project (MRDP), seamstresses put their skills together to create a living doing everything from making bags to building bicycles.

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Bicycles and beautiful bags change lives in rural South Africa

Bicycles and beautiful bags change lives in rural South Africa
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MRDP is home to one of Qhubeka’s two bicycle assembly facilities, as well as a range of Qhubeka work-to-earn programmes, many of which are craft projects. Qhubeka is a global charity that helps people in Africa.

Tiny was born in Koffiekraal, Ga-Mokgathla and has two children. The mother grew up in poverty and taught herself to sew.

Today, her sewing talents are being put to good use creating musette bags, which are finding homes with cyclists around the world.

“When you have a passion, you always try do anything out of nothing."

Tiny went on to explain that even at night she takes small rags and makes patterns because sewing is her passion.

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"I thank God; I thank my grandmother; I thank my mother for the support that they gave me. I was able to build this house, because of sewing every day. One day, I am praying that there will be a way for me to be able to build a workshop and have all the materials I need; all the equipment, that I need."

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