- Moses Rombayi a physically challenged man that creates animals using colourful fabrics
- As a child, he suffered from Polio, which led to his disability and inability to walk on his own
- Moses says he never received any formal training for his unique creations but added it was just his God-given talent
By Zakithi Dlamini - Freelance Journalist
Many people may use their disabilities as an excuse not to work hard, however, this is not the case for Moses Rombayi, a physically challenged husband and father.
He never let his disability keep him away from working hard for his family and has inspired Mzansi. The Orange Farm resident used old colourful fabrics to create beautiful toys and decorations in the form of animals. His creations include elephants, giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles, lions and hippos. His first creation was an elephant.
As a child, Moses suffered from Polio, which led to his disability. Today he is unable to walk and can only move around on crutches. Speaking to Briefly.co.za, he said self-pity was never an option for him and he fought hard for his family's wellbeing.
Moses used to watch a fellow seamstress and that's when his love for his creations developed. He used donated fabrics for his creations and purchased authentic African fabrics to give them that African look and feel. His beauties have zips so the stuffing can be taken out for the fabric to be washed.
“I just had this idea, this dream that I had to fulfil. It's just an idea that came to my mind. It's my God given talent and I am grateful that I'm able to take care of my family through my talent.”
“I always pray to God for growth. I've learnt important business lessons in the past years. Some have been painful and costly but I am dertemined not to get bitter. I want to grow and learn from my mistakes” added Moses.
Moses cares for his wife, and two daughters who are aged seven and seven months old. His biggest dream is to see more of his unique creations being stocked in stores.
“Never let disability stand in a way of becoming great. You can be great no matter what your condition. Being disabled is no excuse to sit and do nothing while feeling sorry for yourself. I thank God for being a broad minded man,” said Moses.
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