- Andile Dladla is a 21-year-old self-taught tailor who used money from her University to help her push forward with her dream
- She purchased her first sewing machine with pocket money and taught herself the basics of sewing through YouTube
- Purchasing a new sewing machine allowed the hardworking young women to open up her own business
21-year-old Andile Dladla is inspiring the masses with her unique designs. Using money she received from Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Midlands Entrepreneurship Centre’s Seed Funding, she bought herself a brand-new sewing machine.
Dladla was born in a small village in Empangeni called Kwesakamthethwa. In February 2019, the Bachelor of Education student used pocket money to purchase a sewing machine. Through YouTube, she managed to teach herself how to sew.
Yearning to advance her skills, Dladla attained the help of a local tailor at a cost of R60 per day. She registered her company later in 2019 and now works from home. Dladla uses digital platforms such as Facebook to aid her with marketing and connecting with her customers.
When asked if she feels as though she is inspiring others, Dladla had this to say:
"Yes, I believe my hard work is inspiring, especially to the youth. With my story, I want to inspire others to start where they are with what you have, assistance and support will find them along the way just like it happened to me.
"It is much easier to assist someone who has already started than someone who still has an idea. Even if you are studying towards a particular diploma you are not confined to that career path, there are other things that you can do to develop yourself and make money."
Dladla responded wisely when asked if she hopes to help others fulfil their dreams:
"Most definitely, especially in instilling the culture of teaching yourself a new skill. I am self-taught and my love for making clothing garments has taken me to the next level where I now have a business out of my passion."
Although Dladla is quite new to the design and sewing world she has faced troubles with people doubting her abilities:
"People always doubt my skills as I am very young and have no accreditation in this field."
Dladla has a drive for success and an undying passion for the work she does. She dreams of expanding her business by acquiring a spacious location with all the necessary equipment needed to build her brand and assist other young and upcoming tailors.
In other exclusive news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on Mduduzi Ncube, a South African singer-songwriter. Mduduzi shared that he grew up in a family that loved music. His sisters loved singing and soon he too fell in love with it.
In high school, the aspirant musician started a group of four members with his friends. Drawing inspiration from The Soil and Akon, the group explored the music scene. The group unfortunately split in their matric year after two years together.
Two years after matric, Mduduzi was gifted with a guitar. He taught himself how to play and perfect the instrument.
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