Maria Mzisa coördineert de groep dames uit Johannesburg en Mpumalanga (Kwandabele). Zij maken de brede armbanden met zilveren sluiting en de Afro-Style armbandjes. Maria heeft een groot aanzien bij de mensen in haar township. Haar rust, kennis, aansturen en opleiden van de medewerkers maken haar een bijzonder persoon om voor en mee te werken.
Door het succes van deze armbandjes worden er steeds meer dames opgeleid. Een gewéldige ontwikkeling voor deze kleine producenten en hun gezinnen. Townshipsmile doneert met behulp van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven starterspakketten met eigen gereedschap voor de productie aan startende producenten.
Bekijk de trailer die we maakten van ons bezoek aan Maria en haar team in mei 2013.
Lees de persoonlijke introducties van de dames hieronder.
Maria is de coördinator van het team
“My name is Maria Mzisa, I am 56 years old and mother of 3 children. My youngest son is 20, he is still living with me. I also take care of my grand- daughter Amanda of 7 years old.
I am born with beads, my granny taught me how to bead when I was a child. Stringing beads is my life. I have built my house from the money I have earned with beads. I look after my family and community by giving them beadwork to do whenever we get orders. This helps us to stay at the place of our birth, instead of moving to the city to look for work.”
“My name is Gritta Ntuli, I am 65 years old. I am married and have adult children, a son and a daughter. I am a proud grandmother too! My job and passion is bead work. I started in 1997 to do this work. With the money I earn I buy groceries for my family.”
“My name is Johanna Motha. I am from Waterval B New Stand. I started to work with the beads in 1981. We started off as a family, me , mom, and my two sisters as well. The money that I earned I used to pay school fees for my children and I used to buy basic needs such as food, clothes, electricity etc. I like doing this job, because it helps me to do everything for my children.”
Thandeka Iris Mahlangu
“My name is Thandeka Iris Mahlangu. I am 29 and mother of one child.
I started doing bead work in 2008, the year after I matriculated, because I was sitting at home doing nothing. Then I became interested in doing something challenging. A friend of mine showed me how to do this work. I learnt it one day at home, then I became passionate about bead working, because it helps me a lot. The money that I earn from Townshipsmile helps me to buy clothes for my little girl and for myself. I am proud of myself doing this work, because it shows dedication and that in life, you can do something beautiful with your hands.”
“My name is Johanna Mahlangu, I was born in 1952 at Groblersdal. I have 5 children and started making beads when I was 20 years old. My grandmother taught me the techniques. Since then beadwork is my work, nothing else. The money I earn with it I use to pay for my children at school and I buy food for them. I really enjoy my work too much and want to thank Townshipsmile!”
“Hi, I am Khuwa. I am 35 years old and have a daughter, Thandeka, she is 15 years of age. My boyfriend does not live with us because of his work. I started doing beadwork in 2009 to buy my child clothes and to fill her lunch box when she went to school. I am proud that I have something I can do myself, it gives me self worth to earn my own money. “
“I love my work as it keeps me away from doing something bad. It is nice to be here at the department, to be with others. I work hard for my money and am proud to be able to pay for school fees for my boy and food for my old parents and younger brother and sister.”
“I am Tithylia Moyo, 36 years old. I am a proud mother of one son, Eric, he is 9 years. I am a widow and working as a house keeper in Johannesburg. I pay the school fees with the money that I earn by making these bracelets. Eric lives with me and goes to a local school. His education is important to me. The extra money I earn with the beadwork helps me a lot.”